Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Health Synthesis

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Health Synthesis

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2. Ecosystems and human well-being: health synthesis Published by World Health Organization, Geneva, 2005. Price £11.00. ISBN 92-4-156309. DOI: 10.1177/146624006066288.

There is a vast amount of often complicated and diverse information available relating to how mankind is adversely affecting the planet; consequently it is sometimes difficult to maintain a balanced view of the impact of this on human health. This publication from the World Health Organization (WHO) is an easily accessible analysis of how changes in ecosystems are affecting the well-being of the world's population. The reader is left in no doubt about the seriousness of the situation and it is certainly one of the best overviews of the subject I have seen.

It will be no surprise to many that over the last 50 years, natural ecosystems have changed more rapidly and extensively than at any other time in our history. The gains in certain areas have been tremendous in terms of economic growth and well-being, but the costs to some regions of the world have been degradation of natural resources to the point where they are becoming unsustainable. …

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