Environmental and Natural Resource Economics:
A Contemporary Approach
by Jonathan M. Harris & Brian Roach
This text introduces students to the
expanding field of ecological economics. It balances coverage of standard environmental economics topics with a global
perspective on current ecological issues such as population
growth, global climate change, "green" national
income accounting, and the relationship between trade
and the environment. The Fourth Edition is now available. Order via Routledge.
Updates on contemporary issues
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Student chapter review questions and web-based exercises
New material in Fourth Edition:
- Scientists’ Warning on Global Ecosystems
- Decarbonizing the Global Economy
- The Water Crisis in California
- Status of the World’s Groundwater Supplies
- The Economic Value of the World’s Oceans
- Leaving Fossil Fuels Unused to Meet Climate Targets
- Accounting for Carbon Emission Externalities in U.S. Environmental Policy
Note the chapter numbering has changed from the third edition. See Table of Contents
- The former Chapter 6 on valuing the environment has been expanded to create a new Chapter 7 on cost-benefit analysis.
- Revised chapter ordering: the chapter on Pollution Analysis and Policy becomes Chapter 8 to facilitate dealing with analytical material in the first half of the course.
- Energy and Climate chapters expanded and reorganized to create a new section on “Energy, Climate Change, and Greening the Economy”, focusing on the rapid spread of renewable energy, the increased urgency of climate change and new policies to respond to it, including the Paris Agreement and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and addressing the broader questions involved in developing an economy compatible with environmental sustainability.
- New, expanded and updated material on population, agriculture, forests, fisheries, water systems, and other major topics.
- Chapter 1: Changing Perspectives on the Environment
Updated presentation of environmental and ecological economics
- Chapter 11: Energy: The Great Transition
A focus on recent trends in renewable energy
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“The book is simply great! It is really one
of a kind. It fills an important need in the field,
which will become more and more important in the future,
no doubt – integrating standard environmental
economics and ecological economics. The book is very
clear, very informative, flows very well, and indeed
is written as a very interesting and fascinating story.
The students like it. The additional materials that
come with the book are also very good. In short, job
– Rafael Reuveny, School of Public and Environmental
Affairs at Indiana University
achievement. This is a carefully crafted textbook
that should appeal to students from the natural sciences,
as well as those from economics and other social sciences.
The text covers a number of important topics that
most texts neglect, including agricultural sustainability,
the relationship between trade and the environment,
and the role of local and national institutions in
promoting environment-friendly development. The tone
of the book is formal yet friendly, and the layout
of text, tables, and figures is top notch. Each chapter
includes numerous useful links to material on the
worldwide web. This book should prove popular with
students and instructors alike.
– Gerald Shively,
that you have written the perfect introductory text
covering environmental and natural resource economics.
The production is first-rate - very clear and uncluttered,
excellent diagrams and examples, well thought out
discussion questions and problems. The choice and
sequence of topics is excellent and you have provided
for the right balance between the neoclassical and
ecological approaches. It is a most appealing text.
– Prof. Steven
Kemp, Curtin University, Australia
Third Edition Materials
See Table of Contents
Sample chapters from the Third Edition:
Changes to the Third Edition
The third edition of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (M.E. Sharpe, 2013) maintains its essential focus on making environmental issues accessible to a broad range of students. New material in the third edition includes:
- A new chapter on water economics including analysis of water demand management, water pricing, and water privatization
- A new chapter on the relationship between environmental protection and the economy including analysis of decoupling output from resource and energy inputs, and policies to promote a green economy
- New material on “green” national income accounting, including Adjusted Net Savings, the Genuine Progress Indicator, the Better Life Index, and environmental asset accounts
- New scientific evidence on climate change and a new chapter on global climate change policy, including technological potential, abatement costs, and proposals for an Earth Atmospheric Trust and Greenhouse Development Rights
All data series have been updated to reflect recent trends. New appendices have been added to chapters dealing with formal analysis, providing greater depth in analytical techniques.