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This paintings is the expressly-environmental bookend to the "Frontier concerns in financial inspiration" sequence. the aim of this quantity is to synthesise and synopsise the major paintings from the numerous diversified disciplines which could give a contribution to socially and environmentally responsible/sustainable improvement.

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Greater industrial efficiency can reduce companies’ costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions (Schneider and Kuntz-Dureseti 2002); planting trees can often be profitable as well as aiding in carbon sequestration. Yet the farmer who has the opportunity to plant and nurture trees but does not benefit from the wildlife and carbon sequestration will have less motivation to do so; other opportunities, such as planting annual crops, may well be more attractive. The government leader who enacts an economic austerity program that benefits the country five years later is commonly punished politically in the short term and rarely gets the credit for later improvements.

Some behaviors, such as hard work, frugality, care for children, and so on, arise from norms and habits. The people who behave this way may have no particular vision of the future, but their actions may have positive long-term consequences nevertheless. These behaviors become favored and routine within the societal repertoire because they have been successful and sustainable in the past (De Jouvenel 1967: 9). Fourth, greater certainty of the future does not necessarily encourage farsighted behavior.

This analyst also knows that the project might take many years to be approved, funded, and built—and more years to discover that it contributes too little economically and damages the environment. If the analyst avoids the courageous but personally costly action of challenging such projects, the chances of being held accountable for the broad damage to society are dim indeed. If the analyst does challenge the projects, and proves to be correct, that “proof ” would typically come much later, diminishing the possibility of taking credit and being rewarded.

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