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What if solar energy becomes really cheap? A thought experiment on environmental problem shifting

van den Bergh, Jeroen; Folke, Carl; Polasky, Stephen; Scheffer, Marten; Steffen, Will

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Solving one environmental problem may often invoke or intensify another one. Such environmental problem shifting (EPS) is a neglected topic in global sustainability research. Indeed, it is difficult to study as it requires the merging of insights from various research areas. Here we identify relevant studies, and provide an illustration and guidelines for the systematic study of EPS. As a modest thought experiment to illustrate the relevance of EPS, we consider solutions to scarcity of energy...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98879
Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2015.05.007

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