A Historical Accident?
The first chapter seeks to refine the diagnosis of complex relationships linking natural capital to economic growth. The pace of global growth has scarcely diminished since the end of the post-war boom; its center of gravity has simply shifted to China and newly emerging countries. Nor has growth been held back by any shortage of raw materials. Yet at the same time the impact of humanity on the natural environment has increased, threatening the major regulatory functions of natural capital such as climate stability and biodiversity. But these regulatory functions are incorporated into neither prices that calibrate values nor aggregates, such as GDP, that measure wealth.
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