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A Bug's Life: Competition Among Species Towards the Environment

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A model of different species competing for the same environment is presented, and possible explanations of peaceful coexistence or rather internecine conflicts are consequently derived. By means of a Lotka-Volterra dynamic system we describe the evolution of two populations (bees and locusts) that differently approach the management of those natural resources they contend for, and thus make a simple parable of today's societies playing the current environmental scenario.

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  • Bella, Giovanni, 2007. "A Bug's Life: Competition Among Species Towards the Environment," Natural Resources Management Working Papers 10269, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:feemnr:10269
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