Biodiversity and Landscapes: A Paradox of Humanity

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Ke Chung Kim, Robert D. Weaver, Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 1994 - Nature - 431 pages
This book is concerned with the paradox that humanity depends on biodiversity and landscape systems for its survival, yet, at the same time, the current burden of humanity's use of living resources places the existence of these natural systems at risk. The role of human values, technological society and social and political processes in the creation and solution of the paradox are explored in this volume, whose origins lie in an international discussion meeting held at the PennState Center for BioDiversity Research. 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.
 

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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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