Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity: Science, Ethics, Economics and Law (Google eBook)

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Laura Westra, Klaus Bosselmann, Richard Westra
Routledge, May 16, 2012 - Nature - 384 pages
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'The ecological challenge demands a paradigm shift in our thinking about the human-environment relation. Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity provides a state of the art account of work on ecological integrity - and offers a compelling vision for the future. Derek Bell, Senior Lecturer at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle A book of vast scope and richness ... If policymakers around the world took notice of this insightful set of messages, we would all live with greater happiness, health, and wellbeing, with a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Lawrence O. Gostin, ONeill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center This book attempts to do in theory what the world needs to do in practice. It is an ecological master plan that shows how we can not only survive but also flourish. James P. Sterba, President of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Ecosystems have been compared to a house of cards: remove or damage a part and you risk destroying or fundamentally and irreversibly altering the whole. Protecting ecological integrity means maintaining that whole - an aim which is increasingly difficult to achieve given the ever-growing dominance of humanity. This book is the definitive examination of the state of the field now, and the way things may (and must) develop in the future. Written and edited by members of the Global Ecological Integrity Group - an international collection of the worlds most respected authorities in the area - the book considers the extent to which human rights (such as the rights to food, energy, health, clean air or water) can be reconciled with the principles of ecological integrity. The issue is approached from a variety of economic, legal, ethical and ecological standpoints, providing an essential resource for researchers, students and those in government or business in a wide range of disciplines.
  

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Contents

THE INTERFACE
85
PART III ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
143
PART IV ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
213
PART V FUTURE POLICY PATHS FOR ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
273
List of Contributors
333
Index
339
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About the author (2012)

Klaus Bosselmann is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Lawat the University of Auckland.

Laura Westra is President of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) and author of 15 books. She is Professor Emerita (Philosophy), University of Windsor; Ph.D. in Law, Osgoode Hall Law School; and Adjunct Professor of Social Science, York University, Canada.

Richard Westra 's teaching has taken him around the world including Queen's University and Royal Military College, Canada, the International Study Centre, in East Sussex, College of The Bahamas, Nassau and Pukyong National University, South Korea. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Focus on the Global South/Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand. Currently he is Designated Associate Professor of Political Science, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan. His work has been published in numerous international academic journals. He has authored and edited ten books including Political Economy and Globalization, Routledge, 2009 and Confronting Global Neoliberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies, Clarity Press, 2010.

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