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Nature's Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems

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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.

Synopsis:

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 present a detailed synthesis of our current understanding of a suite of ecosystem services and a preliminary assessment of their economic value. 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.

About the Author

Gretchen C. Daily is Bing Interdisciplinary Research Scientist in the department of biological sciences at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1. Perspectives on Nature's Services

Chapter 2. Ecosystem Services: A Fragmentary History

-Conclusion

-References

 

PART I. Economic Issues of Valuation

Chapter 3. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Philosophical Bases and Empirical Methods

Chapter 4. Valuing Ecosystem Services With Efficiency, Fairness, and Sustainability as Goals

 

PART II. Overarching Services

Chapter 5. The Interaction of Climate And Life

Chapter 6. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Chapter 7. Ecosystem Services Supplied by Soil

Chapter 8. Services Provided by Pollinators

Chapter 9. Natural Pest Control Services and Agriculture

 

PART III. Services Supplied by Major Biomes

Chapter 10. Marine Ecosystem Services

Chapter 11. Freshwater Ecosystem Services

Chapter 12. The World's Forests and Their Ecosystem Services

Chapter 13. Ecosystem Services in Grasslands

 

PART IV. Case Studies

Chapter 14. Biodiversity's Genetic Library

Chapter 15. Impacts of Marine Resource Extraction on Ecosystem Services and Sustainability

Chapter 16. Ecosystem Services in Subsistence Economies and Conservation of Biodiversity

Chapter 17. Ecosystem Services in a Modern Economy: Gunnison County, Colorado

Chapter 18. Water Quality Improvement by Wetlands

Chapter 19. Services Supplied by South African Fynbos Ecosystems

 

PART V. Conclusion

Chapter 20. Valuing and Safeguarding Earth's Life-Support Systems

 

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559634762
Subtitle:
Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems
Editor:
Daily, Gretchen C.
Foreword by:
Reichert, Joshua S.
Foreword by:
Myers, John Peterson
Foreword:
Reichert, Joshua S.
Foreword:
Myers, John Peterson
Editor:
Daily, Gretchen C.
Editor:
Daily, Gretchen
Author:
Mooney, Harold A.
Author:
Matson, Pamela
Author:
Bawa, Kamaljit
Author:
Reichert, Joshua
Author:
Buchmann, Stephen L.
Author:
Tillman, David
Author:
Harte, John
Author:
Kaufman, Les
Author:
Schneider, Stephen H.
Author:
Myers, John Peterson
Author:
Carpenter, Stephen
Author:
Naylor, Rosamond
Author:
Peterson, Charles H.
Author:
Dayton, Paul
Author:
Daily, Gretchen
Author:
Daily, Gretchen C.
Author:
Goulder, Larry
Author:
Lagerquist, Kalen
Author:
Alexander, Susan
Author:
Matson, Pamela A.
Author:
Postel, Sandra
Author:
Vitousek, Peter
Author:
Mooney, Harold
Foreword:
Reichert, Joshua S.
Foreword:
Myers, John Peterson
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, DC :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Effect of human beings on
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Biotic communities
Subject:
Ecosystem management
Subject:
Biotic communities -- Economic aspects.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
104-3
Publication Date:
19970201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
412
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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