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Weight of Nations

Material Outflows From Industrial Economies

Despite waste reduction measures and significant improvements in the efficiency of material use in Austria, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, and the United States, the overall quantities of wastes flowing into the environment each year continue to grow.

Measuring up

Toward a common framework for tracking corporate environmental performance

Calls for a new framework to measure and communicate corporate environmental performance based on four standard categories of environmental performance on materials use, energy consumption, non-product output, and pollutant releases.

Resource Flows

The material basis of industrial economies

Constructs a parallel set of national accounts in physical terms using material flow analysis; proposes new summary measures that can be used with economic indicators to give a far more accurate sense of the scale and consequences of industrial activity.

Growing Green

Enhancing Environmental and Economic Performance in U.S. Agriculture

A comprehensive, empirically based analysis of U.S. agricultural sustainability. Uses agronomic and environmental data collected from 45 physical U.S. regions. A tool to assess the environmental and economic impacts of a broad range of policy options.

Green fees

How a tax shift can work for the environment and the economy

Demonstrates how shifting tax burden can reduce environmental damages, increase economic production and income, and increase economic welfare overall.

The Going Rate

What it really costs to drive

Tackles the problem of estimating true transportation costs. Makes a case for transportation reforms and argues that these initiatives are unlikely to get off the drawing board unless and until U.S. drivers pay more of the true costs of transportation.

Keeping Options Alive

The scientific basis for the conservation of biodiversity

Not since the Cretaceous era ended some 65 million years ago have losses been so rapid and great. If the trend continues, one quarter of the world's species may be gone by 2050....

Wasting Assets

Natural Resources in the National Income Accounts

Using Indonesia's timber, petroleum, and soils as examples, this report tests and applies a methodology for integrating natural resource depletion into a revised national accounting system that can more accurately reflect economic reality....

Money to burn? The high costs of energy subsidies

Focusing on the role of energy in the global economy, this frequently quoted report notes that unstable and unsustainable energy prices have brought about many problems -- high inflation rates, world recession, and mountain debt burdens.

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