But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World

But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World

Gernot Wagner / Jun 17, 2019

But Will the Planet Notice How Smart Economics Can Save the World You are one of seven billion people on Earth Whatever you or I do personally eat tofu in a Hummer or hamburgers in a Prius the planet doesn t notice In our confrontation with climate change species p

  • Title: But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World
  • Author: Gernot Wagner
  • ISBN: 9780809052073
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You are one of seven billion people on Earth Whatever you or I do personally eat tofu in a Hummer or hamburgers in a Prius the planet doesn t notice In our confrontation with climate change, species preservation, and a planet going off the cliff, it is what several billion people do that makes a difference The solution It isn t science, politics, or activism It s smYou are one of seven billion people on Earth Whatever you or I do personally eat tofu in a Hummer or hamburgers in a Prius the planet doesn t notice In our confrontation with climate change, species preservation, and a planet going off the cliff, it is what several billion people do that makes a difference The solution It isn t science, politics, or activism It s smarter economics The hope of mankind, and indeed of every living thing on the planet, is now in the hands of the dismal science Fortunately, we ve been there before Economists helped crack the acid rain problem in the 1990s admittedly with a strong assist from a phalanx of lawyers and activists Economists have helped get lead out of our gas, and they can explain why lobsters haven t disappeared off the coast of New England but tuna is on the verge of extinction More disquietingly, they can take the lessons of the financial crisis and model with greater accuracy than anyone else the likelihood of environmental catastrophe, and they can help save us from global warming, if only we let them.

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      • Gernot Wagner

        Gernot Wagner is an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund He teaches at Columbia and graduated from both Harvard and Stanford He doesn t eat meat, doesn t drive, and knows full well the futility of his personal choices.


    486 Comments

    1. The very first thing I noticed about this book was glancing over the copyright information and noticing that the author is only four years older than I am; this led to a glance at the book jacket, which lists among his credentials, degrees from Harvard, Stanford, and teaching at Columbia. Odious comparisons aside, the topic of social responsibility and of social economics has been one of interest to me due to the clash between traditional eastern and western values on those issues.Occasionally a [...]


    2. I picked this up on a whim off the new books table at my local library, and I am (mostly) glad I did! I say "mostly" first because, while I have read no one in memory who can make reading about economics as much fun as Gernot Wagner, it's still a book about the interplay of economics and environmental problems to be solved, most specifically and importantly climate change. Second, because, as optimistic as Wagner tries to be, he makes the consequence of "Nightfall" all too real:"'Nightfall', so [...]


    3. It was great to see a topic I'm passionate about being discussed from another industry's perspective. This ties into a bit about nudge theory and incetivising people, but overall Wagner presents a case that I'd probably agreed with regardless of the book. This should be picked up if you're sceptical of economic sustainability or know some hard headed economists :)I do wish Wagner presented a few more cases of where his perspectives were put into practice and how we can use this information to ef [...]


    4. A thought-provoking book that questions some environmental regulations (endangered species act) and supports others (carbon cap-and-trade) based on economic grounds. It could be an incredibly boring book, based on the density of the subject matter, but the author has a real talent for writing colloquially and humorously. Here's my review: thedailygreen/environm


    5. Can't argue with his core analysis, but the style irritated me. Too glib and self-celebratory. Too much name dropping. Interesting ideas were introduced, but treated so superficially that I wondered whether the author intended to educate the reader, or merely to impress with the breadth of his knowledge. It would have been more informative and useful to honestly examine some of the problems of the CDM and ETS. Instead, he either failed to acknowledge past errors, or brushed them aside as naive m [...]


    6. Solid, easy to read introductory book to environmental economics - but emphasis on introductory. Having studied environmental science in school, supplemented by many other books, this book felt very much like a beginner book. Also, while it's not a long book, I felt like parts were redundant and could have been shortened.Overall, wouldn't discourage anyone from reading but for those looking for a more in-depth view of environmental economics should maybe consider "Natural Capitalism" instead.


    7. Not quite the 50 page rule, but didn't finish it. Really liked the first two thirds or three quarters, but after awhile it got to be, "want to discourage a behavior, then tax it". However agree with other reviewers, he writes well. The earlier sections on cap and trade and the endangered species act were well written and well thought out. Also was interesting to see how little an effect that one person has. All the little things that individuals do, don't really amount to too much in a global se [...]


    8. This was an interesting read. Anyone looking for something of this genre will find it accessible and informative. I think college professors would be able to use this as a text with students of varying abilities. It is written very clearly with humor, but still goes into a lot of depth. It's not dry and really keeps the reader engaged.Thanks for the Firstreads Giveaway!


    9. it's written in a rookie manner - a sophomore enamored by his graduate school proffs. A handful of ideas - repeated(with exacts same combination of words) for a minimum of 5-times each. throwing around Ivy-league jargons could only postpone the inevitable succumb to the torture. such a waste of time & everything.


    10. Backwards-thinking for a backwards world: starting from the place any Serious Thinker should — one's self — Wagner proceeds from self-culpability outward, to the odiously-maligned "cap and trade" policy as a way of breaking up — after conceiving of — socialized costs, putting them in the "fair market value" playing field.What else'll work? Read the book and see for yourself.


    11. A charmingly written book with an important message: we can't fix this f*cking thing all by ourselves. Wagner teaches us a lot about environmental economics--and economics generally-- but you hardly notice because it's so fun to read.


    12. FINISHED! WHOO HOOOOOO!!! This is my 'bible' to understanding economics vs environment which has been toying with my head for many years. Still do though. Will make a review on this book ASAP!In the meantime, Happy Reading, good people!


    13. Some well explained concepts and case studies for the non-economist, although a bit repetitive towards the end. I would have liked some analysis of other environmental issues beyond those that can be solved with a simple 'cap and trade' system.




    14. Such a good writer!! I think I would love to have him as a professor- serious, witty, honest, and sometimes just funny. Enjoyed reading this book.



    15. Environmental economist explains how to make a significant, rather than just individual, impact on climate and other issues.


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