Environmental Economics

The interface of environmental concerns - real and confected - and the achievement of higher income levels has become one of the dominant themes of politics.  At various times environmental concerns have focussed on local pollution - still an issue in rapidly growing third world economies - new technologies like GM crops, resource use, and contamination. 

 

Since the early 1990s supposed global warming, stemming in the main from human emissions of carbon dioxide, has dominated environmental matters.  The issue concerns the science of global warming, the possible means of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases and the means and possibilities of assembling the necessary global consensus for action without which meaningful action is impossible.