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  1. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and the Environmentalist Agenda: A Reply to Odenbaugh.Jonathan A. Newman - 2020 - Biology and Philosophy 35 (1):17.
    Among the instrumental value defenses for biodiversity conservation is the argument that biodiversity is necessary to support ecosystem functioning. Lower levels of biodiversity yield lower levels of ecosystem functioning and hence the inference that we should conserve biodiversity. In our book Defending Biodiversity: Environmental Science and Ethics, we point out three problems with this inference. The empirical support for such an inference derives from experiments conducted on a very small set of ecosystem types and ecosystem functions. These experiments suffer from (...)
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