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Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided

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Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2016, 07:45
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Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided by nature — such as the water filtration “service” provided by a forested watershed — has, historically, been a (i)________ process. Early attempts at such valuation resulted in impressive but (ii)________ figures that were seized on by environmental advocates, and then, when these figures were later (iii)________, they were used by opponents to tar the whole idea.




Blank (i)Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
A) dispassionateD) redundantG) ignored
B) problematicE) unsoundH) discredited
C) straightforwardF) understatedI) confirmed


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[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B and E and H
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2016, 07:48
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The correct response for the first blank cannot be determined without considering the second sentence. The correct choice for the second blank, however, can be determined more readily. Neither Choice D, “redundant,” nor Choice F, “understated,” makes sense when coupled with the preceding “impressive but.” Since the figures were “used by opponents to tar the whole idea,” Choice E, “unsound,” is the word that makes the most sense in this context.

Once “unsound” is selected for the second blank, it follows that “confirmed” cannot be correct for the third blank. And if the figures were “used by opponents,” then they cannot have been “ignored.” Since the figures were unsound, it is natural that they would later be “discredited.”

Now that the figures have been characterized as unsound and discredited, it is possible to identify the correct response for the first blank. From the second sentence it is clear that the process of putting a cash value on the ecological services provided by nature is neither “dispassionate” nor “straightforward.” It is instead “problematic.”

Thus, the correct answer is problematic (Choice B); unsound (Choice E); and discredited (Choice H).
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Re: Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided [#permalink] New post 07 May 2018, 22:05
can anyone please explain the whole meaning of the sentence?
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Re: Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2018, 10:46
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can anyone please explain the whole meaning of the sentence?


Putting a cash value on the ecological services provided by nature — such as the water filtration “service” provided by a forested watershed — has, historically, been a (i)________ process. Early attempts at such valuation resulted in impressive but (ii)________ figures that were seized on by environmental advocates, and then, when these figures were later (iii)________, they were used by opponents to tar the whole idea.

--> 1. Putting price tags on nature's environmental process has been controversial.
2. Some people have done that to use as an environmental campaign efforts but the numbers were not so rational.
3. When the numbers were revealed as being wrong, opponents of environmental advocates used this fact to attack the environmental advocates' credentials.
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