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Self-regenerating environmental absorption efficiency and the $$\varvec{ soylent~green~scenario}$$ s o y l e n t g r e e n s c e n a r i o

Fouad El Ouardighi (), Hassan Benchekroun () and Dieter Grass
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Fouad El Ouardighi: ESSEC Business School
Dieter Grass: Vienna University of Technology

Annals of Operations Research, 2016, vol. 238, issue 1, 179-198

Abstract: Abstract We consider a stock pollution problem where the biosphere can transform from a sink to a source of pollution in the presence of self-regenerating environmental absorption efficiency. We examine the problem of controlling pollution and the capacity of the biosphere to absorb pollution: the regulator can mitigate emissions and can invest to build-up the absorption capacity of pollution sinks. We examine conditions under which both measures, mitigation and absorption capacity investments, are substitute (complement) to each other, and the relative extent to which environmental self-regenerating capabilities affect these conditions. We also exhibit the possibility of an oscillatory approach to the steady state. Particular attention is paid to the situation where the social planner is impatient.

Keywords: Pollution; Environmental absorption efficiency; Self-regeneration capabilities; Discounting rate (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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