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Sustainability science

Author: Bert J M De Vries
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Textbook surveys key issues of sustainability - energy, nature, agro-food, resources, economics - for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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De Vries, Bert J.M.
Sustainability Science.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bert J M De Vries
ISBN: 1139842331 9781139842334 9781107005884 1107005884 9780521184700 0521184703 9781283943512 1283943514
OCLC Number: 848702879
Description: 1 online resource (590 pages) : illustrations, maps (some colour)
Contents: Preface; 1 Introduction; 1.1 Roots; 1.2 Sustainability Science; 1.3 Sustainable Development Is About Quality of Life; 1.4 Guidelines for the Reader; Appendix 1.1 United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; 2 The System Dynamics Perspective; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The World Car System; 2.3 System Dynamics: The Basics; 2.3.1 What Is a System?; 2.3.2 Stocks and Flows; 2.3.3 Feedback Loops; 2.3.4 An Illustrative Simulation Experiment; 2.4 System Dynamics Modelling; 2.4.1 The Rules of the Game; 2.4.2 Archetypes; 2.4.3 An Example: Modelling Car and Public Transport Use. 2.5 Structure, Space and Time2.6 Summary Points; Appendix 2.1 Integral-Differential Calculus; 3 In Search of Sustainability: Past Civilisations; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The Beginnings: Two Environmental Tales; 2 The Hohokam People in Arizona2; 3 Easter Island3; 3.3 Emerging Social Complexity: State Formation; 3.3.1 Early Mesopotamia: Urban Centres and Their Elites; 3.3.2 Egypt: The Nile and Its Rhythms; 3.3.3 South Asia: The Indus-Sarasvati Civilisation; 3.3.4 The Aegean and Mesoamerica: The Role of Ecological Diversity; 3.4 Empires; 8 The Roman Empire8. 13 Other Empires: China, India and Russia133.5 Mechanisms, Theories and Models; 3.5.1 Mechanisms; 3.5.2 Theories and Models; 3.6 Summary Points; 4 The World in the Past 300 Years: The Great Acceleration; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 The World in the Last Three Centuries; 4.2.1 Accelerating Growth: Population and Economic Activity; 4.2.2 Social-Cultural Changes; 4.3 Accelerating Impacts: The Natural Environment; 4.3.1 The Source Side; 4.3.2 The Sink Side; 4.3.3 Experiencing Change; 4.4 Earth System Analysis: Regimes and Syndromes; 4.4.1 Social-Ecological Regimes; 14 Syndromes and Archetypes14. 4.5 Summary Points5 Sustainability: Concerns, Definitions, Indicators; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Global Change: The Scientific Worldview; 5.2.1 The Scientific Worldview: Earth; 5.2.2 The Scientific Worldview: Life; 5.2.3 The Scientific Worldview: Society; 5.3 Rising Concerns; 5 Early Concerns: Managing Common Inheritance5; 5.3.2 The Environmental Movement; 5.3.3 Our Common Future?; 5.4 The Notion of Sustainable Development; 5.4.1 Prelude: Categories of Goods and Services; 5.4.2 Interpretations and Definitions; 5.5 An Indicator Framework for Sustainable Development. 5.5.1 From Principle to Action: Indicators5.5.2 A Sustainable Development Indicator System (SDIS); 5.5.3 Quality-of-Life-Oriented and Aggregate SD-Indicators; 5.6 Summary Points; 6 Quality of Life: On Values, Knowledge and Worldviews; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Quality of Life and Values; 6.2.1 Needs and the Quality of Life; 6.2.2 Capabilities and Satisfiers; 6.2.3 Values and Their Measurement; 6.3 The Cultural Theory; 13 Stories from the Himalayas and Bali13; 6.3.2 The Four Perspectives of Cultural Theory; 6.4 Worldviews: Ways to See the World; 6.4.1 Values and Beliefs: Four Worldviews.
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