The 10 Most Popular Environmental Economics Books

  • Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet [Read online]
    Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite PlanetIs more economic growth the solution. In this explosive book, Tim Jackson -a top sustainability adviser to the UK government- makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations. Economic heresy.
  • Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good [Read online]
    Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common GoodEconomics Unmasked presents a cogent critique of the dominant economic system, showing that the theoretical constructions of mainstream economics work mainly to bring about injustice. But a socioeconomic system based on the growth obsession can never be sustained. Contrary to the assumption of mainstream economists that economics is a value-free science, new economics must make its values explicit.
  • Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition [Read online]
    Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of TransitionSacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons. EVOLVER EDITIONS is an imprint of North Atlantic Books and is produced in collaboration with Evolver, LLC.
  • How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today [Read online]
    How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World TodayA visionary yet practical guide to building a more sustainable future, by one of the most important voices in environmentally aware design Are there practical solutions to the many global challenges—climate change, poverty, insufficient healthcare—that threaten our way of life. Author John Thackara has spent a lifetime roving the globe in search of design that serves human needs. Drawing on an inspiring range of examples, from a temple-led water management system in Bali that dates back hundreds of years to an innovative e-bike collective in Vienna, Thackara shows that below the radar of the mainstream media there are global communities creating a replacement economy—one that nurtures the earth and its inhabitants rather than jeopardizing its future—from the ground up.
  • Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis Will Transform the Global Economy [Read online]
    Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis Will Transform the Global EconomyHowever, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience and adaptability. It’s also an unmatched business opportunity: old industries will collapse while new companies literally reshape our economy. In the aftermath of the Great Disruption, we will measure ‘growth’ in a new way.
  • The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World [Read online]
    The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New WorldHowever, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience and adaptability. It’s also an unmatched business opportunity: old industries will collapse while new companies literally reshape our economy. In the aftermath of the Great Disruption, we will measure ‘growth’ in a new way.
  • The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins [Read online]
    The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist RuinsMatsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more.
  • The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality [Read online]
    The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic RealityThe End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors: Resource depletion Environmental impacts Crushing levels of debt These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce. Richard Heinberg is the author of nine previous books, including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and Blackout.
  • Let Them Eat Carbon: The Price of Failing Climate Change Policies, and How Governments and Big Business Profit From Them [Read online]
    Let Them Eat Carbon: The Price of Failing Climate Change Policies, and How Governments and Big Business Profit From ThemClimate change is big business. Much of the money so-called green policies cost us goes straight into the pockets of a bewildering range of special interests. Around the world companies are making billions out of the schemes governments have put in place saying they will curb global warming and protect us from the threat of climate change.
  • The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World [Read online]
    The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the WorldThe Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. Here, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful “Third Industrial Revolution. The Third Industrial Revolution is an insider’s account of the next great economic era, including a look into the personalities and players ― heads of state, global CEOs, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs ― who are pioneering its implementation around the world.

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