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Environmental Degradation and the Tyranny of Small Decisions

William E. Odum
BioScience
Vol. 32, No. 9, Issues in Biology Education (Oct., 1982), pp. 728-729
DOI: 10.2307/1308718
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1308718
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

Economist Alfred E. Kahn's premise of "the tyranny of small decisions" is applicable to environmental issues. Examples of so-called "small decision effects" range from loss of prime farmland and acid precipitation to mismanagement of the Florida Everglades. A holistic rather than reductionist perspective is needed to avoid the undesirable, cumulative effects of small decisions.

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