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Accounting for growth: the role of physical work
Abstract This paper tests several related hypothesis for explaining US economic growth since 1900. It begins from the belief that consumption of natural resources—especially energy (or, moreExpand
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The 1.7 kilogram microchip: energy and material use in the production of semiconductor devices.
The scale of environmental impacts associated with the manufacture of microchips is characterized through analysis of material and energy inputs into processes in the production chain. The totalExpand
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Global phosphorus flows and environmental impacts from a consumption perspective
Human activities have significantly intensified natural phosphorus cycles, which has resulted in some serious environmental problems that modern societies face today. This article attempts toExpand
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Eco-thermodynamics: economics and the second law
The laws of physics, especially the first and second laws of thermodynamics, have significant implications for economic theory. The major implications of the First Law (conservation of mass/energy)Expand
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The Economic Growth Engine: How Energy and Work Drive Material Prosperity
The authors of this unique book explore the fundamental relationship between thermodynamics (physical work) and economics. They take a realistic approach to explaining the relationship betweenExpand
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Life cycle analysis: A critique
Abstract Life cycle analysis (LCA) is an increasingly important tool for environmental policy, and even for industry. Analysts are also interested in forecasting future materials/energy fluxes onExpand
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Sustainability economics: Where do we stand?
Environmental economics, which is a branch of resource economics - the environment as a scarce resource - is essentially about market failures, the costs of pollution and pollution abatement, and theExpand
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Metals recycling: economic and environmental implications
Abstract We are in a period of economic transition. The `cowboy economy' of the past is obsolescent, if not obsolete. Environmental services are no longer free goods, and this fact is driving majorExpand
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The authors argue that thermodynamics offers a means of accounting for both resource inputs and waste outputs in a systematic and uniform way. The new feature of the present work is to extend theExpand
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Eco-efficiency, asset recovery and remanufacturing
In this article we consider the underlying imperatives driving the trend toward eco-efficiency and, especially, asset recovery, at the firm level. We show how the enormous potential for adding valueExpand
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