Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity: Science, Ethics, Economics and Law

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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.
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Overview

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.
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'This wide-ranging book offers a fascinating set of reflections and arguments'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844075652
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Westra is the founder of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG). Klaus Bosselmann is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. Richard Westra is Assistant Professor of Political Economy at Pukyong National University, South Korea.

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures and Tables

Foreword David Suzuki Suzuki, David

Preface Jack Manno Manno, Jack

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

Pt. I Overview: Foundations of Ecological Integrity

Introduction Laura Westra Westra, Laura Klaus Bosselmann Bosselmann, Klaus 3

1 Ecological Integrity: Its History, Its Future and the Development of the Global Ecological Integrity Group Laura Westra Westra, Laura 5

2 Attaining a Sustainable Society James Karr Karr, James 21

3 A Modest Proposal about How to Proceed in Order to Solve the Problem of Inherent Moral Value in Nature Konrad Ott Ott, Konrad 39

4 The Earth Charter, Ethics and Global Governance Brendan Mackey Mackey, Brendan 61

5 Ecological Integrity as an Emerging Global Public Good Philippe Crabbe Crabbe, Philippe Jack Manno Manno, Jack 73

Pt. II Ecological Integrity and Biological Integrity: The Interface

Introduction Laura Westra Westra, Laura Klaus Bosselmann Bosselmann, Klaus 87

6 Ecological Integrity and Human Rights Prue Taylor Taylor, Prue 89

7 Eco-epidemiology: On the Need to Measure Health Effects from Global Change Colin L. Soskolne Soskolne, Colin L. 109

8 Finding 'Paradise' in a Complex Web: The Inter-relation of Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Human Health Carijn Beumer Beumer, Carijn Maud Huynen Huynen, Maud Pim Martens Martens, Pim 125

Pt. III Ecological Integrity and Environmental Justice

Introduction Laura Westra Westra, Laura 145

9 Aligned: Global Justice and Ecology Thomas Pogge Pogge, Thomas 147

10 Indigenous Rights as a Mechanism to Promote Environmental Sustainability Bradford Morse Morse, Bradford 159

11 A Human Right to Water: An Ethical Position or aRealizable Goal? Joseph Dellapenna Dellapenna, Joseph 183

12 The Case for Understanding Inadequate National Responses to Climate Change as Human Rights Violations Don Brown Brown, Don 195

Pt. IV Ecological Integrity, Climate Change and Energy

Introduction Helmut Burkhardt Burkhardt, Helmut Richard Westra Westra, Richard 215

13 How the World Bank could Lead the World in Alleviating Climate Change Robert Goodland Goodland, Robert Simon Counsell Counsell, Simon 219

14 The Ecological and Energy Integrity of Corn Ethanol Production David Pimentel Pimentel, David 245

15 Global Integrity and Utility Regulation: Constructing a Sustainable Economy Peter Miller Miller, Peter 257

Pt. V Future Policy Paths for Ecological Integrity

Introduction Laura Westra Westra, Laura 275

16 What Covenant Sustains Us? Ron Engel Engel, Ron 277

17 Confounding Integrity: Humanity as Dissipative Structure William Rees Rees, William 293

18 Socio-material Communication in Eco-sustainable Societies of the Future Richard Westra Westra, Richard 303

19 The Way Forward: Governance for Ecological Integrity Klaus Bosselmann Bosselmann, Klaus 319

Index 339

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