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18:00 - 19:45 10 March 2015
Are economic growth and biodiversity conservation compatible?
Huxley Lecture Theatre |
Zoological Society of London
Regents Park | London | NW1 4RY | United Kingdom
Economic growth has undoubtedly improved human livelihoods yet has equally convincingly had negative effects on the environment. Indeed, the environmental effects are so grave that a new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene, is being considered. Do nations follow standard economic trajectories from agrarian to post-industrial societies, with each stage having predictable impacts on biodiversity? The environmental Kuznets curve suggests a relationship between indicators of environmental degradation and income per capita such that after some income threshold is achieved, environmental improvement is possible. However, recognition of planetary boundaries, such as 350 ppm of carbon dioxide, suggest that domestic levels of pollutants are no longer relevant as pollutants merge internationally to exceed earth’s buffering capacities. This debate will bridge developmental economics with political and environmental science to explore how humanity can manage economic growth and biodiversity.
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