From climate change to ecosystem degradation – the solution to these problems could re-side in an economic valuation of nature and its services. But if the existential benefits that nature provides to humankind are expressed in terms of euros and dollars, can that really give nature any better protection?

SHILLONG: As the State gears up to observe World Environment Day on Wednesday, there are several questions that seek answers. Meghalaya has witnessed changes in the past few decades which can be only termed as environmental degradation.

Unrestricted mining activities, improper waste management and change in forest cover has dealt many a blow to pristine hill state. A prominent citizen of the State, veteran educationist EN Shullai expressed pity over the ongoing environmental degradation in the state while ruing the fact that Meghalaya has changed in more than one way in the past few decades.

A new report by the TEEB for Business Coalition estimates the global top 100 environmental externalities are costing the economy world-wide around US$4.7 trillion a year in terms of the economic costs of GHG emissions, loss of natural resources, loss of nature-based services, climate change & air pollution-related health cos

This report by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme focuses extensively on the conceptual foundations of economic evaluation providing an outline of what would ideally be needed for a comprehensive set of national accounts.

This report by Institute for European Environmental Policy presents insights on critical water-related ecosstem services and on wider ecosystem services from wetlands. It calls for commitment and investment in the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

This publication intends to foster a better understanding and utilization of green economy indicators. “Measuring Progress Towards a Green Economy” is a practical guidebook that looks at how indicators can be used in a way that specifically supports and tracks green economy policies.

The LSE Cities/ICLEI survey on Cities and the Green Economy provides an up-to-date overview on the experiences of cities around the world in the transition to the green economy.

This report aims to clarify and help mainstream nature’s role in the transition to a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

To investigate the ‘promiscuous history’ of the efficiency of emissions trading markets, I draw from Actor Network Theory and specifically the work of Bruno Latour, highlighting how the commonly made claim to efficiency was constructed as a ‘fact’. I trace the processes, beginning in the early 1970s, that constructed first the inefficiency of command-and-control regulation through the distinction between the means and the ends of regulation, and the conversion of the specific 1970 Clean Air Act regulations into the archetypal form of command-and-control.

Environment Matters, the annual review on the environment by the World Bank Group, usually highlights the environmental research, accomplishments, and challenges of the Bank’s regions in the past year.