Untangling the Environmentalist's Paradox: Why is Human Well-Being Increasing as Ecosystem Services Degrade?

@inproceedings{RaudseppHearne2010UntanglingTE,
  title={Untangling the Environmentalist's Paradox: Why is Human Well-Being Increasing as Ecosystem Services Degrade?},
  author={Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne and G. Peterson and Maria Teng{\"o} and E. M. Bennett and Tim Holland and Karina Benessaiah and G. K. MacDonald and Laura M. Pfeifer},
  year={2010}
}
  • Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, G. Peterson, +5 authors Laura M. Pfeifer
  • Published 2010
  • Economics
  • Environmentalists have argued that ecological degradation will lead to declines in the well-being of people dependent on ecosystem services. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment paradoxically found that human well-being has increased despite large global declines in most ecosystem services. We assess four explanations of these divergent trends: (1) We have measured well-being incorrectly; (2) well-being is dependent on food services, which are increasing, and not on other services that are… CONTINUE READING
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