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A Difficulty in Assessing Sustainability

Long-term forecasting of the aggregate production function is essential for assessing sustainability, but very difficult. Is our current living standard sustainable?  Or does depletion of non-renewable natural resources such as fossil fuels and metal ores mean that it must eventually … Continue reading

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Net National Product and Sustainability

National product, measured net of a deduction for depletion of natural resources, can in certain conditions provide some indication of whether current consumption is sustainable.  But the conditions are stringent, and even when they are met, other indicators may perform … Continue reading

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Managing Natural Capital

A critical analysis of Dieter Helm’s ‘Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet’. Contents Introduction The Asset-Based Approach The Importance of Natural Capital Valuing Natural Capital Natural Goods – and Bads Sustainability and Renewable Natural Capital Sustainability and Non-Renewable Natural Capital National … Continue reading

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Cities and the Environment

Environmental economics can be an important tool in urban planning.  It can also inform discussion of the place of cities in a sustainable world. When I first studied environmental economics, cities seemed to make only the occasional guest appearance in … Continue reading

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