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The perilous state of global biodiversity
This time around, Dimensions takes on the critical and intertwining subjects of global biodiversity and ecosystem services. We are especially delighted to feature an exclusive introduction by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, whose thought-provoking piece sets the tone for a variety of articles, interviews and opinions on these increasingly important issues.
Global man-made biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation are subtly eating away at the Earth’s natural systems, and restricting nature’s ability to self-correct. Societies must return to a sustainable path before it is too late.
Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich | Read more
Have you ever wondered why it seems like many of the most biologically rich regions of the world are populated by indigenous peoples?
Victoria Reyes-García | Read more
The concept of ecosystem services can be a powerful and integral tool for bringing ecology and sustainability into the economic policymaking fold. But in monetizing Earth’s natural benefits, we risk alienating those communities most in need of protection.
Joy Merwin Monteiro | Read more
The Bangweulu swamps and floodplains in northern Zambia are home to the unique Shoebill stork. The human inhabitants of the swamps are descended from hunter-gatherer-fisher tribes, and these people’s lives are still intimately linked to their environment.
Carl Huchzermeyer | Read more
Ecosystem services are intrinsically linked to human well-being. In order to ensure that present and future generations can lead happy and healthy lives, we must understand the inter-dependency of social and ecological systems—and that simplifying ecosystems comes with a cost.
Marta Berbés-Blázquez | Read more
Since the dawn of mankind, Nature has demonstrated a seemingly endless capacity to endure humanity’s misadventures. But evidence continues to mount that this capacity is reaching its limit. We must not forget that we have but one planet, one home—and the damage we are doing is irreversible.
Ruenda Loots | Read more