Biodiversity and Landscapes: A Paradox of Humanity

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Ke Chung Kim, Robert D. Weaver
Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 1994 - Nature - 431 pages
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Global environmental problems are much more severe and complex than many of the public believe. This book explores the paradox of humanity's dependence on biodiversity and landscape systems for survival while simultaneously placing an enormous stress on the existence of these natural systems. Leading contributors to the fields of biodiversity conservation, ecology, economics, entomology, forestry, history, landscape management, philosophy and sociology draw from their unique disciplinary perspectives to consider the origins, bases and possible solutions to this pressing problem. The volume shows that the need for a solution is one of the most urgent facing humanity, yet the challenge of solving it is one that will require a major shift in the composite of human values.
 

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Contents

paradox and challenge
3
Thoreau and Leopold on science and values Bryan G Norton
31
God and endangered species Holmes Rolston III
47
Biodiversity and ecological justice Eric Katz
61
Pre industrial man and environmental degradation
77
Conserving biological diversity in the face of climate change
105
the question of human
133
Geimplasm conservation and agriculture Garrison Wilkes
151
Economic valuation of biodiversity Robert D Weaver
255
Thinking about the value of biodiversity Alan Randall
271
opportunities for genuine
287
are they incompatible?
327
Emergy evaluation of biodiversity for ecological engineering
339
a part of the biodiversity picture
361
The watchdog role of nongovernmental environmental
371
Legislative and public agency initiatives in ecosystem
381

two views of biodiversity
173
Biodiversity and landscape management lev Naveh
187
saving the Eastern Deciduous
209
Landscapes and management for ecological integrity
229
toward a new paradigm
393
Index
425
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