Sustainable Development and the Limitation of Growth: Future Prospects for World Civilization
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 27, 2009 - Science - 262 pages
2007 marked the 20th anniversary of the G.H.Brundtland Commission report that broke new ground by addressing the issue of sustainable development as a means of avoiding an ecological catastrophe. This led to a multitude of political declarations, documents and scientific articles while Agenda 21 – adopted in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro – has been accepted by the governments of more than 100 countries. Sadly, however, this has not prevented certain recent dangerous trends, nor have the wider public, journalists, business circles or politicians grasped the urgency of the problem. It is therefore important to make humanity understand its real place in the natural environment and the gravity of the ecological threat before us.
The exclusive role of natural ecosystems is a key factor in the maintenance of the biospheric equilibrium. The current global crisis is largely caused by their dramatic decline by 43% in the past hundred years. Ignoring the immutable laws and limitations which determine the existence of all living things in the biosphere could lead humanity to an ecological catastrophe. This book presents the ecological, demographic, economic and socio-psychological manifestations of the global crisis and outlines the immutable laws and limitations which determine the existence of all living things in the biosphere.
The authors are eminently qualified to write about the problems associated with the global crisis and consider the causes behind humanity's conflict with its environment. V. Danilov-Danilian, Associate of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russia's former Minister of the Environment, and K. Losev, professor at Moscow State university, are leading Russian ecologists and I. Reyf is a journalist who specializes in ecology and global development. Dr. Danilov-Danilian works on the economics of nature management, economic and mathematical model building, sustainable development theory and ecology. Dr Losev is the chief researcher and head of the division of the VINITI. All the authors have published numerous papers, articles and books on such subjects as glaciology, hydrology, environment studies, global change and sustainable development.
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Resorting to such fields as geology, biophysics, biology, history, politics, demography, economics and paleoanthropology, this study argues that humanity cannot continue to act as if it were exempt ... Read full review
Critically overpopulated planet
The ecological equivalents of modern man
The social dimension of the crisis
The basis of sustainability in nature and in civilization
The national colors of sustainable development
Coevolution of nature and society Fact or ﬁction?
Sustainable development in relation to the carrying capacity of the biosphere
The role of centralized and market economies
The crisis of values as the main cause of the ecological challenge
The mission of the Club of Rome
Programs for change StockholmRioJohannesburg
Toward a systemic understanding of the biosphere
The constancy of the planetary environment in light of the biotic regulation mechanism
102 A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE BIOTAS DIRECTED INFLUENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
103 THE THEORY OF BIOTIC REGULATION AND THE STABILIZING ROLE OF BIOTA
The starting conditions of sustainable development and the preservation of ecosystems by country and continent
Navigation directions Indicators of sustainable development
Is there enough community responsibility discipline and love?
The barricades of old thinking in the way of sustainable development
What the market economy can and cannot accomplish
Sustainable development and the real human condition
The social premises of sustainable development and the globalization problem