The real wealth of nations: Mapping and monetizing the human ecological footprint

  title={The real wealth of nations: Mapping and monetizing the human ecological footprint},
  author={Paul C. Sutton and Sharolyn Anderson and Benjamin T. Tuttle and Lauren K. Morse},
  journal={Ecological Indicators},
Abstract The earth provides myriad ecosystem services or ‘benefits’ that enable and enhance human existence. Humanity, in turn, imposes myriad environmental impacts or ‘costs’ on the earth. We explore the idea of mapping these ‘costs’ and ‘benefits’ using proxy measures. We set the total value of the world's ecosystem services to be equal to the total cost of anthropogenic environmental impacts at fifty trillion dollars (roughly the global GDP in the year 2000). A global representation of… Expand

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