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Nature's Services : Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems - Gretchen Daily

Nature's Services

Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems

By: Gretchen Daily (Editor), Sandra Postel (Contribution by), Kamaljit Bawa (Contribution by), Les Kaufman (Contribution by), Charles H. Peterson (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 1st February 1997
ISBN: 9781559634762
Number Of Pages: 412

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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 Services brings 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 Services represents 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.

Perspectives on Nature's Services
Introduction: What Are Ecosystem Services?p. 1
Ecosystem Services: A Fragmentary Historyp. 11
Valuing Ecosystem Services: Philosophical Bases and Empirical Methodsp. 23
Valuing Ecosystem Services with Efficiency, Fairness, and Sustainability as Goalsp. 49
The Interaction of Climate and Lifep. 71
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioningp. 93
Ecosystem Services Supplied by Soilp. 113
Services Provided by Pollinatorsp. 133
Natural Pest Control Services and Agriculturep. 151
Marine Ecosystem Servicesp. 177
Freshwater Ecosystem Servicesp. 195
The World's Forests and Their Ecosystem Servicesp. 215
Ecosystem Services in Grasslandsp. 237
Biodiversity's Genetic Libraryp. 255
Impacts of Marine Resource Extraction on Ecosystem Services and Sustainabilityp. 275
Ecosystem Services in Subsistence Economies and Conservation of Biodiversityp. 295
Ecosystem Services in a Modern Economy: Gunnison County, Coloradop. 311
Water Quality Improvement by Wetlandsp. 329
Services Supplied by South African Fynbos Ecosystemsp. 345
Valuing and Safeguarding Earth's Life-Support Systemsp. 365
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9781559634762
ISBN-10: 1559634766
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st February 1997
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 4