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    Helm, D. 2011. The sustainable borders of the state. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 27, Issue. 4, p. 517.

  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, Volume 69
  • October 2011, pp. 235-252

Sustainable Consumption, Climate Change and Future Generations

  • Dieter Helm (a1)
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  • Published online: 22 September 2011

What makes climate change such a difficult problem to solve is that it is so pervasive: it is global but with very different effects on regions and nations. It stretches through time to many future generations. Its causes are ultimately the growth of population, the structure of production and growing consumption: greater numbers require ever more to make them happy.

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