ISBN-10:
052183533X
ISBN-13:
9780521835336
Pub. Date:
08/16/2010
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Sustainability: A Biological Perspective

Sustainability: A Biological Perspective

by Stephen Morse

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ISBN-13: 9780521835336
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steve Morse has been involved in sustainable development projects and research for 30 years. His research interests focus on the practical achievement of sustainability in development and natural resource management and he has been involved with such projects across the world, including a recent six-year study on agriculture in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Higher Education Academy and the Institute of Biology and a member of the Development Studies Association.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Sustainability: a word of our time 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Science and subjectivity 3

1.3 Roots of sustainability 9

1.4 Conclusion and structure of the book 16

2 Sustainable agriculture: more and more production 19

2.1 Introduction 19

2.2 Green is the colour of sustainability 23

2.3 Cropping systems and yield maximisation 28

2.4 The niche: completion and co-existence in cropping systems 42

2.5 Total factor productivity: a microcosm of sustainability 51

2.6 Enhancing TFP: genetic modification 60

2.7 Conclusion 66

3 Sustainable management of fisheries 68

3.1 Introduction 68

3.2 The enticing concept of maximum sustainable yield 69

3.3 Managing with the logistic curve: the Schaefer model 79

3.4 Applying the Schaefer model 85

3.5 Sustainability, chaos and strange attractors 92

3.6 Conclusion 100

4 Applying sustainability to industry 102

4.1 Introduction 102

4.2 Energy, emergy and exergy 105

4.3 Balancing inputs and outputs: material intensity 115

4.4 The Natural Steps: setting out rules for sustainability 122

4.5 Gaia: our saviour? 124

4.6 Corporate sustainability 132

4.7 Conclusion 139

5 Social and economic dimensions to sustainability 142

5.1 Introduction 142

5.2 Linking economics and environment 143

5.3 Environmental Kuznets curve: de-linking economic growth and environment impact? 155

5.4 Sustainable livelihoods 160

5.5 Conclusion 168

6 The 'doing' of sustainability 171

6.1 Introduction 171

6.2 Ecological footprint: the global repercussion of demand 172

6.3 Food miles 187

6.4 Sustainability indicators and indices 190

6.5 Participatory sustainability 199

6.6 Conclusion 206

7 Sustainability science? 208

7.1 Introduction: the territory 208

7.2 Making it matter: influencing lives 213

7.3 Challenges ahead: some conclusions 218

References 222

Index 246

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