"The climate that hides the forest: How the climate issue is overshadowing environmental problems." from Guillaume Sainteny - Edition Rue de l'Echiquier, October 2015 - 272 Pages
AIs the priority given to climate today by States, NGOs and the media justified? Isn't its place in environmental policies excessive? Raising this simple question appears, in itself, iconoclastic, scandalous and politically incorrect, as it seems to be commonly accepted that "the fight against global warming" is the mother of all environmental battles.
Let us be clear: thousands of scientific studies have highlighted the phenomenon of climate change. Since the 1990s, however, the issue has become so important that it has come to dominate environmental policies, but also to overshadow or even undermine them.
While climate change is undoubtedly a major environmental challenge, it is no more important than air pollution, water pollution, biodiversity erosion and even soil degradation.
Guillaume Sainteny demonstrates this by comparing, for example, the number of premature deaths due to these phenomena, their economic costs or the hierarchy of findings and recommendations of major international organizations.
Guillaume Sainteny teaches sustainable development at AgroParisTech, after having taught it at Sciences Po and Polytechnique.
He has held several positions of responsibility at the Ministère de l'Écologie, de l'Énergie, du Développement durable et des Transports, including Director of Economic Studies and Environmental Assessment.
He has published numerous works on the environment and sustainable development, including the latest "Plea for eco-fiscality" (Buchet-Chastel, 2012).