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Reconciling Economics and Ecology: The Foundation of Environmental Optimism

PERC Conference Center
October 8-10, 2012
Directed by Terry Anderson


The goal of the forum is to explore whether environmental improvements are now surpassing environmental deteriorations as the world gets smarter and richer. Your work suggests that ancient societies have adapted to their environments, and research by invited participants (see tentative invitation list) suggests that the answer that we continue to adapt and improve, especially because we better understand the inextricable link between environmental problems and the economy. Lest we become complacent, however, this forum will explore how economics and ecology complement one another and what more can be done to create information and incentives for stewardship in a global economy and global environment.

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