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The benefits of preventing crop loss due to tropospheric ozone

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  • Spash, Clive L.

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Agricultural crop production is highly dependent upon environmental conditions among which air quality plays a central role. Various air pollutants have been identified as a potential influence on commercial crops including SO2, NOx, O3 and CO2. In particular, ozone in the lower atmosphere has been identified as a serious cause of crop loss in the United States and seems likely to be creating similar losses in Europe. In this paper the methods which can be applied to assess the economic damages from air pollution are critically reviewed. This requires measuring pollutant concentrations, relating these to physical crop damages, and estimating the reactions of the agricultural sector and consumers to give welfare changes in terms of consumers' surplus and producers' quasi-rents. The approach of the European open-top chamber programme (EOTCP) is shown to have neglected lessons learnt by the National Crop Loss Assessment Network (NCLAN) in the U.S. This is a paper from the Ecological Economics discussion paper series edited by Clive L. Spash and run from Stirling University from 1994 to 1996. This particular paper was later published as: Spash, C.L. 1997. Assessing the economic benefits to agriculture from air pollution control. Journal of Economic Surveys, vol. 11, no. 1, 47-70.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 38557.

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Date of creation: Mar 1994
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Surveys 11.1(1997): pp. 47-70
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Keywords: air pollution; crop loss; agriculture; cost-benefit analysis; environmental economics; tropospheric ozone; acidic deposition; science policy interface; regulation;

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