Supply-Side Sustainability

Supply-Side Sustainability

by Timothy F. H. Allen, Joseph A. Tainter, Thomas W. Hoekstra
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231105878

ISBN-13: 9780231105873

Pub. Date: 02/12/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

While environmentalists insist that lower rates of consumption of natural resources are essential for a sustainable future, many economists dismiss the notion that resource limits act to constrain modern, creative societies. The conflict between these views tinges political debate at all levels and hinders our ability to plan for the future.

Supply-Side

Overview

While environmentalists insist that lower rates of consumption of natural resources are essential for a sustainable future, many economists dismiss the notion that resource limits act to constrain modern, creative societies. The conflict between these views tinges political debate at all levels and hinders our ability to plan for the future.

Supply-Side Sustainability offers a fresh approach to this dilemma by integrating ecological and social science approaches in an interdisciplinary treatment of sustainability. Written by two ecologists and an anthropologist, this book discusses organisms, landscapes, populations, communities, biomes, the biosphere, ecosystems and energy flows, as well as patterns of sustainability and collapse in human societies, from hunter-gatherer groups to empires to today's industrial world. These diverse topics are integrated within a new framework that translates the authors' advances in hierarchy and complexity theory into a form useful to professionals in science, government, and business.

The result is a much-needed blueprint for a cost-effective management regime, one that makes problem-solving efforts themselves sustainable over time. The authors demonstrate that long-term, cost-effective resource management can be achieved by managing the contexts of productive systems, rather than by managing the commodities that natural systems produce.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231105873
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2003
Series:
Complexity in Ecological Systems Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface1. The Nature of the ProblemPart I. Complexity, Problem Solving, and Social Sustainability2. Complexity and Social Sustainability: Framework3. Complexity and Social Sustainability: ExperiencePart II. A Hierarchical Approach to Ecological Sustainability4. The Criteria for Observation and Modeling5. Biomes and the Biosphere6. Ecosystems, Energy Flows, Evolution, and Emergence7. Retrospect and ProspectsReferencesIndex

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