Surviving with the Biosphere: The Fourth International Conference on Environmental Future

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Now that the major dangers to maintaining The Biosphere in an environmentally acceptable way have been recognized, the single most important task facing mankind is to take the necessary steps to avert those dangers. In this volume, the complete range of issues is surveyed in a masterly manner by two of the world's leading environmentalists, Dr. Martin W. Holdgate, Director of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Dr. Mostafa K. Tolba, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (INEP) ...
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Overview

Now that the major dangers to maintaining The Biosphere in an environmentally acceptable way have been recognized, the single most important task facing mankind is to take the necessary steps to avert those dangers. In this volume, the complete range of issues is surveyed in a masterly manner by two of the world's leading environmentalists, Dr. Martin W. Holdgate, Director of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Dr. Mostafa K. Tolba, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (INEP) (IUCN). Other specialist themes are dealt with by recognized experts. First, the physical and biological problems of the environment are addressed: the atmosphere, the oceans and coastal waters, freshwater supplies, agriculture and forestry, and the maintenance of biodiversity as an irreplaceable source of genetic resource - then the theme shifts to man, his fertility, his behaviour, the instabilities of his societies, and his cultural and political activities. That leads naturally to a reconsideration of the application of economic interests and how these might be made more environmentally friendly, to changes in human behaviour that will be necessary, and to the fundamental problems for law and morality that are posed by the environment. Finally, the urgent need for global action leads to a consideration of the possibilities and problems of transnational governance.
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The proceedings of the April 1990 conference survey the complete range of threats to maintaining the biosphere and the steps necessary to avert those threats. First, the physical and biological problems of the environment are addressed: the atmosphere, the oceans and coastal waters, freshwater supplies, agriculture and forestry, and the maintenance of biodiversity as an irreplaceable genetic resource. Then the theme turns to humankind: its fertility, behavior, the instability of its societies, and its cultural and political activities. This leads to a reconsideration of the application of economic interests, to necessary changes in human behavior, and to fundamental problems of law and morality that are posed by the environment. Finally, the urgent need for global action leads to a consideration of the possibilities of transnational governance. Distributed by Columbia U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780748603145
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 572

Table of Contents

Prologue and Opening of the Conference
1 Overview: Our Threatened World 1
Annexe 1: The Environmental Situation in Bangladesh 29
2 The Atmospheric Greenhouse: Ordeal by Scepticism 31
3 Optimal Land-use: Forestry 57
4 Optimal Land-use: Agriculture 66
Annexe 2: Environmental Problems of Soils and Land-use in Hungary 98
5 Uses and Abuses of Ocean Space 112
6 Uses and Abuses of the Sea: Fishing 120
7 Aspects of Overcoming Freshwater Constraints 151
8 Genetic Resources 174
Annexe 3: Forestry and Biodiversity 191
9 Shortcomings of Ecology, with Special Reference to Diversity Patterns and Processes 195
10 Science and its Shortcomings in Environmental Management: The Social Angle 209
11 Learning to Survive with The Biosphere 244
12 The Management of Environmental Information 253
Annexe 4: Education and Environment: A View from Least-developed Countries 268
13 The Human Population Problem: As Explosive as Ever? 270
14 Population and Environment in Perspective: The Mediterranean Picture 282
15 Human Instability and the Release of Dangerous Forces 307
Annexe 5.1: Environmental Security for the Horn of Africa 327
Annexe 5.2: Threats to Environmental Security in the Horn of Africa: The Somali Case 341
Annexe 5.3: Environmental Security for the Horn of Africa: An Overview 354
16 Ecological Economics and the Environmental Future 363
Annexe 6: The Environment in a Socialist Economy: The Case of Hungary 391
17 Needed Behavioural Change: Steps Towards Environmental Security 397
18 Needed Socio-Political Change 428
Annexe 7: New Trends in Soviet Environmental Policy 448
19 Law, Morals, and The Biosphere 467
20 Transnational Governance 500
21 The Third Baer-Huxley Memorial Lecture: Building an Environmental Institutional Framework for the Future 518
Annexe 8: An Intervention on the Environment 533
22 Looking to the Future 535
Epilogue: The Budapest Imperative on Surviving With The Biosphere 546
Appendix 1: Our International Conferences on Environmental Future: A Micro-history of the First Twenty Years 548
Appendix 2: List of Participants with their Preferred Addresses 554
Appendix 3: Acronyms in the Text 561
Index of Contributors 563
General Index 565
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