[Pophealth] economic inequality predicts biodiversity loss
jeanne_shepard at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 31 05:57:36 PDT 2007
I will not be able to attend as my show opens on the 19th, but after that my
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>From: Stephen Bezruchka <sabez at u.washington.edu>
>To: Population Health Forum <pophealth at u.washington.edu>
>Subject: [Pophealth] economic inequality predicts biodiversity loss
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 20:33:12 -0700 (PDT)
>This paper carries our ideas into more basic ecology issues that are
> Reference: Mikkelson, G.M.,Gonzalez, A. and
> Peterson G.D. (2007)
> "Economic Inequality Predicts Biodiversity Loss," PLoS ONE
>Human activity is causing high rates of biodiversity loss. Yet,
>surprisingly little is known about the extent to which socioeconomic
>factors exacerbate or ameliorate our impacts on biological diversity. One
>such factor, economic inequality, has been shown to affect public health,
>and has been linked to environmental problems in general. We tested how
>strongly economic inequality is related to biodiversity loss in particular.
>We found that among countries, and among US states, the number of species
>that are threatened or declining increases substantially with the Gini
>ratio of income inequality. At both levels of analysis, the connection
>between income inequality and biodiversity loss persists after controlling
>for biophysical conditions, human population size, and per capita GDP or
>income. Future research should explore potential mechanisms behind this
>equality-biodiversity relationship. Our results suggest that economic
>reforms would go hand in hand with, if not serving as a prerequisite for,
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