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Green CapitalA New Perspective on Growth$
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Christian de Perthuis and Pierre-André Jouvet

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171403

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171403.001.0001

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How Much Is Your Genome Worth?

How Much Is Your Genome Worth?

(p.99) 10 How Much Is Your Genome Worth?
Green Capital

Christian de Perthuis

Pierre-André Jouvet

, Michael Westlake
Columbia University Press

When a species is threatened with extinction, the loss of value in fact concerns an entire ecosystem that is impoverished or may be threatened with collapse. For the economist, the real difficulty with biodiversity is that a value has to be given to the diversity of life that clearly does not lie in adding up the value of each species, but much more in their multiple interrelationships that provide us with so many services essential for life. The complex issue cannot be evaded if green capital is really to be incorporated into the functioning of the economy.

Keywords:   Genome value, biodiversity protection, Nagoya Protocol, Sukhdev report, Great Barrier Reef value

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