Ecosystems, Stable and Sustainable
Ecosystems: Basic units of nature within which living organisms continually interact with non-life forms, whose boundaries are arbitrary, and which exist in “dynamic equilibrium.”
Ecosystem services: A way of thinking about the benefits provided to humans and other species by nature; examples range from obvious (oxygen, food, water) to subtle (regulation of the carbon cycle) and psychological (aesthetic beauty). Sometimes called “nature’s services.”
Biodiversity: Abundance of biological variety.
EcoHealth: A term that indicates linkages between human and ecological well-being.
Sustainability: A debate exists concerning the definition of “sustainability” (or its earlier formulation “permanence”). One pole is anthropocentric (humans first), the other is biocentric (life in its basic form first). A formulation that many would consider anthropocentric is “capacity to meet long-term human needs enduring over many generations.” In...
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