Inclusive Wealth Index – Graphic of the Day

Scientists and environmental groups have been pressuring governments to include the value of their countries’ natural resources into future measurements of economic activity to show their true growth prospects. The Inclusive Wealth Index does just that, taking into account manufactured, human and natural capital like forests, fisheries and fossil fuels, instead of relying only on GDP as a growth indicator. For example, the index shows that even though China, the United States, Brazil and South Africa experienced GDP growth, their natural capital was significantly depleted. Are you surprised by the positions of any of the countries in the index below? How do you feel about including natural resources when valuing future growth opportunities?

For more graphics like these, check out the Reuters News Infographics page.