Can Economics Save The Planet?

We’re seeing an increase in the rate of ice loss in Antartica – another sign that global warming is worsening, whilst the world’s leader do little to mitigate the problem. In fact, one of those leaders has said it’s all a hoax. But if we had a unified impetus to do something about it could we device economic systems to change our behaviour and resolve the problem? That’s a question Phil Dobbie puts to a jaded Prof Steve Keen who believes we must undergo the shock before we take the problem seriously. So far, the shocks haven’t been pronounced enough. And, whichever way you look at it, the solution will involve compromising our living standards.

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