Rio Grande Basin and the Modern World: Understanding Scale and Context
Rio Grande Ecosystems: Linkin Land, Water, and People
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Stateion, Proceedings RMRS-P-7
Environmental problems are social issues, embedded in economic and political contexts at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Placing environmental issues on the scale from local to global clarifies conflicts between the level at which problems originate and the level at which they must be addressed. Local issues today often originate in sources distant in time and space, increasing the difficulty of discerning and addressing them. Conflicts in environmental management can be approached by understanding their broader context and the appropriate level at which to manage them.
Tainter, J. A. Rio Grande Basin and the Modern World: Understanding Scale and Context. In Rio Grande Ecosystems: Linking Land, Water, and People, compiled by Deborah M. Finch, Jeffrey C. Whitney, Jeffrey F. Kelly, and Samuel R. Loftin, pp. 7-11. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Proceedings RMRS-P-7.