Sustainability Unpacked: Food, Energy and Water for Resilient Environments and Societies

Sustainability Unpacked: Food, Energy and Water for Resilient Environments and Societies

by Kristiina Vogt, Toral Patel-Weynand, Maura Shelton, Daniel J Vogt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844079007

ISBN-13: 9781844079001

Pub. Date: 10/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book examines and decodes some of the basic elements of sustainability; food, water and energy. Current resource uses and human development strategies are discussed that can help maintain resilient environments and societies at a country level. It explores how a range of countries make decisions regarding their energy and bio-resource consumption and procurement

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This book examines and decodes some of the basic elements of sustainability; food, water and energy. Current resource uses and human development strategies are discussed that can help maintain resilient environments and societies at a country level. It explores how a range of countries make decisions regarding their energy and bio-resource consumption and procurement and how these choices impact not only their societies and environments, but the world in general.

Sustainability Unpacked reviews the merits of various sustainability and environmental metrics and applies these to 27 countries that are ranked low, medium or high on the human development index. It assesses their resource capacities and the environmental impacts, both within and outside their country boundaries, from consuming food, water, and energy. It explores how well the available country-level indices enlighten us regarding our ability to accurately measure the continued sustainability of food, water, and energy for future generations. The authors discuss both the commonality and uniqueness of several countries' food, water, and energy stories as a process to identify the links between resource uses and sustainability at a country level. The final section uses the lessons derived from the earlier analyses of resource consumption to explore the importance of geography, climates and sustainable management of forests and other natural resources for building resilient societies in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844079001
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

PART 1: From the Beginning
1. Sustainability - Clues for Positive Societal and Ecosystem Change
2. Learning From the Past: Why Societies Collapsed or Survived

PART 2: Scientific Approach to Decoding Sustainability
3. Today: Decoding Country Resource Stories

PART 3: The Real Country Stories
4. Fossil Energy and Mitigating Carbon Dioxide Emissions Strategies
5. Forests - the Backbone and Circulatory System for Human Societies
6. The Soil and Water Connection to Food: Adapt, Mitigate, or Die

PART 4. Climate and Soils: Unavoidable Constraints To Solar Capital
7. The Future: Climate Change as a Global Driver Impacting Sustainability
8. Where the Past and Future meet: Soils or the Unseen Earth that Nurtures Societies
9. The Ultimate Constraint to Human Sustainability: Solar Income

PART 5. Societies Adapt To a Quagmire of Resource Choices
10. Debunking Sustainability Myths
11. Portfolio for Managing Natural and Human Capital
12. Sustainable Ecosystems: Investments in Human and Natural Capital

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