Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach

M.E. Sharpe
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This extensive revision now features:

--More coverage (two full chapters) on the topic of global warming than any other text in this field.

--A new chapter on water economics, including water demand management and water pricing.

--A new chapter on environmental protection and the economy.

--New material on food supply and the food supply crisis, including biofuels and growing meat consumption.

--Expanded green accounting techniques.

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M.E. Sharpe
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Published on
Jul 5, 2013
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Pages
584
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ISBN
9780765637949
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Development / Sustainable Development
Business & Economics / Environmental Economics
Political Science / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
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