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The Economics and Policies of Environmental Standards

The Economics and Policies of Environmental Standards

Papyrakis, Elissaios and Tasciotti, Luca ORCID: 0000-0003-2561-5530 (2021) The Economics and Policies of Environmental Standards. Springer. ISBN 9783030718589

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Abstract

Many scientists refer to our current geological epoch as the Anthropocene, a period of unprecedented human impact on the planet’s climate stability and ecosystems. The number of plant and animal species under threat of extinction has been unparalleled. Since the industrial revolution, reckless human activity has generated enormous pressure on our local and global natural environments. Consumerism and globalisation have both been important driving forces behind accelerated rates of environmental degradation and pollution. There has been more than tenfold increase in the average (per capita) levels of consumption since the beginning of the nineteenth century—-globally we are using 1.7 times the amount of natural capital that would be considered as sustainable (in other words, we are currently running a massive ecological deficit, with imminent consequences arising from such an accumulated environmental debt). Globalisation, as a result of advances in transportation and communication technologies, has further intensified environmental pressures. While the Covid19 pandemic caused a temporary pause in global interactions, it has never been easier to reach remote parts of the world for short-term holidays with the help of carbon-intensive aeroplanes or indulge in online shopping from sellers found thousands of kilometres away.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics, policy, environmental standards
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 23 May 2021 07:27
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32301

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