Improving State of the World


Indur M. Goklany

Human Well-Being, Affluence & Technological Change

 Precautionary Principle


Clearing the Air

Books

  1. The Improving State of the World: Why We're Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet  (Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 2007).
  2. The Precautionary Principle: A Critical Appraisal of Environmental Risk Assessment (Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 2001).

Human Well-Being, Affluence & Technological Change

Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity. Policy Analysis, No. 715, Cato Institute, Washington, DC (2012).


Is Climate Change the Number One Threat to Humanity? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (accepted, 2012).


Global Warming Policies Might Be Bad for Your Health. Global Warming Policy Foundation, London.  ISBN: 978-0-9566875-7-9. (2012).


Misled on Climate Change: How the UN IPCC (and others) Exaggerate the Impact of Global Warming, Reason Foundation, Policy Study No. 399, December 2011.
 
Wealth and Safety: The Amazing Decline in Deaths from Extreme Weather in an Era of Global Warming, 1900–2010, Reason Foundation, Policy Study No. 393, September 2011.

Could Biofuel Policies Increase Death and Disease in Developing Countries? Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 16 (1): 9–13 (2011).

Economic Development in Developing Countries: Advancing Human Well-Being and the Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change. Draft. In: Patrick J. Michaels, ed., Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government  and Our Lives (Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2011), 157–184.

Global Warming, Global Warming Policy and Mortality Rates, Presentation at the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, Chicago, IL, May 16-18, 2010. This is the final version of this slide show.  It corrects  the caption in slide 7, and transcription errors on slides 18 and 19, which had understated potential death and disease from biofuel production.

Trapped Between the Falling Sky and the Rising Seas: The Imagined Terrors of the Impacts of Climate Change. Prepared for University of Pennsylvania Workshop on Markets & the Environment, draft, 13 December 2009.


Deaths and Death Rates from Extreme Weather Events: 1900-2008. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 14 (4): 102-09 (2009).


Climate change is not the biggest health threat. Lancet  374: 973-75 (2009).

Global public health: Global warming in perspective. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 14 (3): 69-75 (2009).

Have increases in population, affluence and technology worsened human and environmental well-being? Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 1, no.3 (2009).

Climate change is not the biggest health threat. Lancet  374: 973-75 (2009).

Global public health: Global warming in perspective. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 14 (3): 69-75 (2009).

Have increases in population, affluence and technology worsened human and environmental well-being? Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 1, no.3 (2009).

Discounting the Future, Regulation 32: 36-40 (Spring 2009).

Technological Substitution and Augmentation of Ecosystem Services. Draft version. In: Simon A. Levin et al. (eds.), The Princeton Guide to Ecology (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009).

Emerging Technology and Political Institutions: Is the Precautionary Principle an Effective Tool for Policymakers to Use in Regulating Emerging Technologies? Yes. Draft version. In: Peter M. Haas, John A. Hird, and Beth McBratney, Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations (CQ Press, Washington, DC, 2009), pp. 103-115. [However, there is a proviso.] 

"Wealth, Health and the Cycle of Progress," in: Philip Stevens (ed.), Fighting the Diseases of Poverty (IPN Press, London, 2007)

“Integrated Strategies to Reduce Vulnerability and Advance Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainable Development,” forthcoming in Mitigation and Adaption Strategies for Global Change (2005).

“A Climate Policy for the Short and Medium Term: Stabilization or Adaptation?” Energy & Environment 16: 667-680 (2005). [Based on a poster presented at the Symposium on Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, Exeter, February 1-3, 2005.]

“How Technology Can Reduce Our Impact on the Earth,” Nature 423 (2003), 115, correspondence. (Coauthored with A.W. Trewavas)

“Economic Growth, Technological Change, and Human Well-Being.” In Terry L. Anderson, ed., It's Getting Better (Palo Alto, CA: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2003).

“The Future of the Industrial System.” Invited Paper. International Conference on Industrial Ecology and Sustainability, University of Technology of Troyes, Troyes, France, September 22-25, 1999. Also published in:  D. Bourg and S. Erkman, eds., Perspectives on Industrial Ecology (Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing, 2003), pp. 194-222.

“Affluence, Technology and Well-Being.” [Text] [Link to Clearer Version of Figures ] Case Western Reserve Law Review 53 (2002): 369-390.

“Economic Growth and Human Well-being.” In J. Morris, ed., Sustainable Development: Promoting Progress or Perpetuating Poverty? (London, UK: Profile Books, 2002), pp. 20-43.

“The Globalization of Human Well-being.” Policy Analysis, No. 447 (Washington, DC: Cato Institute, August 22, 2002).

Economic Growth and the State of Humanity. Political Economy Research Center, Policy Study 21. March 2001.

“Richer is More Resilient: Dealing With Climate Change and More Urgent Environmental Problems.” In R. Bailey, ed., Earth Report 2000, Revisiting the True State of the Planet (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1999), pp. 155-187.

“Fueling Technology: Response to Letter.” BioScience 49 (1999): 499-501.

“Different Opinions on the Incidence of Disease: Letter.” BioScience 49 (1999): 267-268.

“The Environmental Transition to Air Quality.” Regulation 24 (4: 1998): 36-46.

“Factors Affecting Environmental Impacts: The Effects of Technology on Long Term Trends in Cropland, Air Pollution and Water-related Diseases.” Ambio 25 (1996): 497-503.

“Strategies to Enhance Adaptability: Technological Change, Economic Growth and Free Trade.” Climatic Change 30 (1995): 427-449.

Climate Change & Human Well-Being

Is Climate Change the "Defining Challenge of Our Age"? Energy & Environment 20(3): 279-302 (2009).

What to Do about Global Warming, Policy Analysis, Number 609, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 5 February 2008.

Managing Climate Change Risks in the Context of Other, More Urgent Risks to Humanity, prepared for the Conference on Climate Change and Development, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 26-27 April 2007.

“Integrated Strategies to Reduce Vulnerability and Advance Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainable Development,” Mitigation and Adaption Strategies for Global Change DOI 10.1007/s11027-007-9098-1 (2007).

“Is a Richer-but-warmer World Better than Poorer-but-cooler Worlds?”  Energy & Environment, vol. 18, nos. 7 and 8, pp. 1023-1048 (2007).

The Ethics of Shortchanging Present Generations, November 8, 2006, Commons Blog.

Climate change & property rights, Commons Blog (April 19, 2005).

“Climate Change: the 21st Century’s Most Urgent Environmental Problem or Proverbial Last Straw?” In Kendra Okonski, ed., Adapt or Die: The Science, Politics and Economics of Climate Change (London: Profile Books, 2003), pp. 56-74

“Relative Contributions of Global Warming to Various Climate Sensitive Risks, and Their Implications for Adaptation and Mitigation,” Energy & Environment 14: 797-822 (2003).

Applying the Precautionary Principle to Global Warming. Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., USA. Policy Study 158. November 2000.

“Richer is More Resilient: Dealing With Climate Change and More Urgent Environmental Problems.” In R. Bailey, ed., Earth Report 2000, Revisiting the True State of the Planet (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1999), pp. 155-187.

“The Future of the Industrial System.” Invited Paper. International Conference on Industrial Ecology and Sustainability, University of Technology of Troyes, Troyes, France, September 22-25, 1999. Also published in:  D. Bourg and S. Erkman, eds., Perspectives on Industrial Ecology (Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing, 2003), pp. 194-222.

“Strategies to Enhance Adaptability: Technological Change, Economic Growth and Free Trade.” Climatic Change 30 (1995): 427-449.




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