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Overview

Conventional economic accounts, which measure Gross National Product (GNP)and related indicators of national performance, do not fully allow for the damages caused to the environment in the course of producing and consuming goods and services. Nor do they fully account for the fact that some resources are being depleted in achieving the living standards that we enjoy today. This failure is important, because policy-makers are guided by the changes in macroeconomic indicators such as GNP. Moreover such indicators are not a good guide to the sustainability of present practices of consumption and production.
This book provides practical estimates of one key area of neglect in the present national accounts - the measurement of environmental damages. The book sets out the methodology for making such estimates and then applies it to data from four countries: Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK. The results show what can be achieved in the way of consistent damage estimates and what the key problems are.

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Reports on a second major study of the environmental damages to provide estimates that the European Union can use in making environmental policy. Focuses on the attribution of damages to sources of emissions, the treatment of damages from chronic health effects of air pollution, effects of additional sources of damages such as heavy metals and carbon monoxide, and developments in the valuation of damages to water and forests. A major concern is to ensure the maximum degree of consistency and comparability in the estimates for different countries, and to review how damage estimates relate to other estimates of environmental impact, such as defensive expenditures and mitigation costs; the step in that direction highlights how far away those goals remain. The studies are from the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Britain; a synthesis report is also included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792354703
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/31/1999
  • Series: Economics, Energy and Environment Series , #11
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. I. Synthesis Report. II. Dutch Case Study. III. German Case Study. IV. Italian Case Study. V. UK Case Study. Index.

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