Ecologists And Economists

—- NPR's David Baron reports on the exchange of ideas between ecologists and economists, regarding the best ways to exploit the benefits of nature, while still preserving the environment. Their disciplines view the world in fundamentally differing ways: ecology emphasizes aesthetic considerations; economics quantifies the material value in monetary terms. One defining difference is their basic attitude toward population growth. In this week's issue of the scientific journal, `Nature,' a group of `ecological economists' calculates the economic value of nature at 33 Trillion dollars a year.



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