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Biodiversity: Understanding the vocabulary of environmentalism

What do we really mean when we talk about biodiversity?

On the surface, the word signifies the degree of variation of biological life within an ecosystem.

Biodiversity is one measure of the health of biological systems, and — according to James McWilliams — the popular understanding is “the more of it the better.”

McWilliams argues that biodiversity has hidden implications that complicate its value as a precise gauge for land conservation.

Read the full editorial on the New York Times Freakonomics blog.

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