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Quantifying Sustainable Development

Charles A. S Hall
Price: $ 99.95

The spring of the new millenium saw an explosion of events and arguments relating to international money, development and banks, stock markets, environmental destruction, and economics and energy. Formerly quiet and safe topics suddenly became explosive and controversial. Most of the analyses given for these issues presented them as disconnected events. But are they? For those seeking a much deeper understanding of the links among energy, economies and environment Quantifying Sustainable Development offers a remarkably fresh, integrative and comprehensive analysis focusing on one country where the issues especially come together-Costa Rica.

In this exciting, interdisciplinary book, the new "holy grail" of neoclassical economics-growth as "sustainable development"-is examined in an explicitly empirical framework using extensive databases on economic and agricultural activity, meteorology, demography, soils, agricultural production, and land use in Costa Rica. The contributors apply modern geographical and computational tools to age-old resource issues while asking whether the conventional approaches that we have used for economic analysis are adequate to the task.

-Links economic and biophysical analyses of sustainability
-Presents new tools and approaches for analysis and decision-making
-Includes a CD-ROM containing data and programs, color images, animated models, and references

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