John Talberth is a senior economist with World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C. and president of Center for Sustainable Economy. At WRI, Dr. Talberth coordinates economic analysis for projects across the institute addressing climate adaptation, nutrient trading, forest conservation, and international sustainable development.

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There has been a long overdue flurry of recent activity in developing better indicators of national progress, prosperity, well-being, and happiness. This activity has arisen from the growing recognition of the inappropriate misuse of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a proxy for these goals. This article reviews the history of GDP and what we …

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For almost a century, New York City has drawn its drinking water from the Catskill Mountains, more than 100 miles to the north. In April of 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the results of a several-year review of the city’s ongoing program to maintain clean drinking water supplies with forest and open space […]

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