Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

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Yale University Press, 12 Mei 2015 - 296 halaman
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Natural capital is what nature provides to us for free. Renewables—like species—keep on coming, provided we do not drive them towards extinction. Non-renewables—like oil and gas—can only be used once. Together, they are the foundation that ensures our survival and well-being, and the basis of all economic activity. In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, economist Dieter Helm here offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable.
 
Helm shows why the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress is false, and he explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure, and value natural capital from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth. Bristling with ideas of immediate global relevance, Helm’s book shifts the parameters of current environmental debate. As inspiring as his trailblazing The Carbon Crunch, this volume will be essential reading for anyone concerned with reversing the headlong destruction of our environment.
 

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INTRODUCTION Taking Natural Capital Seriously
1
PART ONE What Is Sustainable Growth?
17
PART TWO How Can Natural Capital Be Measured?
77
PART THREE What Needs to Be Done?
137
PART FOUR How Can It Be Done?
199
Restoring Natural Capital
201
Paying for Natural Capital
220
CHAPTER 12 Conclusion
240
Notes
248
Bibliography
260
Index
266
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Dieter Helm is an economist specialising in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment, and concentrates on the energy, water and transport sectors in Britain and Europe. He holds a number of other advisory board appointments, including the Prime Minister's Council of Science and Technology, the Defra Academic Panel (Chair), and the DTI Sustainable Energy Panel Advisory Board. He is associate editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. His career to date has spanned academia, public policy and business. He founded Oxera in 1982, was a member of the DTI's Energy Advisory Panel from 1993 to 2003, and has published extensively on economic topics. He recently completed a major study of British Energy policy since 1979, Energy, The State and the Market, published by Oxford University Press.

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