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Title: Ecological economics: energy, environment, and society
Authors: Juan Martínez Alier, Klaus Schlüpmann
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: B. Blackwell, 1990
ISBN: 0631171460, 9780631171461
Length: 287 pages

Title: The Environmentalism of the Poor
Author: Juan Martinez-Alier
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2002
Length: 312 pages

"The Environmentalism of the Poor has the explicit intention of helping to establish two emerging fields of study – political ecology and ecological economics – while also investigating the relations between them.”

Title: Ecological Economics: The Science and Management of Sustainability
Author:  Robert Costanza
Publisher: Columbia University Press, 1991
Length: 525 pages

“Ecological economics is a new cross-disciplinary approach to understanding and managing the ecology and economics of our world for sustainability, on local, regional, and global scales. Representing work from scholars around the globe, the thirty-two chapters in this volume cover the basic world view of ecological economics; accounting, modeling, and analysis of ecological economic systems; institutional change and case studies. Part I focuses on defining the basic world view of ecological economics, and how and why it differs from conventional approaches. This section includes the historical precedents for ecological economics; discussions of the root cause of the problems facing humanity; insights into the problems of sustainability, discounting, and valuation; and ways to deal with the uncertainty inherent in ecological economics. Part II focuses on accounting, modeling, and analysis of ecological economic systems. Methods fro incorporating natural capital and services national income accounting are given along with an elaborate modeling system for regional analysis. An analysis of resource scarcity rounds out this segment. Part III explores institutional changes necessary to achieve sustainability and presents case studies of ecological engineering in the U.S. and China, the Baltic Sea region, agro-industrial ecosystems, Brazil, and the management of moist tropical forests.”

Title: Ecological Economics: Concepts and Methods
Authors: Malte Michael Faber, Reiner Manstetten, John L. R. Proops
Publisher: E. Elgar, 1996
Length: 342 pages



Title: De la Economía Ecológica al Ecologismo Popular
Author: Juan Martínez Alier
Publisher: Icaria Editorial, 1992
Length: 361 pages



Title: Ecological Economics: an introduction
Authors: Gareth Edwards-Jones, Ben Davies, Salman Hussain
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, 2000
Length: 266 pages

“Ecological economics is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study that combines insights from the natural sciences, economics, philosophy and other fields to develop innovative approaches to environmental problems. It draws on a wide range of analytical perspectives, some radical others more conventional, to build a more complete understanding of human-ecosystem interactions. Current research in the field includes work on nature conservation, land use planning, pollution control, natural resource management, and environmental impact assessment/evaluation.”

Title: Getting Down to Earth: Practical Applications of Ecological Economics
Authors: Robert Costanza, Olman Segura Bonilla, Juan Martínez Alier, International Society for Ecological Economics
Publisher: Island Press, 1996
Length: 472 pages

“Achieving global sustainability will require the development and integration of three elements: a shared vision of what a sustainable society is; new methods of analysis and modelling to understand and describe that vision; and new institutions and instruments that can make the vision a reality. Getting Down to Earth examines these three elements and the importance of their integration for the creation of a sustainable world.Drawing on materials from a workshop following the third international conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Getting Down to Earth brings together scientists, managers, and national and international policymakers to identify practical strategies for implementing sustainability based on ecological economic principles. The book: reexamines the status quo from biophysical as well as social perspectives considers the collaborative process of developing a shared vision of a sustainable and desirable society addresses the need for models that incorporate precepts of ecological economics suggests institutional changes necessary for implementing the ecological economics vision of sustainability illustrates the importance of social, economic, cultural, and ecological factors in achieving sustainability using case studies from Latin America Joining a shared vision of a sustainable and desirable world with adequate analysis and innovative implementation promises to be the "full package" necessary to achieve sustainability. Ecological economics, a transdisciplinary approach that focuses directly on the problems facing humanity and the life-supporting ecosystems on which we depend, is helping to foster the dialogue necessary to pull the package together and move toward newly articulated goals. Getting Down to Earth presents an important overview of the practical applications of ecological economics for students, researchers, faculty, and anyone interested in the development of a sustainable society.”

Title: An Introduction to Ecological Economics
Authors: Robert Costanza, International Society for Ecological Economics
Publisher: CRC Press, 1997
Length: 275 pages

“Ecological economics is a way of rethinking the relationship between humans and the environment and working out the implications of how we manage our lives and the planet. An Introduction to Ecological Economics offers a starting point for undergraduate and graduate students and environmental professionals interested in this transdisciplinary field. Beginning in Section 1 with a description of some current problems in society and their underlying causes, Section 2 then takes a historical perspective to explain how world views regarding economics and ecology have evolved. Section 3 presents the fundamental principles of ecological economics, and Part 4 outlines and discusses a set of policies for creating a sustainable society as well as instruments that could be used to implement those policies. A conclusions section summarizes the main points of the book and proposes prospects for the future. Let An Introduction to Ecological Economics introduce you to important issues affecting our ecology, our economy, our world.”

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