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Nature's Services Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems

ISBN-10: 1559634766

ISBN-13: 9781559634762

Edition: 4th 1997

Authors: Gretchen Daily, John Peterson Myers, Joshua Reichert, Larry Goulder, Kalen Lagerquist

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Life itself as well as the entire human economy depends on goods and services provided by earth's natural systems. The processes of cleansing, recycling, and renewal, along with goods such as seafood, forage, and timber, are worth many trillions of dollars annually, and nothing could live without them. Yet growing human impacts on the environment are profoundly disrupting the functioning of natural systems and imperiling the delivery of these services.Nature's Servicesbrings together world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines to examine the character and value of ecosystem services, the damage that has been done to them, and the consequent implications for human society. Contributors including Paul R. Ehrlich, Donald Kennedy, Pamela A. Matson, Robert Costanza, Gary Paul Nabhan, Jane Lubchenco, Sandra Postel, and Norman Myers present a detailed synthesis of our current understanding of a suite of ecosystem services and a preliminary assessment of their economic value. Chapters consider: major services including climate regulation, soil fertility, pollination, and pest control philosophical and economic issues of valuation case studies of specific ecosystems and services implication of recent findings and steps that must be taken to address the most pressing concerns Nature's Servicesrepresents one of the first efforts by scientists to provide an overview of the many benefits and services that nature offers to people and the extent to which we are all vitally dependent on those services. The book enhances our understanding of the value of the natural systems that surround us and can play an essential role in encouraging greater efforts to protect the earth's basic life-support systems before it is too late.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 2/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Contributors
Preface
Perspectives on Nature's Services
Introduction: What Are Ecosystem Services?
Ecosystem Services: A Fragmentary History
Valuing Ecosystem Services: Philosophical Bases and Empirical Methods
Valuing Ecosystem Services with Efficiency, Fairness, and Sustainability as Goals
The Interaction of Climate and Life
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Ecosystem Services Supplied by Soil
Services Provided by Pollinators
Natural Pest Control Services and Agriculture
Marine Ecosystem Services
Freshwater Ecosystem Services
The World's Forests and Their Ecosystem Services
Ecosystem Services in Grasslands
Biodiversity's Genetic Library
Impacts of Marine Resource Extraction on Ecosystem Services and Sustainability
Ecosystem Services in Subsistence Economies and Conservation of Biodiversity
Ecosystem Services in a Modern Economy: Gunnison County, Colorado
Water Quality Improvement by Wetlands
Services Supplied by South African Fynbos Ecosystems
Valuing and Safeguarding Earth's Life-Support Systems
Index