The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Wednesday, 10 November, 2010
Just in case anyone who has taken the time to visit my blog in the past STILL hadn’t got the message about the need to acknowledge the complexity of the interdependencies that exist at every level of our existence. It is worth remembering that the global ecosystem would fair an awful lot better without us to screw it up but we are dependent upon it for our survival.
The history of post-war economic growth has been one of unsustainable development: unsustainable for the planet’s ecosystems, for its species diversity, and indeed for the human race. By some recent yardsticks of sustainability, our global ecological footprint has doubled over the last 40 years, and now stands at 30 per cent higher than the Earth’s biological capacity to produce for our needs.
The ongoing degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, especially observable in the post-war era, is a well-documented reality. Several reports, culminating in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, have presented the evidence of significant degradation, affecting 60 per cent of ecosystem services over the last 40 years…
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations | SD Scene.