An economist's 'answer to everything.' Hint: It takes nature
Economist Partha Dasgupta takes issue with our failure to account for the cost of Earth's destruction
Partha Dasgupta is a Cambridge University economist who has criticized politicians and economists for not including the cost of Earth's destruction when tallying things like economic growth.
This engaging video featuring Dasgupta and Danish actor Alexander Skarsgård boils his 600-page treatise down to five minutes.
Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich says "watching this is likely your mind's best use of five minutes this week."
The bottom line: We have to start accounting for Nature.
Not doing so, Skarsgård notes in the video, is like using only the goals your team scores to assess a soccer game. You might have an impressive number, but you have no idea if your team is winning or losing.