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Sustainability models for a better world

Author: Kanayathu Koshy
Publisher: Netherlands : Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2018.
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The last two centuries have seen extraordinary technological and economic advances. This growth has come at a cost - that of a rapidly degrading environment. Pollution, resource depletion, and climate change threaten human civilization. The current governance structures do too little too slow. In a planet with finite resources, this is not sustainable. We must act and act now to avert a catastrophe waiting to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kanayathu Koshy
ISBN: 9789086868742 9086868746
OCLC Number: 1051770863
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Intro; Table of contents; Preface; Introduction; Section A. Understanding sustainability; This section is designed to help readers learn about sustainable development, become interested in it, and be inclined to pursue it.; Chapter 1. Sustainability: the Triple Bottom Line model; Chapter 2. The Strong Sustainability model; Chapter 3. The State-Pressure-Response model; Chapter 4. The Two Arrows model; Chapter 5. The Stacked Stones model; Chapter 6. The Planetary Boundaries model; Chapter 7. The Doughnut model; Chapter 8. The 'Two-Bridge' model for the technology-ethics dilemma Chapter 9. Corporate social responsibilityChapter 10. The Tetrahedral model for education for sustainable development; Chapter 11. The Poverty Alleviation model; Chapter 12. Scientific assessment bodies: IPCC for climate change; Section B. Mainstreaming sustainability; This section is designed to help readers plan for action to promote sustainable development and to strengthen their willingness and commitment to be active in the field.; Chapter 13. Sustainability science and Pasteur's Quadrant; Chapter 14. The iceberg model and system thinking for sustainable development Chapter 15. The SD-ESD modelChapter 16. The WEHAB+3 model; Chapter 17. The 'University in a garden' model; Chapter 18. The 'Humaniversity'; Chapter 19. The Satu USM (1 USM) model; Chapter 20. Integrated waste management; Chapter 21. A green economy for green jobs and poverty eradication; Chapter 22. The Integrated REDD+ Model; Chapter 23. A climate change financing framework; Chapter 24. Science-policy interaction; Section C. Implementing sustainability; This section is about how to 'do' sustainable development, that is, how to execute projects that will produce results. Chapter 25. Sustainability challenges: the problem circleChapter 26. Sustainability challenges: the solution circle; Chapter 27. The DRM-SD model; Chapter 28. A bell-curve model for residual risk; Chapter 29. Risk reduction for resilience building; Chapter 30. Variability, change and adaptation; Chapter 31. Integrated climate response; Chapter 32. Community-based climate adaptation; Chapter 33. The Rio Process; Chapter 34. Sustainable consumption and production; Chapter 35. Renewable Energy; Chapter 36. A reflective approach to sustainability implementation Section D. Monitoring sustainabilityThis section is about the vital work of checking, assessing and measuring sustainability conditions; Chapter 37. SAM for SD content monitoring; Chapter 38. SWOT analysis; Chapter 39. Risk Assessment Methodology (RAM); Chapter 40. Output, outcome and impact; Chapter 41. Criteria and standards-based assessment; Chapter 42. Niche identification for relevance; Chapter 43. Star plots and traffic-light plots; Chapter 44. Multilateral environmental agreements harmonization
Responsibility: Kanayathu C. Koshy.

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The last two centuries have seen extraordinary technological and economic advances. This growth has come at a cost - that of a rapidly degrading environment. Pollution, resource depletion, and climate change threaten human civilization. The current governance structures do too little too slow. In a planet with finite resources, this is not sustainable. We must act and act now to avert a catastrophe waiting to happen. But where do we start? 'Sustainability models for a better world' gives simple and elegant answers. Illustrative models form the basis of its 55 chapters. Each chapter only 3-4 pages in length, written in newspaper or magazine style language, this book will help to understand sustainability, plan action, implement, monitor progress and continue best practices. A simple approach in five steps will make things happen: 1. create a working model to understand and internalize sustainability; 2. break up big problems into smaller contributory causes and work back for solutions; 3. go for progressive risk reduction and resilience enhancement; 4. monitor change and be mindful of planetary limits; and 5. replicate best practices to promote green growth. The sustainability paradigm and its pathway, sustainable development, are more than the environment, it involves the economy and society. We need to maintain this balance. The ability to sustain stability seems to define sustainability. The book is written for a broad audience: students, teachers, universities, civil society, governments and quasi government organizations.

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