A collection of papers based on those prepared by authorities who participated in the 1958 RFF forum, including contributions by Samuel Hays and John Kenneth Galbraith. Originally published in 1958
'Together with the eighteen additional scholars who discuss their papers, the array of talent is formidable. The emphasis is not on natural resources as scenery but on resources for human consumption in such tangible forms as energy, food, and fiber. The essays include some extreme points of view… The book is an education in the complexity and implications of attaching costs and quantities to the resource problem and devising political and administrative action for coping with it. It presents the conditions for advancing further to the point of making conclusions and formulating policy based on a concept of natural resources as something measurable and utilitarian. But apparently this day is a long way off…' Stanley B. Tankel, Regional Plan Association
In the early 1950s, the newly founded RFF convened the Mid-Century Conference, where more than 1,500 leaders could "exchange viewpoints on important resource issues that appear to be of continuing significance for at least the next generation." This collection gathers RFF's classic, most enduring works on subjects that have always been on the heart of RFF's research agenda, including how to value and measure the benefits from nature and how to effectively conserve and manage resources in an increasingly interconnected world.
The RFF Library Collection brings back landmark books published by Resources for the Future throughout its nearly 60-year history as the pre-eminent research institution devoted exclusively to environmental issues. The Collection offers individuals and institutions the most classic and relevant literature across a range of environmental issues.