Sustainability Science

ISBN-10: 0521184703

ISBN-13: 9780521184700

Edition: 2012

List price: $86.95
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Sustainable development is becoming the guiding principle for the 21st century. This textbook - based on the author's course and rigorously class-tested by his students - provides an introduction into patterns of past and present (un)sustainable development and into the emergence of the notion of sustainable development. It systematically surveys the key concepts, models and findings of the various scientific disciplines with respect to the major sustainability issues: energy, nature, agro-food and resource systems, and economic growth. System analysis and modelling is introduced and used as an integrating tool. Stories and worldviews are used to connect the quantitative and the qualitative and to offer the reader an understanding of relevant trends and events in context. Sustainability Science is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in sustainable development and in environmental and resource science and policy.
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Book details

List price: $86.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 605
Size: 6.97" wide x 9.96" long x 1.06" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Introduction
The systems dynamics perspective
In search of sustainability: past civilizations
The world in the past 300 years: the Great Acceleration
Sustainability: concerns and definitions
Quality of life: on values, knowledge and worldviews
Energy fundamentals
On knowledge and models
Ecosystems
Human populations and human behaviour
Agro-food systems
Renewable resources: water, fish and forest
Non-renewable resources: the industrial economy
Towards a sustainable economy
Outlook on the futures
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