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Ecological economics is a new integrating and transdisciplinary field of science addressing the relationships between ecological and economic systems. The interactions between these two systems are at the centre of many of the most urgent problems humanity has to face. Paradoxically, these issues are not yet covered by any of the existing traditional scientific disciplines. Ecological economics studies the ecology of humans and the economy of nature, and the web of interconnections relating the human subsystem to the global ecosystem of which it is part. It differs from both ecology and economics, considered as isolated fields of study, in the perception of the nature of the problem, and the importance it attaches to the interactions between the two systems.

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Authors: FUNTOWICZ S O, JRC Ispra (IT);TIEZZI E, Università di Siena, Dipartimento di Chimica, Siena (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: OIKOS, Vol. 3 (1991) pp. 9-11
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