January 15, 2013

How Much Is a Pack of Vultures Worth?

Julian Champkin, Significance Magazine

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A somewhat bizarre statistic heard on the radio this morning. The discussion was on the conflict between economists, who want growth, and environmentalists, who want sustainability; not quite as extreme as bunny-huggers versus cut-down-every-rainforest-in-sight-because-we-can-sell-the-logs-for-money, but that’s the gist of it. The allegation was that economists leave the financial returns that nature provides out of their calculations; so that money spent, say, preserving Indian vultures is essentially money wasted. Vultures should not stand in the way of progress.

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