An understanding of economics is vital to any understanding of why
environmental problems occur and what best to do about them. This
book provides an introduction to the subject of environmental
economics without assuming any in-depth prior knowledge of
economics. Part one explains the fundamental economic concepts.
Part two uses these concepts in understanding and developing policy
responses to some of the major environmental issues of our time.
Examples are drawn from all over the world and include such vital
issues as climate change, water pollution, and loss of
biodiversity. This second edition is a complete re-write and
updating of the first edition. An Introduction to Environmental
Economics examines both a wide range of environmental case studies
and also assesses a variety of economic theories and their approach
to environmental issues. Clearly written, global in approach, and
theoretically broad-minded, this text is an ideal introduction both
to the study of environmental economics and to the question of how
economics can provide tools for improving our environment.