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Ecology

The study of how living things interact with their surroundings. For example, an ecologist may study how a plant operates in different types of soil or whether or not bacteria thrive in various environs. Ecology is important in sustainable development to ensure that an action does not irreparably harm an environment.
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About 10 per cent of the Australian mainland is now protected by reserves--an essential component of ecologically sustainable resource management.
More than simply protecting the existing environment, her strategy is to secure and strengthen the very basis for ecologically sustainable development.
Land application is silviculturally beneficial, economically sensible, ecologically sustainable and environmentally responsible.
My students have responded quite favorably to independent research projects that "read" their local environments in terms of a land ethic: they have completed provocative research projects on ecologically viable methods of firefighting, the benefits of the Army Corps of Engineers' Atchafalya project on the Mississippi River, and problems with recycling, to name three.
Fair trade assures them a living wage, which keeps their children in schools, their families fed and help saves the environment, as fair trade farmers grow coffee beans in an ecologically sustainable way.
Another reason to leave eight-legged crawlers alone: "Spiders are important to us ecologically," Peterson says.
But the fact remains that ecologically our fates are intertwined, and that is why we talk of our common future.
The first would be "world-wide super-liberal concentration," the second is "radical polarisation" between ecologically sound and economically efficient agriculture and the third would be "multifunctional agriculture.
We need to reorder human life in an ecologically responsible manner, if there is time.
Three Alpine countries - France, Switzerland and Austria - have joined forces under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's global project on ecologically-viable transport, drawing up a specific case study on Alpine regions, a study that makes a significant contribution to the drafting of long-term global strategies for ecologically viable transport in the Alpine arc.
But Chilean environmentalists worry that a large-scale logging project might not be ecologically sustainable due to Tierra del Fuego's thin soils and fragile environment, which is frequently pounded by fierce Antarctic winds.
They're slowly being replaced by a more ecologically responsible type of forestry.