The Sustainable Biosphere Initiative: An Ecological Research Agenda: A Report from the Ecological Society of America

@article{Lubchenco1991TheSB,
  title={The Sustainable Biosphere Initiative: An Ecological Research Agenda: A Report from the Ecological Society of America},
  author={Jane Lubchenco and Annette M. Olson and Linda B. Brubaker and Stephen R. Carpenter and Marjorie M. Holland and Stephen P. Hubbell and Simon A. Levin and James A. Macmahon and Pamela A. Matson and Jerry M. Melillo and Harold Mooney and Charles H. Peterson and H. Ronald Pulliam and Leslie A. Real and Philip J. Regal and Paul G. Risser},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={1991},
  volume={72},
  pages={371-412}
}
In this document, the Ecological Society of America proposes the Sustainable Biosphere Initiative (SBI), an initiative that focuses on the necessary role of ecological science in the wise management of Earth's resources and the maintenance of Earth's life support systems. This document is intended as a call to arms for all ecologists, but it will also serve as a means to communicate with individuals in other disciplines with whom ecologists must join forces to address a common predicament. This… 

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