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A scale problem with the ecosystem services argument for protecting biodiversity

Morrow, Katie H. (2023) A scale problem with the ecosystem services argument for protecting biodiversity. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The ecosystem services argument is a highly publicised instrumental argument for protecting biodiversity. I develop a new objection to this argument based on the lack of a causal connection from global species losses to local ecosystem changes. I survey some alternative formulations of services arguments, including ones incorporating option value or a precautionary principle, and show that they do not fare much better than the standard version. I conclude that environmental thinkers should rely less on ecosystem services as a means to defend biodiversity, and that attention should be focused on additional types of value which might be attributed to global biodiversity.


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Morrow, Katie H.katherine.morrow@uni-bielefeld.de0000-0002-4126-8121
Keywords: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Instrumental Value, Option Value, Precautionary Principle
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
Depositing User: Dr. Katie H. Morrow
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2023 20:51
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2023 20:51
Item ID: 22608
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.3197/096327122X16569260361751
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22608

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