Many environmentalists argue that placing a monetary value on nature’s services is essential for drawing attention to the important economic role they play and building policy support for preserving them. This Viewpoint counsels caution, pointing out the dangers of underestimating the non-monetizable aesthetic and cultural value of nature and subjecting it to the volatile logic of markets.
The widely-aired documentary Pandora’s Promise offers a glowing endorsement of nuclear power as the solution for our climate woes. However, it is too quick to dismiss concerns about reactor safety, waste management, and weapons proliferation—let alone cost.
An interview with Fritjof Capra, the founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, about the emergence of systems thinking, the root causes of todays’ social and environmental problems, and how to change the system itself.