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Ecosystem Services

Leon C. Braat.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Environmentalist Thought and Ideology (Environmental Science); Politics; Management of Land and Natural Resources (Social Science); Sustainability. 15492 words.

The concept of ecosystem services considers the usefulness of nature for human society. The economic importance of nature was described and analyzed in the 18th century, but the term ecosys...

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Environmental Impacts of Tropical Soybean and Palm Oil Crops

Kimberly M. Carlson and Rachael D. Garrett.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science

P ublished online February 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation; Politics; Sustainability; Agriculture and Farming. 19371 words.

Oil crops play a critical role in global food and energy systems. Since these crops have high oil content, they provide cooking oils for human consumption, biofuels for energy, feed for...

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History of Ecological Design

Lydia Kallipoliti.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science

P ublished online April 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation; Politics; Environmental History; Sustainability. 23233 words.

The term ecological design was coined in a 1996 book by Sim van der Ryn and Stewart Cowan, in which the authors argued for a seamless integration of human activities with natural processes...

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Rethinking Conflict over Water

Scott M. Moore.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science

P ublished online November 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Pollution and Threats to the Environment (Social Science); Politics; Management of Land and Natural Resources (Social Science); Sustainability. 11003 words.

It has long been accepted that non-renewable natural resources like oil and gas are often the subject of conflict between both nation-states and social groups. But since the end of the Cold...

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