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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1787-1805; doi:10.3390/su4081787

The Race for Evolutionary Success

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Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee—Knoxville, McClung Tower, Room 1018, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee—Knoxville, McClung Tower, Room 1001, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Received: 4 July 2012 / Revised: 25 July 2012 / Accepted: 8 August 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adaptation or Extinction)
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Abstract

The Earth appears to be at the beginning of sixth massive species extinction. This paper balances a review of the forces threatening species survival with a comprehensive scan of factors that could act as counterweights. These factors could lead to four types of evolution—cultural, regulatory, ecological, and technological—that could individually or in combination avert massive species extinction if humans implement solutions faster than new problems arise. Implications and future research opportunities are also explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental scanning; extinction; evolution; cultural evolution; behavioral evolution; regulatory evolution; policy evolution; ecological evolution; biological evolution; technological evolution environmental scanning; extinction; evolution; cultural evolution; behavioral evolution; regulatory evolution; policy evolution; ecological evolution; biological evolution; technological evolution
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Tonn, B.; Stiefel, D. The Race for Evolutionary Success. Sustainability 2012, 4, 1787-1805.

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