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The Right of Nonuse$
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Jan G. Laitos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.001.0001

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The Biology of Resource Nonuse

The Biology of Resource Nonuse

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The Right of Nonuse

Jan G. Laitos

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how evolutionary biology seems to suggest that living organisms would not have evolved to the point where humans could exist if humans had more of an opportunity to wreak havoc on the natural world by their relentless and systematic use of natural resources. Indeed, it suggests that human interference with resource nonuse may be adversely affecting the evolutionary mechanism that had been in place long before humans were around. One response to this uniquely biological harm brought about by human activity is for humans to consider the benefits that might flow if they were to leave nature alone, so that the nonuse features of resources have the opportunity to correct the harms caused by human use demands.

Keywords:   evolutionary biology, evolution, human activity, human use demands

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