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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2018 edited
     
    https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/articles/ukairpollutionremovalhowmuchpollutiondoesvegetationremoveinyourarea/2018-07-30?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email

    "This pollution removal saved the UK around £1 billion in avoided health damage costs"
    but
    "over five times as much PM2.5 was emitted in the UK in 2015, than was removed by vegetation in 2015"

    Putting a price on 'Environmental Services' is a trap because it invites the environment to be weighed in biz calculations, making it OK to trash the environment if it makes profitable sense.
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2018
     
    Posted By: fostertomPutting a price on 'Environmental Services' is a trap because it invites the environment to be weighed in biz calculations, making it OK to trash the environment if it makes profitable sense.


    But inversely it also allows the comparison to be made against medical / pharma solutions. Preservation and creation of green and blue space in residential areas can be shown to be beneficial in terms of both absolute cost and as / more effective as other reactive interventions to things like obesity, mental health etc.

    I agree with what you say about the dangers of absolute comparisons, but in the uk the cost of most drugs compared to interventions that work at the wider public level are such that the environment is actually coming out as the better option. E.G., green space that increases exercise in 50% of the people near it is much better than the implications of extreme obesity for say 10% of the population...
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2018
     
    But they'll say that society ends up having to finance both approaches - wind down medication in favour of parks? I don't think so. So it doesn't work on cost/benefit grounds.

    Alternatively, the environment could be seen as a priceless value in its own right, and Ecocide seen as a crime. We can rest assured that the benefits, costed or not, would be huge to humans (like survival of the race), let alone the rest of creation - but that's the glow from doing the right thing, not something to be weighed and accepted or rejected on biz terms.
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2018
     
    Tom I think we want the same thing but when the whole economy is burgered, from a pragmatic point of view we stand a better chance of getting what we want by aligning ourselves with the health economy golden goose than almost anything else. Green space interventions are generally cheap and when my local authority's local plan proposes a significant deletion of the green belt in favour of 'sustainable' housing and two new roads to mitigate traffic, I need all the help I can get!
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