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Victoria Campbell-Arvai, Douglas Bessette, Robyn Wilson & Joseph Arvai

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 25: Decision-Making about the Environment

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Decision-Making about the Environment
Decision-Making about the Environment
Victoria Campbell-ArvaiDouglas BessetteRobyn WilsonJoseph Arvai

In a highly networked and information-rich world, decisions about the environment have become increasingly complex and challenging. Whether we consider routine household decisions, or complex policy choices, decision-makers must increasingly consider multiple – and often conflicting – objectives. These objectives include the broader environmental, moral, economic, and social dimensions of alternative courses of action. At the same time, the number of alternatives that one can choose from seems to increase daily, which when combined with these multiple objectives results in the need for decision-makers to confront some very difficult tradeoffs. Adding to the challenge is the sheer volume of decisions that must be made on a daily basis.

While it is convenient to assume ...

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