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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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Sustainable Conservation: Can It Be Done?

Sustainable Conservation: Can It Be Done?

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(p.51) 4 Sustainable Conservation: Can It Be Done?
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Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
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Gene E. Likens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0005

This chapter identifies the conservation and protection of ecosystems and landscapes as a critical need in the largely destabilized world of the early 21st century. This threat comes from several factors, including (1) war and terrorism, which seriously threaten and degrade natural and human-dominated ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide; (2) increased globalization of the marketplace, which markedly accelerates the invasion of alien species and spread of infectious disease; (3) the accelerating rate of suburban sprawl and fragmentation of landscapes and shorelines; and (4) the deficiency of leadership on these issues from the US.

Keywords:   conservation, environmental protection, ecosystems, terrorism, globalization, suburban sprawl, leadership

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