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The Concept of Responsibility

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Geoethics has developed within the scientific community to investigate the meaning and value of the geosciences, analysing their rational categories, possible perspectives, uncertainties and cognitive limits, with the aim of understanding how their modes of action conform to a specific vision of reality and how this vision, in turn, can modify the interaction of human action with natural reality (Doglioni C. and Peppoloni S. (2016). Pianeta Terra: una storia non finita. Il Mulino, Bologna, p. 160, ISBN 978–8,815,263,766).

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    The biogeochemical cycles (of carbon, oxygen, phosphorus, sulphur, nitrogen, water) are characterised by dynamically balanced processes consisting of essentially circular pathways, through which the chemical elements essential for biological life are continuously transferred from the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere to the organisms in the ecosystems and vice versa.

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    ‘Biomes are complex environmental systems of wide geographical extent, consisting of a set of ecosystems, whose animal and plant communities have achieved, in a given area of the Earth's surface, a relative stability in relation to environmental conditions. Each biome is characterised primarily by the climatic conditions of the region and by particular vegetation that hosts a typical fauna (set of animal species)’ (translated in English from: https://www.sapere.it/sapere/strumenti/studiafacile/biologia/Organismi-e-ambiente/La-biosfera-e-i-biomi/I-biomi.html). See also: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/biome. Accessed 29 March 2022.

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Peppoloni, S., Di Capua, G. (2022). The Concept of Responsibility. In: Geoethics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98044-3_4

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