Earth is shrinking for Ecosystem Services – Where Do We Stand?

Publication type: 
International journal Landscape
Volume/Chapter/Issue: 
4
Page Number: 
12-13
Year: 
2016
Authors: 
Shabbir A Shahid
Abstract: 

Among all planets in the solar system, Earth is a unique planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of liquid water on its surface, and of course, human life. Total land area is 148.94 x 106 km2 (29.2 percent) whereas water occupies 70.8 percent area of the planet. The soils on Earth deliver ecosystem services such as food, fibre and fuel, construction material, human infrastructure, habitats for living organisms, nutrient cycling, climate regulation and carbon sequestration that enable life on earth.