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Dr. Paul C. Sutton
The School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
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This is hopefully a provocative exercise exploring ideas of carrying capacity, I = P*A*T, Ecological Footprints, Ecosystem Service Valuation, and Sustainable Development
We simply allocate $50 Trillion of ‘COST’ via the Global Map of Impervious Surface and allocate $50 Trillion of ‘Benefit’ via the Global Map of NPP. The rationale for equivalence is an assumption that we are at some sort of ‘Carrying Capacity’. The rationale for $50 Trillion is it is roughly equivalent to the Global Annual Gross Domestic Product.
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Next few slides are national aggregations of $ NPP, $ ISA, & Difference
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Sutton, Paul; Anderson, Sharolyn; Tuttle, Benjamin; Morse, Lauren (2011) The real wealth of nations: Mapping and monetizing the human ecological footprint Ecological Indicators ISSN 1470-160X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.03.008.
“In the post-petroleum era we will be even more dependent on land than we are today.” Lester Brown
The land-buying countries are mostly
those whose populations have outrun
their own land and water resources.
Among them are Saudi Arabia (-19K/per),
South Korea (-8K/per), China (-4 K/per),
Kuwait (-19K/per), Libya _10K/per),
India (-6 K/per), Egypt (-9k/per),
Jordan(-10K/per), Qatar (-45 K/per)
and the United Arab Emirates (-36K/per),
Saudi Arabia is looking to buy
or lease land in at least 11 countries,
including Ethiopia (3K/per),
Turkey (3K/per), Ukraine (3K/per),
Sudan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines
(3K/per), Viet Nam (3K/per), and Brazil.
What is so surprising is the sheer
number of land acquisition agreements
that have been negotiated or are under
consideration. The International Food
Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has
compiled a list of nearly 50 agreements,
based largely on a worldwide review of
press reports. This massive acquisition of
land to grow food in other countries is one
of the largest geopolitical experiments
ever conducted. (Plan B 4.0 Lester Brown)
Ethiopia under increasing pressure to sell land regarding a Is there such a thing as Agro-Imperialism?http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/22/magazine/22land-t.html?pagewanted=all
China's President Hu Jintao shakes
hands with Ethiopian Prime Minister
Meles Zenawi in 2009
African land grab:
what Indian companies do in Ethiopia is
what they are not allowed to do in India
Are these trends a result of Ecological Deficits as we measure here?