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Contains reprints of 43 excerpts and articles published between 1955 and 1995. Contributions include Kenneth Boulding's classic, "The Economics of Coming Spaceship Earth" 1966, Herman E. Daly's "Allocation, Distribution, and Scale: Towards an Economics that is Efficient, Just, and Sustainable" 1992, and Charles Perring's "Conservation of Mass and Instability in a Dynamic Economy-Environment System" 1986. Six sections cover historical roots and motivations; basic organizing principles of ecological economics; material and energy flows in ecological and economic systems: theory and applications; accounting for natural capital, ecological limits and sustainable scale; valuation of ecological services; and integrated ecological economic modelling and assessment. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction by the editors
1 The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth 3
2 On Economics as a Life Science 15
3 The Economics of Overexploitation 30
4 Introduction 35
5 Biophysical Economics: Historical Perspective and Current Research Trends 58
6 Historical Roots for Ecological Economics - Biophysical Versus Allocative Approaches 85
7 The Resilience of Terrestrial Ecosystems: Local Surprise and Global Change 107
8 Ecological Economics: Rationale and Problem Areas 133
9 The Case for Methodological Pluralism 151
10 Towards an Ecological Economics of Sustainability 172
11 Allocation, Distribution, and Scale: Towards an Economics that is Efficient, Just, and Sustainable 200
12 Modeling Complex Ecological Economic Systems: Toward an Evolutionary, Dynamic Understanding of People and Nature 209
13 Time's Speed Regulator: The Optimum Efficiency for Maximum Power Output in Physical and Biological Systems 223
14 The Entropy Law and the Economic Problem 236
15 The Structure of Ecosystems 248
16 Application of Physical Principles to Economics 260
17 Energy and the U.S. Economy: A Biophysical Perspective 295
18 Conservation of Mass and Instability in a Dynamic Economy-Environment System 303
19 Forecasting Ultimate Oil Recovery and Its Rate of Production: Incorporating Economic Forces into the Models of M. King Hubbert 316
20 Energy and Economic Growth in the USA: A Multivariate Approach 346
21 Information, Order and Knowledge in Economic and Ecological Systems: Implications for Material and Energy Use 360
22 Human Appropriation of the Products of Photosynthesis 379
23 Misplaced Concreteness: Measuring Economic Success 385
24 The Environment as Capital 409
25 Indicators of Sustainable Development: Some Lessons from Capital Theory 417
26 National Accounts and Environmental Resources 440
27 Natural Capital and Sustainable Development 455
28 Population Sustainability, and Earth's Carrying Capacity 465
29 The Economic Multiplier of Environmental Life Support: Can Capital Substitute for a Degraded Environment? 476
30 Economic Growth, Carrying Capacity, and the Environment 489
31 Valuation and Management of Wetland Ecosystems 493
32 Environmental Functions and the Economic Value of Natural Exosystems 520
33 Ecological Limitations and Appropriation of Ecosystem Support by Shrimp Farming in Colombia 538
34 Preferences, Information and Biodiversity Preservation 552
35 Issues in Ecosystem Valuation: Improving Information for Decision Making 570
36 Integrated Economic-Ecological Modeling 591
37 Modeling Coastal Landscape Dynamics: Process-Based Dynamic Spatial Ecosystem Simulation can Examine Long-Term Natural Changes and Human Impacts 630
38 Designing Wetlands for Controlling Coal Mine Drainage: An Ecologic-Economic Modelling Approach 647
39 The Efficiency of Land and Energy Use in Tropical Economies and Agriculture 671
40 Strategies for Environmentally Sound Economic Development 701
41 Modelling Economy-Ecology Linkages in Mangroves: Economic Evidence for Promoting Conservation in Bintuni Bay, Indonesia 717
42 Ecological and Economic Effects of Forest Landscape Structure and Rotation Length: Simulation Studies Using ECOLECON 732
43 Ecological Economic Modeling and Valuation of Ecosystems 747
Name Index 765
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