“You are one of seven billion people on Earth. Whatever you or I do personally—eat tofu in a Hummer or hamburgers in a Prius—the planet doesn’t notice. In our confrontation with climate change… it is what several billion people do that makes a difference. The solution? It isn’t science, politics, or activism. It’s smarter economics.”
Written by environmental economist (not actually a contradictory term) Gernot Wagner, this book looks at how the incentives of capitalism, used intelligently, can help solve environmental problems. He gives examples of economic solutions used for problems such as acid rain and leaded petrol and endangered animals, and suggests how solutions that appeal to human self-interest can be utilized to tackle our biggest environmental problem, climate change. Written in an entertaining and accessible manner, and making excellent arguments for measures such as carbon taxes, this is no dreary economics book. Available for purchase online or from Sunshine Coast Libraries.