The vulnerability of biotic diversity

TitleThe vulnerability of biotic diversity
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsSchlesinger W.H.
EditorSocolow R., Andrews C., Berkhout F., Thomas V.(eds.)
Book TitleIndustrial Ecology
Pagination245-260
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge
Accession NumberJRN00181
Keywordsbiodiversity, book, books, chapter, chapters, report, reports
Abstract

The presence or absence of a single species can cause a dramatic change in ecosystems,
but our ability to predict which species can cause such change is limited. The
disappearance of species can indicate changes in the ability of an ecosystem to sustain life
over a long period of time. While there is an enormous literature on the losses of species
associated with various industrial activities, the focus here is on changes in the earth's
atmosphere that may cause biotic impoverishment.