Foundations of Environmental Sustainability: The Co-Evolution of Science and Policy

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This book reviews and analyzes the period (roughly from the 1950s to the present) when the "environment" became an issue as important as economic growth, or war and peace; to assess the current situation, and begin planning for the challenges that lie ahead. Most people are aware of both the environmental destruction taking place around the world and of the specter of climate change. The devastation of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina illustrates the potential for disaster when climate change is combined with the mismanaged environmental policy. How did we get to this point? What has been done and what can be done to avoid future environmental disasters? Thirty-two contributing chapter authors (among them, one of the principal drafters of the National Environmental Policy Act, Chief of the African Environment Division and the World Bank, Vice President of the Center for Conservation Innovation at the World Wildlife Fund, President of the Zoological Society of London, former President of the Ecological Society of America) use their unique, authoritative perspective to review the evolution of environmental science and policy in the past half century.
Each author describes the evolution of environmental science and policy in the past half century and consider the challenges of the future. Although the authors of this book come from various fields, they have followed paths that have generally converged on the concept of sustainability. This book attempts to define what sustainability is, how we can achieve it, and what the prospects for sustainability in the future are.

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"Many courses taught by ecologists, new undergraduate curricula in ecology and environmental studies, and many new innovative graduate programs are attempting to break the shackles of disciplinary thinking. Foundations of Environmental Sustainability models this type of interdisciplinary study both in terms of specific cases and by offering all of its authors as role models, who like Lee Talbot, recognize that our science can guide the decision-making process and implementation of programs that may help sustain ecosystems and their processes."—Ecology

"Essential reading for policymakers and scientists alike, [Foundations of Environmental Sustainability] offers a balanced appraisal of the global state of sustainable practice, past and present."—Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195309454
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Environmental Movement in the United States, Russell W. Peterson
2. International Environmental Policy: Some Recollections and Reflections, Russell E. Train
3. The Global 2000 Report and Its Aftermath, J. Gustave Speth
4. Sustainable Conservation: Can It Be Done?, Gene E Likens
5. Conservation of Sensitve Biodiversity Areas, Robert Goodland
6. Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management to Meet the Challenges of Global Change in the 21st century, Kenton R. Miller and Charles Victor Barber
7. Ecological and Intellectual Baselines: Saving Lions, Tigers and Rhinos in Asia, John Seidensticker
8. Observations on Trends and Issues in Global Conservation, James Teer
9. Half Century of American Range Ecology and Management: A Retrospective,, Frederic H. Wagner
10. Policy Failures in African Rangeland Development, Walter Lusigi
11. The Role of Science and Scientists in Changing Forest Service Management Relative to Sustainability, Jack Ward Thomas and James Burchfield;
12. Sustainable Use of Marine Living Resources: Notion or Myth?, Sidney Holt
13. Marine Mammal Conservation, John R. Twiss Jr., Robert J. Hofman, and John E. Reynolds, III
14. Marine Wildlife Policy: Underlying Ideologies, Michael L. Weber
15. Overcoming Barriers to Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development, Leif E. Christoffersen
16. The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development, Mohamed El-Ashry
17. Biodiversity Conservation in the Real World: Incentives Disincentives and Disconnects, Agi Kiss
18. Resource Wars: Nation and State Conflicts of the Twentieth Century, Jason Clay
19. Conservation and Development: The Nam Theun 2 Dam Project in Laos, Thayer "Ted" Scudder;
20. A Biocultural Basis for an Ethic toward the Natural Environment, Stephen R. Kellert
21. International Environmental Legal Instruments, Nicholas Robinson;
22. The Evolution of Sustainability in Forest Management Policy, V. Alaric Sample
23. The Future of Ecology and the Ecology of the Future, Daniel B. Botkin
24. A New Environmentalism: Conservation and the Core of Governmental Purpose, George M. Woodwell;
25. Climate Change and Prospects for Sustainability, Thomas Lovejoy

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