Global Consequences of Land Use
Global croplands, pastures, plantations, and urban areas have expanded in recent decades, accompanied by large increases in energy, water, and fertilizer consumption, along with considerable losses of biodiversity.
Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity
It is argued that human actions are dismantling the Earth’s ecosystems, eliminating genes, species and biological traits at an alarming rate, and the question of how such loss of biological diversity will alter the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with the goods and services needed to prosper is asked.
Ecosystem Services in Decision Making: Time to Deliver
Over the past decade, efforts to value and protect ecosystem services have been promoted by many as the last, best hope for making conservation mainstream – attractive and commonplace worldwide. In…
Modeling multiple ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, commodity production, and tradeoffs at landscape scales
Nature provides a wide range of benefits to people. There is increasing consensus about the importance of incorporating these “ecosystem services” into resource management decisions, but quantifying…
Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems (1997)
- G. Daily
- EconomicsThe Future of Nature
- 23 January 1998
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.
Challenges in the Quest for Keystones
This list of scientists and lecturers from the United States and Canada who have contributed to the scientific literature over the past 25 years has been compiled.
Conservation Planning for Ecosystem Services
- K. Chan, M. Shaw, D. Cameron, E. Underwood, G. Daily
- Environmental SciencePLoS Biology
- 31 October 2006
It is found that although there are important potential trade-offs between conservation for biodiversity and for ecosystem services, a systematic planning framework offers scope for identifying valuable synergies.
The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: An Overview Highlighting Hydrologic Services
Ecosystem services, the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems, are a powerful lens through which to understand human relationships with the environment and to design environmental policy. The…
Human Appropriation of Renewable Fresh Water
Humanity now uses 26 percent of total terrestrial evapotranspiration and 54 percent of runoff that is geographically and temporally accessible. Increased use of evapotranspiration will confer minimal…
Are We Consuming Too Much?
This paper articulates and applies frameworks for examining whether consumption is excessive. We consider two criteria for the possible excessiveness (or insufficiency) of current consumption. One is…