Method for Cost Evaluation of the Environmental Degradation of Water

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Evaluation of the cost of the environmental degradation of water is one of the difficulties in the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water. In this study, the concept of the cost of the environmental degradation of water was analyzed for the first time. Based on a discussion of evaluation methods related to environmental degradation of water at home and abroad, and the characteristics of the cost of the environmental degradation of water, a set of relatively complete and operational methods to evaluate the cost of the environmental degradation of water was proposed. The calculation results obtained using the Taihu Basin as an example showed that the cost of the environmental degradation of water based on the damage assessment method was four times greater than that based on the cost assessment method. These findings indicate that source control of pollutants provides environmental protection, while reducing the cost of the environmental degradation of water and avoiding economic losses.

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Periodical:

Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 361-363)

Edited by:

Qunjie Xu, Honghua Ge and Junxi Zhang

Pages:

1627-1633

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.361-363.1627

Citation:

L. Jia et al., "Method for Cost Evaluation of the Environmental Degradation of Water", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 361-363, pp. 1627-1633, 2012

Online since:

October 2011

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