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Nature's Services: Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems 1St Edition Edition

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"...the authors define ecosystem services, summarize historical perspectives, offer means of monetary valuation, and present some specific categories of damage.... [This] volume performs a highly valuable service, alerting readers in economic terms of the ultimately genocidal shortsightedness of abusing global biosphere."
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About the Author

Sandra Postel is Director of the Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is author of the books Pillar of Sand and Last Oasis, and of the essay "Troubled Waters," selected for the 2001 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing. In 2002, she was named one of the Scientific American 50, by Scientific American magazine, a new award recognizing contributions to science and technology. 

 



Until his death in 2010, Stephen H. Schneider was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, professor of biology, and a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
He served as a consultant to Federal Agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.His research included modeling of the atmosphere, climate change, and "the relationship of biological systems to global climate change." Over the course of his career, his groundbreaking work helped draw public attention to the issue of climate change. He was the founder and editor of the journal Climatic Change and authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and book chapters, some 140 book reviews, editorials, published newspaper and magazine interviews and popularizations.


Stephen Buchmann supports pollinator science and outreach at P2 with over a quarter century of experience. His ever-expanding portfolio includes science, art, research, photography, ecotourism, and conservation. Formerly a USDA-ARS research entomologist and currently an adjunct faculty member in the entomology department at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Dr. Buchmann is an expert on bees of the southwest and tropics. A prolific writer, he has authored/co-authored 8 books and over 150 scientific publications, including “The Forgotten Pollinators” which brought the issues of pollination into view for the general public. He has been active in formulating international laws (Sao Paulo Declaration) protecting pollinators and helping put pollinator friendly language into the US Farm Bill. Dr. Buchmann also holds joint research appointments with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. As a founding member of NAPPC, Dr. Buchmann continues to serve on the steering committee and supports special NAPPC projects. He received his doctorate in entomology from the University of California, Davis. His current research interests include native bee nesting behavior, conservation biology and pollination ecology, especially buzz pollination.
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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559634766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559634762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are you interested in environmental issues, natural resource policy, or understanding how ecosystems silently enable our society to function? If so you must read this book.

Almost 10 years has passed since this edited volume was published (edited by Gretchen Daily), and there has been considerable progress on some fronts. Accordingly and expectedly, some of the estimates of the values of services are out-dated, but there are crucial contributions here in the framework for understanding and characterizing such ecosystem services (the flow of benefits from ecosystems to people). This book sparked an immense scholarly and public interest in ecosystem services that has not even begun to peak. In order to enable our society to persist sustainably, we *must* understand our dependence on ecosystem services and incorporate this understanding into societal decision-making.

Top-notch scholars contributed to this excellent volume, which continues to be cited frequently in first-rate academic papers and to cause ripples in broader society.
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I haven't read this book. But I think that maybe it would be good if the only review --which is in spanish-- were translated. Here's Francisco's review:

This edition is important on the themes of environmental economy and the underestimation of ecosystem health, for humanity surges to break little known ecosystems, synergies, and the diverse benefits they bring, much of which we don't know.
So, this book approaches the important elements, for the process of optimizing the utilization of ecosystems, from philosophic, environmental, and economic perspectives.
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Essential to understanding how the world really works.
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Es bien importante que se editen textos en estos temas de economía ambiental pues la subestimación del valor de los ecosistemas para la humanidad surge a partir del poco conocimiento de los ecosistemas, de sus sinergias y los diversos beneficios que brindan, muchos de ellos no reconocidos. Así, este libro aporta elementos importantes, para el proceso de optimización de la utilización de los ecosistemas, desde la perpectiva ambiental, filosófica y económica.
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