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Find what you want in a library near you with worldcat a global catalog of library collectionsecosystem services charting a path to sustainability documents the national academies keck futures initiative conference on ecosystem services at this conference participants were divided into 14 interdisciplinary research teams to explore diverse challenges at the interface of science engineering and medicinehumanity needs to provide food security to 9 billion or more people through the second half of this century this presents a major challenge on several fronts agroecology and crop production maintenance of adequate flows and quality of freshwater retention of nutrients maintenance of soil quality and conservation of living resources and social distribution of benefits and coststhe challenge is that the scale of these renewable technologies must be massive to have an impact for example about 84 of the energy use from human society today comes from fossil fuels this is about 11 terawatts tw of fossil energy or the equivalent of 160 million barrels of oil per dayecosystem services charting a path to sustainability describes how ecosystem services scientists work to document the direct and indirect links between humanitys well being and the many benefits provided by the natural systems we occupy this report explains the specific topics the interdisciplinary research teams addressed at the conference

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