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Sustainability and other misappropriated words lead to confusion which degrades communication

Subject: Sustainability and other misappropriated words lead to confusion which degrades communication
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Mar 20 2019 17:45:12
"Sustainability" and other buzz-words have been misappropriated and thrown
about recklessly by both the popular lexicon and even in academia leading
to gross misunderstandings and the collapse of intellectual discipline.

Has anyone else noticed that "ecosystem" has suffered that fate too--almost
anything can be called an ecosystem, it seems.

"What we have here is a *failure* to communicate!" --Strother Martin's
character in the film, *Cool Hand Luke.*

A sustainable fishery, for example, is one that can continuously reproduce
at a rate that will, under a certain level of fishing pressure, replace
itself without declining to the point that breeding stocks required to
achieve that sustainable population are not compromised by over-fishing or
excessive predation by other species. This is a *dynamic* process, which
fluctuates between the maximum carrying capacity of the support system
(context) for that population. When that support system's carrying capacity
is reached, the fishery (or other) population will degrade and die off if
predation pressure does not reduce the population "boom" to *sustainable*
levels.

There's more, but it gets more complicated than necessary to illustrate the
point. However, I invite corrections and modifications as well as
alternative explanations.

I might add that a "sustainable" retirement fund is one that earns enough
interest to sustain the retiree without dipping into the principal.

Wayne



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