Clean water is essential for human health and well-being. Water pollution has clear costs to society through the spread of diseases, the burden of water treatment, and the impacts on fisheries, ecosystems, and recreation opportunities. But how can society account for the true social cost of water pollution?
Resources for the Future and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future of Cornell University hosted Measuring the Cost: Exploring the Impacts of Water Pollution. Catherine Kling, Cornell University professor, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Faculty Director, and RFF University Fellow, shares her proposal for an Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) modeling the true cost of water pollution by linking the sources of water pollution to their impacts on ecosystem services and economic values.
- Catherine Kling, Professor, Cornell University; Faculty Director, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future; University Fellow, Resources for the Future
- Ann Bartuska, Vice President for Land, Water, and Nature, Resources for the Future
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