Sustainable Development and the Limitation of Growth: Future Prospects for World Civilization

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 27, 2009 - Science - 262 pages
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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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Contents

Global ecological situation
3
References
21
Critically overpopulated planet
24
References
37
The ecological equivalents of modern man
39
References
44
Civilization teetering over the abyss of crisis conclusion
46
The social dimension of the crisis
47
The basis of sustainability in nature and in civilization
161
References
168
The national colors of sustainable development
169
References
175
Coevolution of nature and society Fact or fiction?
177
References
182
On the scale of a scientific approach
184
Sustainable development in relation to the carrying capacity of the biosphere
185

References
58
The role of centralized and market economies
61
References
69
The crisis of values as the main cause of the ecological challenge
71
References
79
The world community Politicians and scientists in search of a solution
81
The mission of the Club of Rome
82
References
87
Programs for change StockholmRioJohannesburg
89
References
97
Toward a systemic understanding of the biosphere
99
References
114
The constancy of the planetary environment in light of the biotic regulation mechanism
116
102 A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE BIOTAS DIRECTED INFLUENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
125
103 THE THEORY OF BIOTIC REGULATION AND THE STABILIZING ROLE OF BIOTA
139
References
157
Sustainable development Between complacency and reality
160
References
195
The starting conditions of sustainable development and the preservation of ecosystems by country and continent
197
References
219
Navigation directions Indicators of sustainable development
223
References
230
Is there enough community responsibility discipline and love?
232
The barricades of old thinking in the way of sustainable development
235
References
238
What the market economy can and cannot accomplish
239
References
244
Sustainable development and the real human condition
245
References
249
The social premises of sustainable development and the globalization problem
250
References
255
Index
257
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