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w24: Ecological economics I

Topic 4

Lecture handout

w24: Introduction to ecological / biophysical / doughnut economics / figures

[Powerpoint handout version with notes space]

Main reading

* Costanza, R et al (2009), Beyond GDP: The need for new measures of progress?The Pardee Papers, no. 4, January

Coyle, D (2014), GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, Princeton: Princeton University Press

* Gowdy, J and Erickson, JD (2005a), The approach of ecological economicsCambridge Journal of Economics, v29, pp207-222

Gowdy, J and Erickson, JD (2005b), Ecological economics at a crossroadsEcological Economics, 53 pp17-20

Hall, C and Klitgaard, K (2011), Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy, New York: Springer

Jackson, T (2009a), Prosperity without Growth? – The transition to a sustainable economy, Sustainable Development Commission [see 2010 TED talk]

Jackson, T (2009b, repr. 2011), Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet, Abingdon: Earthscan

Juniper, T (2013), What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?, London: Profile Books

* Lasn, K (2012), Meme wars: the creative destruction of neoclassical economics, London: Penguin

McDonough, W and Braungart, M (2002), Cradle to cradle: remaking the way we make things, Northpoint press [see TED talk]

Raworth K (2017), Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, London: Penguin Random House [see the Doughnut Economics YouTube channel as well]

*** Wallace-Wells, D (2019), The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future, London: Allen-Lane

Conventional environmental policy

Carrington, D (2013), EU carbon price crashes to record low, The Guardian, Jan 24th

Evans, S (2017), Q&A: Will the reformed EU Emissions Trading System raise carbon prices?, Carbon Brief, Dec 6th

OECD (2013), Climate and Carbon: Aligning Prices and Policies, OECD Environment Policy Paper, October, No. 1

Sandbag (a climate change lobby group) on (EU) carbon pricing

Sandbag’s EU ETS dashboard is interesting to have a play with too.

Other resources

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Extinction Rebellion

MacArthur, E (2015), The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world, TED2015

Carbon Tracker Initiative

Met Office Hadley Centre observations datasets

Ritchie, H and Roser, M (2017), CO? and other Greenhouse Gas Emissions,, May
[good visualisations of global datasets]

Thurnberg, Greta (2018),  The disarming case to act right now on climate change, Tedx Stockholm, November

Issues and concerns

2019 lecture examples

Carrington, D (2019a), Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study, The Guardian, Jan 15th

Carrington, D (2019b), UK has biggest fossil fuel subsidies in the EU, finds commission, The Guardian, Jan 23rd

Carrington, D (2019c), Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’, The Guardian, Feb 10th

Rhodes, M (2016), HOW QUICKLY CLIMATE CHANGE IS ACCELERATING, IN 167 MAPS, Wired, Aug 30th – see Ed Hawkins visualisation of global temperature change

Riley, T (2017), Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says, The Guardian, July 10th

Wallace-Wells, D (2019), ‘The devastation of human life is in view’: what a burning world tells us about climate change, The Guardian, Feb 2nd [see his book too]

Watts, J (2018), We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UNThe Guardian, Oct 8th

2018 lecture examples

Abraham, J (2018), Scientists have detected an acceleration in sea level rise, The Guardian, Feb 27th

Carrington, D (2018), Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists, The Guardian, Mar 12th

Topham, G (2018), CO2 emissions from average UK new car rise for first time since 2000The Guardian, Feb 27th

Watts, J (2018), World’s great forests could lose half of all wildlife as planet warms – report,The Guardian, Mar 14th