William D. Nordhaus – The Climate Casino

The 2018 Nobel laureate for economics analyzes the politics and economics of the central environmental issue of today and points the way to real solutions.

Climate change is profoundly altering our world in ways that pose major risks to human societies and natural systems. We have entered the Climate Casino and are rolling the global-warming dice, warns economist William Nordhaus. But there is still time to turn around and walk back out of the casino, and in this essential audiobook, the author explains how.

Bringing together all the important issues surrounding the climate debate, Nordhaus describes the science, economics, and politics involved – and the steps necessary to reduce the perils of global warming. Using language accessible to any concerned citizen and taking care to present different points of view fairly, he discusses the problem from start to finish: from the beginning, where warming originates in our personal energy use, to the end, where societies employ regulations or taxes or subsidies to slow the emissions of gases responsible for climate change.

Nordhaus offers a new analysis of why earlier policies, such as the Kyoto Protocol, failed to slow carbon dioxide emissions, how new approaches can succeed, and which policy tools will most effectively reduce emissions. In short, he clarifies a defining problem of our times and lays out the next critical steps for slowing the trajectory of global warming.

Author: William D. Nordhaus
Narrator: Graham Winton
Duration: 10 hours 47 minutes
Released: 19 Jun 2002
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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William Nordhaus received the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics for his groundbreaking work on modeling climate economics, among the topics he writes about in this book. His work has been used extensively by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and developers of carbon pricing policies. This is a key book for understanding climate policy, impediments, options and ramifications. Great book and well produced audio.