By Klaus Töpfer (auth.), Peter Bartelmus (eds.)

Does funds blur views for a greater existence?
Lifting the money veil from our yardsticks of growth, source of revenue and wealth, unearths the trade-offs of monetary progress. The ebook provides new symptoms of the social, financial and ecological affects of our existence and creation ideas. the symptoms aid to spot these liable for those affects and account for his or her responsibility when it comes to environmental and different ("social") expenses.
Sustainable improvement is to result in long term prosperity with no undermining its traditional starting place. For the evaluate of the opaque idea we want either, actual influence measures and environmentally converted ("green") symptoms of source of revenue, capital and output.
Peter Bartelmus opens the discussion among often opposed camps of economists and environmentalists, facts manufacturers and clients, and scientists and coverage makers. jointly, they could steer us in the direction of a sustainable destiny.

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As we move away from this interface, P. Bartelmus · Unveiling wealth — accounting for sustainability 23 monetary valuation becomes dubious, for example when pricing ecological processes within natural systems or costing the effects of environmental degradation on human welfare (Bartelmus 1998). For such concerns, assessment by physical indicators is more suitable, even though the integrative advantages of monetary accounting are lost in the process. The weighting of pollutant emissions by means of maintenance costs is controversial.

Unveiling Wealth, 39–47. © 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 40 New indicators of sustainability However, as soon as the term “EDP” is used, the claim is made that natural asset depletion has been comprehensively taken into account. But if such a claim is made, all other important impacts, apart from carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, would also have to be considered. They include, for example, other material impacts, the way and intensity of using land and space, and other structural interference that affects the quality of landscapes, ecosystems or biodiversity.

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