HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Children at risk, says Illinois agricultural economist who helped assess the world's ecosystem

URBANA, Ill. -- A University of Illinois agricultural economist who played a role in shaping a recent assessment of the world's ecosystem and its future believes the study indicates "our children are at risk."

"Those of us who are adults will see some of the effects of current stresses on our ecosystems but it is our children who will pay the price of our drawing down of our natural capital, unless we can find ways to make it sustainable," said Gerald Nelson, a professor in the department of agricultural and consumer economics.

Nelson headed one of several teams assembled to study the state of the world's ecosystem today and construct scenarios that project 50 to 100 years into the future. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment's Synthesis Report is available now and final reports will be published later this year. (See the group's Web site at: http://www.maweb.org).

"This effort is in many ways a follow-on to the research that put the issue of global warming on the table after studies of the 1980s suggested a possible problem," said Nelson.

Nelson noted that this study looked at the environment from a human well-being perspective. In other words, how important are the services from ecosystems for human well-being? Food and clean water are obvious examples of ecosystems services but what benefits do we gain from conservation of biodiversity, marine ecosystems, and changes in climate?

"One of the first documents put out by the study noted that market-based solutions for the challenges facing the world's ecosystems are important," said Nelson. "Property rights also have a role to play. To address the problems facing the world, we need to find ways to make people realize the costs involved and that they are paying now for these problems. Then, perhaps, people will be more interested in positive strategies to overcome the problems."

And there are problems.

"For instance, we are alrea
'"/>

Contact: Bob Sampson, Extension Communications Specialist
rsampson@uiuc.edu
217-244-0225
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
6-May-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Doernbecher Childrens Hospital scientist earns coveted Javits award
2. Children of smokers have more than 5 times higher levels of a nicotine toxin
3. Children born after PGD as healthy as those born after conventional IVF treatment
4. NIH selects Childrens Hospital as Center of Excellence to train future generations of scientists
5. Childrens Hospital Oakland, Calif.s new iron regulation discovery
6. Childrens Hospital researcher leads multipronged attack on infant leukemia
7. Childrens Hospital Oaklands new maternal diet study
8. Childrens Hospital and Research Center-Oakland presents a new maternal diet study
9. Children of allergy sufferers prone to same problem
10. Childrens Hospital Boston presents at the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference
11. Genetic research at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh reinforces theory of evolution

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/2/2016)... , Feb. 2, 2016   Parabon ... from the U.S. Army Research Office and the ... range and sensitivity of the company,s Snapshot ... Accounting Mission and, more generally, defense-related DNA forensics. ... phenotyping capabilities (predicting appearance and ancestry from DNA ...
(Date:1/28/2016)... 2016 Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA ), a leading developer ... quarter ended December 31, 2015. --> ... 2016 increased 2 percent compared to the comparable quarter last year ... 2016 was $35.0 million, or $0.93 per diluted share. ... the first quarter of fiscal 2016 grew 9 percent over the ...
(Date:1/22/2016)... , Jan. 22, 2016 ... addition of the "Global Biometrics Market ... their offering. --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/p74whf/global_biometrics ... "Global Biometrics Market in Retail Sector ... --> Research and Markets ( ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... -- Vermillion, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRML ), a bio-analytical solutions ... of the Steering Committee for its Pelvic Mass Registry. ... Pelvic masses can present physicians and healthcare professionals with ... ruled out, pelvic masses may include cancers of the ... tumors and gastrointestinal and urinary tract masses. ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016  Wellcentive today announced it ... Portland, Oregon -based community care organization (CCO) ... health analytics, quality reporting and care management solutions ... its team of quality managers, analysts and care ... provider groups serving FamilyCare members. ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016   BioInformant ... report, "Stem Cell Research Products, Opportunities, Tools, and Technologies ... ... in the stem cell industry, BioInformant has more than ... the stem cell market, by stem cell type. This ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016 /PRNewswire/ - BioAmber Inc. (NYSE: BIOA ), ... that Mitsui & Co. Ltd., its partner in the ... is investing an additional CDN$25 million in the joint ... from 30% to 40%.  Mitsui will also play a ... in Sarnia , providing dedicated resources ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: