Economic Pathways to Ecological Sustainability

  • Dasgupta P
  • Levin S
  • Lubchenco J
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Abstract

With the arrival of the new millennium comes consensus among a broad spectrum of scholars that the scope and magnitude of environmental problems threaten the sustainability of Earth's life-support systems (e.g., Lubchenco et al. 1991, Vitousek et al. 1997, Lubchenco 1998). This conclusion has long been argued by ecologists (e.g., Ehrlich and Ehrlich 1981), but they are no longer alone: A growing number of interdisciplinary scientific reports reflect new information and broader concerns. For example, the US President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently noted that the composition and scale of economic activities in the United States are changing the chemistry of the nation's land, water, and atmosphere so dramatically that some of these changes are adversely affecting its natural capital and, thus, the ecosystem services required to support its population (PCAST 1998)...

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  • Partha Dasgupta

  • Simon Levin

  • Jane Lubchenco

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