By: HT Odum
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A controversial perspective on how best to assess the value of the environment. Howard Odum, the `father' of systems ecology, introduces the concept of `emergy' as a way of placing the value of commodities, services, and environmental goods of various kinds on a common basis, making environmental decision-making a more rational and less emotive process. By applying emergy concepts to nature and society, Odum suggests a better way to arrive at public policies on resources and environment.
Introduction: EMERGY and Real Wealth. EMERGY and the Energy Hierarchy. Earth EMERGY. Environmental Production and Economic Use. EMERGY Evaluation Procedure. Empower Through Networks: EMERGY Algebra. Evaluating Environmental Resources. Net EMERGY of Fuels and Electricity. Evaluating Alternatives for Development. EMERGY of States and Nations. Evaluating International Exchange. Evaluating Information and Human Service. EMERGY Over Time. Comparison of Methods. Policy Perspectives. An Emergy Glossary. Appendices. References. Index.
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HOWARD T. ODUM is Graduate Research Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida. Dr. Odum is universally recognized as one of the pioneering figures in the development of systems ecology. In addition to numerous other publications, he is the author of Systems Ecology and Environment, Power, and Society, both published by Wiley.
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