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Lost Ecosystem Goods and Services as a Measure of Marine Oil Pollution Damages

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The paper addresses the definition and measurement of liability for marine oil pollution accidents. The economic value of lost or injured ecosystem goods and services is argued to be the most legally, economically, and ecologically defensible measure of damages. This is easier said than done, however. Calculating lost ecological wealth with any precision is an enormous scientific and economic undertaking. The paper proposes practical ways to improve our future ability to calculate such losses.

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  • Boyd, James, 2010. "Lost Ecosystem Goods and Services as a Measure of Marine Oil Pollution Damages," Discussion Papers dp-10-31, Resources For the Future.
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    1. Zhu, Ling & Zhao, Ya Chao, 2015. "A feasibility assessment of the application of the Polluter-Pays Principle to ship-source pollution in Hong Kong," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 36-44.

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    environmental liability; ecosystem services; marine pollution;

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