Unveiling wealth. On Money, Quality of Life and Sustainability

Unveiling wealth. On Money, Quality of Life and Sustainability

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Does money blur perspectives for a better life?
Lifting the money veil from our yardsticks of progress, income and wealth, reveals the trade-offs of economic growth. The book presents new indicators of the social, economic and ecological impacts of our lifestyles and production techniques. The indicators help to identify those responsible for these impacts and account for their accountability in terms of environmental and other ("social") costs.
Sustainable development is to bring about long-term prosperity without undermining its natural foundation. For the assessment of the opaque concept we need both, physical impact measures and environmentally modified ("green") indicators of income, capital and output.
Peter Bartelmus opens the dialogue between frequently hostile camps of economists and environmentalists, data producers and users, and scientists and policy makers. Together, they may steer us towards a sustainable future.
Practitioners in business, government and civil society will find valuable tools for making their work more sustainable.

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Published 01 January 1983
Reads 14
EAN13 0306482215
License: All rights reserved
Language English

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Contents
Foreword by E. U. von Weizsäcker
Preface
I.INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNEP
Klaus Töpfer Unveiled wealth takes environmental cost into account
II.NEW INDICATORS OF SUSTAINABILITY
Peter Bartelmus Unveiling wealth — accounting for sustainability
Discussion
III.WHICH INDICATORS, AND FOR WHAT?
Udo E. Simonis On expectations and efforts – some introductory observations
Hartmut Bossel Indicators for sustainable development — a systems analysis approach
Paul Klemmer Economic, ecological and social indicators
Arno Gahrmann Acquisition and numerical hocuspocus — profits and costs are misleading targets and indicators
Wolfgang Brühl The debate about sustainability in industry
Gerhard Bosch Indicators of sustainable employment
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IV.THE PHYSICAL BASIS OF THE ECONOMY
Peter Hennicke Dematerialisation and energy efficiency — the message of ecoindicators
Stefan Bringezu Material flow analysis — unveiling the physical basis of economies
Howard T. Odum Emergy accounting
V.ASSESSMENT AND POLICY ANALYSIS
Robert Repetto Assessment of sustainability in growth and development — approaches and policy applications
Questions and Answers
Hansvolker Ziegler How can sustainability become a measure of success in politics?
Robert U. Ayres and Benjamin Warr Economic growth models and the role of physical resources
Wolfgang Sachs Postfossil development patterns in the North
Peter Bartelmus Outlook: From paradigm to policy
Notes
The authors
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