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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

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ESEP 14:1-5 (2014)  -  DOI:

The ethics of human impacts and the future of the earth’s ecosystems: Introduction

Daniel Pauly1, Konstantinos I. Stergiou2,3,* 

1Fisheries Centre, 2202 Main Mall, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
2Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Aghios Kosmas, 16777 Athens, Greece
3Laboratory of Ichthyology, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UP Box 134, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
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ABSTRACT: In this Theme Section, a selection of the International Ecology Institute Prize laureates and authors of the Excellence in Ecology books present their thoughts on the ethics of our impact on, and the future of, the earth’s ecosystems. The 5 essays address various issues: (1) the longer-term role of humans on the earth and (2) the earth’s capacity for supporting humans; (3) the diversity of microbes surrounding us and the allergic desensitization they provide and (4) our need for respecting the world around us; (5) which is gradually being compromised by our inability to act as reasonable stewards of the earth. In addition, the ethics of overfishing as well as new issues and questions raised are briefly discussed.

KEY WORDS: Bioethics · Microbes · Biodiversity · Overfishing · Stewardship

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Cite this article as: Pauly D, Stergiou KI (2014) The ethics of human impacts and the future of the earth’s ecosystems: Introduction. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 14:1-5.

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