to citizens of Russia:
Forests mean safety
Scientific concept of the
biotic regulation of the environment
can be formulated with the following major propositions:
- Natural ecological communities that are undisturbed by humans
create and control their
environment. They maintain it in a state optimal for the whole community
and, up to a certain threshold, compensate for all deviations from that optimum.
Such biotic regulation occurs on both local and global scales.
- Biotic regulation is performed by the complex co-ordinated
functioning of all species in the natural ecological community.
The information needed to ensure such functioning is contained in
the genomes of species. Stabilising natural selection protects this
information from spontaneous decay.
Evolution proceeds in the direction of enhancing the
regulatory potential of the community.
Information fluxes that are processed by the natural biota while performing
environmental control exceed the information fluxes that
modern civilisation would ever be able to process by orders of magnitude.
This means that the biotic mechanism of environmental stabilisation
is unique and cannot be replaced by a technological one.
Anthropogenic transformation of natural ecosystems
completely destroys the regulatory potential of the ecological communities
on a local scale and continually weakens the global power of biotic
Anthropogenically disturbed and artificially
created biological systems are not only merely deprived of regulatory
abilities but themselves act as powerful destabilisers of
- Environmental parameters that are favourable for life on Earth
are physically unstable. In particular,
the liquid state of terrestrial hydrosphere,
a major prerequisite for functioning of the contemporary living systems,
is unstable with respect to
spontaneous transition to the states of complete glaciation of the planetary
surface or complete evaporation of the oceans.
Without the stabilising impact of natural
biota the environment and climate of Earth would rapidly degrade to a
state prohibiting human existence.
The major challenge for modern natural science is
therefore to quantify the necessary and sufficient global area that
needs to be exempted from anthropogenic activities and
given back to natural ecosystems in order to
offset the global environmental collapse and
the long-term stability of environmental parameters
favourable for human life. In short,
NO NATURAL FORESTS - NO HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH