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Economic Valuation

Economists value the environment placing a monetary value on the basis of perceived ‚Äėgoods‚Äė and ‚Äôbads‚Äė arising from changes in environmental quality or resource availability. The rationale for the economic …

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)

In the broadest sense, the term Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) refers to a system of incentives to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity through recognition of the vital services provided for …

GDP of the Poor

GDP and the environment in developing countries Standard GDP (gross domestic product) statistics are unable to take into account the real livelihood basis of many poor sectors of the world population, …

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem goods and services Humans have always depended on nature for environmental assets like clean water, nutrient cycling and soil formation. These have been called by different names through human history, …

Uncertainty

The notion of ‚Äėuncertainty‚Äô is used in many scientific fields, often encompassing a multiplicity of related concepts. In broad terms, uncertainty may be defined as being any deviation from the …

Scenarios and visioning

Prospective, forward-looking studies include a vast range of concepts and approaches, which aim at exploring plausible and/or preferable futures to improve decision-making processes. Examples of methods used in futures studies …

Popular epidemiology

Epidemiology is concerned with the distribution of disease or physiological conditions in human populations and the factors that influence their distribution. Popular epidemiology, therefore, refers to when the lay public …

Corporate accountability

Corporate accountability can be defined as the ability of those affected by a corporation to hold corporations to account for their operations. This concept demands fundamental changes to the legal …

Ecological debt

The present societal use of resources is not sustainable in the long run, mainly because the costs associated with unsustainable activities do not affect those that carry out these activities. …

Apiculture vs. Transgenic-soybean in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Monsanto Co. applied in February 2012 to upgrade its Mexican soybean plantations, occupying around 250 thousand ha, from the status of ‚Äėpilot program‚Äė to ‚Äėcommercial‚Äô. Some 26% of these are …

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