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Title: Restoration Ecology
Authors: Venkataraman, K
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: There is little doubt that ecology, which determines the fate of our planet and of our own survival, has been totally neglected. Population pressure, poverty and pollution have all brought the Earth to the brink of a planetary catastrophe, which if allowed to continue, could eventually render the Earth uninhabitable for all forms of life including human life.Humans have a responsibility towards other living things and obligations to future generations. The ecosystem provides the human society with food, fuel and timber. Basically ecosystem-services involve the purification of air and water, detoxification and decomposition of waters, regulation of climate, regeneration of soil fertility and pollination of crops. However, environmental degradation and destruction of many of the Earth’s biota is taking on a catastrophically short time scale. The current extinction rate of species is 1000 to 10000 times the normal rate. Habitat loss is the leading cause of both species extinction and decline in ecosystem-services.
Page(s): 23
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(05) [May 2010]

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