Protecting Biodiversity

The global debate on biodiversity has inevitably led us to consider traditional knowledge of plants, ethnobotany’s basic corpus, as an inseparable part of this discipline. This fact was amply recognised by the Convention on Biodiversity. Furthermore, ethnobotanical knowledge can and should be used to achieve sustainable development that is compatible with the conservation of biodiversity.
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Beloved Botany

Ethnobotany, the study of relationships between human societies and plants, is a discipline at the crossroads between natural sciences and social sciences. Such interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity breaches a purely scientific paradigm to bring researchers together from fields as diverse as anthropology...
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Can scientific facts and the idiosyncratic tribal culture of scientists be presented persuasively and intelligibly in the form of «science-in-fiction» and «science-in-theatre»? Here, some affirmative examples are given, emphasising the play Oxygen.
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© Mètode Perhaps among the features that best characterise the work of Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Paris-Sorbonne University, are her tireless efforts to

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© Mètode The large laboratory of the Royal Court of Berlin. From Johannes Hörmann, 1898. Die königliche Hofapotheke in Berlin (1598-1898), Hohenzollern Jahrbuch 1898. Historians of chemistry have dealt with this

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Quan Lavoisier parla d’oxigen no té en ment la mateixa idea que un químic contemporani. La diferència entre un concepte i l’altre és un problema fonamental a l’hora d’estudiar les teories químiques anteriors i posteriors a la revolució química.
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe's novel Elective Affinities employed chemical affinity as a metaphor and applied it to romantic relationships.
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The gradual melting of the Arctic, the subsequent opening of new shipping routes and easier access to various natural resources comprise a topic that mixes climatology, geology, technology, economics and

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From the outset, modern philosophy has taken an interest in cultural diversity. However, at the start it did so paradoxically, by reducing plurality to the lowest common denominator universal to

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Recent years have witnessed a revival of the debate concerning natural law or natural justice, which suggests that laws, or at least the basic principles (foundations and limits) of social,

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Humans are living beings of extraordinary complexity. It is clear that we have our own particular nature –as do all animal species– but the fact that such definitions of our

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New technologies, and particularly developments in genomics, have significantly changed the theoretical understanding of human beings: the nature and culture of man can be modified alike. However, considering genes to

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[caption id="attachment_1476" align="alignleft" width="200"] The topic human nature has inspired the artists Rafael Martí Quinto and Jesús Martínez Oliva to collaborate on this monographic issue of Mètode –offering an artist’s

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This article is divided in three sections. The first briefly describes the governance instituted with the creation of a European monetary union. The second section provides an overview of how

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The competitiveness of a production model depends on its ability to adapt to economic developments and changes in demand. Innovation is a prerequisite for increased competitiveness, but must be accompanied

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The first decade of the new century has seen the return to an old controversy: the possible imbalance between population and food supply on a global scale. The trigger has

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Water is a limited resource and its scarcity is getting steadily worse due to climate change and overexploitation of land. Together with energy, water is a key resource in any

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Energy, along with water, is a crucial element in any strategy aiming to achieve economic growth. The past squandering of resources cannot continue if we are to ensure sustainable growth

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The Spanish construction sector has traditionally proven inefficient with many cases of bad practice leading to the overproduction of housing and over-reliance of our economy on this sector. The current

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[caption id="attachment_1639" align="alignleft" width="300"] © P. Duran[/caption] One of the causes of the current crisis has been our land management, heir to the building boom of the sixties and seventies. This

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In recent years many European Union countries have shown a clear intention to incorporate new forms of territorial administration and spatial planning. In different areas and spheres of government there

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Valencians should be able to achieve a respectful balance between culture, history, tradition, modernity and competitiveness, as have most enlightened peoples of Europe. It is doubtful, however, that we have

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© M. Lorenzo Training and knowledge are two main underpinnings of any production system. In this respect, knowledge transfer from universities to society should be a priority for all Governments. The

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[caption id="attachment_1601" align="alignleft" width="200"] Mètode worked with the artists Marcelo Fuentes and Anna Sanchis, who both collaborated on this special issue. Their works reflect one of the keys to understanding

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