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Overview

Environmental Accounting Emergy and Environmental Decision MakingIn this important new work, Howard T. Odum, widely acknowledged asthe father of systems ecology, lucidly explains his concept ofemergy, a measure of real wealth that provides a rational,science-based method of evaluating commodities, services, andenvironmental goods. Using specific real-world examples, Dr. Odumclearly demonstrates the revolutionary role of emergy inenvironmental management and policy making. EnvironmentalAccounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making offersenvironmental professionals—policymakers, managers,ecologists, planners, developers, and activists—a systematicapproach to environmental and economic valuation that willeliminate much of the rancor and adversarial decision making thatoften plagues environmental issues. Specifically, this book:

  • Describes the theoretical basis, calculation procedures, andapplications of emergy
  • Introduces the concept of "transformity," the ratio of emergy(work put into a product) and energy (value received from theproduct)
  • Provides formulas for emergy calculations, procedures formaking an emergy evaluation table, and parameters for updatingevaluations
  • Demonstrates the use of emergy to evaluate environments,minerals, waters, primary energy sources, economic developments,and international trade
  • Compares the emergy approach to environmental evaluation withothers
Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Makingwill help environmental decision makers and the society they servemaximize economic vitality with less trial and error, innovate withfewer failures, and adapt to change more rapidly. It provides thetools they need to arrive at the best policies in resourcemanagement, economics, and the environment.
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Pioneer ecologist Odum (environmental policy, U. of Florida) introduces the concept of emergy, the cost of making a product or providing a service, as a balance to energy, the benefit expected. He explains how it can be applied to environmental management to maximize real wealth, the whole economy, and the public benefit. The dimensions he considers include evaluating environmental resources, fuels and electricity, alternative development, states and nations, international exchange, information and human services, and policy perspectives. He includes several appendixes of formulas and other data, and a simulation program in BASIC. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471114420
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/12/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD T. ODUM is Graduate Research Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida. Dr. Odum is universally recognized as one of the pioneering figures in the development of systems ecology. In addition to numerous other publications, he is the author of Systems Ecology and Environment, Power, and Society, both published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: EMERGY and Real Wealth.

EMERGY and the Energy Hierarchy.

Earth EMERGY.

Environmental Production and Economic Use.

EMERGY Evaluation Procedure.

Empower Through Networks: EMERGY Algebra.

Evaluating Environmental Resources.

Net EMERGY of Fuels and Electricity.

Evaluating Alternatives for Development.

EMERGY of States and Nations.

Evaluating International Exchange.

Evaluating Information and Human Service.

EMERGY Over Time.

Comparison of Methods.

Policy Perspectives.

An Emergy Glossary.

Appendices.

References.

Index.

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