"Protecting large, charismatic animals like whales is often seen as a
sort of charity work individuals and governments do on behalf of nature.
A team of economists led by Ralph Chami, an assistant director of the
IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, wanted to change the way we
think about whales by quantifying the benefit they provide us in dollars
and cents. Their new analysis, detailed in a recent article in the trade
publication Finance & Development, is a first-of-its-kind attempt to do
Via Muse, who wrote "I dislike the thinking that something is largely
only of value, if it has a high dollar value. I understand the push to
get the powerful decision makers to take note that creatures like
elephants are important, even by their standards."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics