Causes, consequences and ethics of biodiversity

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The existence of so great a diversity of species on Earth remains a mystery, the solution to which may also explain why and how biodiversity influences the functioning of ecosystems. The answer may lie in quantifying the trade-offs that organisms face in dealing with the constraints of their environment. Societal responses to the loss of biodiversity also involve trade-offs, and the elaboration of these will be essential in developing wiser environmental ethics and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-211
Number of pages4
Issue number6783
StatePublished - May 11 2000

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