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(International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 2007)
Humankind is dependent upon Earth s ecological life support system, whose well-being, in turn, depends upon the practices of human society. The health of both systems requires harmonious, mutualistic interactions between ...
Sustainability Ethics: Zero Net Immigration
(The Social Contract, 2004)
In this age, large demographic shifts will have many negative effects on the quest towards sustainability. Any rate of growth that results in an overall population gain is unsustainable. Therefore, immigration must be ...
Eco-Ethics and Sustainability Ethics
(Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 2004)
This book is part two of a collection of John Cairns, Jr's papers and articles highlighting the importance of eco-ethics and sustainability ethics in protecting the biospheric life support system.
Planetary Sustainability the Age of Transition to Sustainablility: The End of the Exponential Growth Period
(Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, 2005)
Arguably, no curve in the world increases indefinitely--- certainly no growth curve of human society. The quest for sustainable use of the planet involves estimating levels of activity, particularly resource use, that can ...
Garrett Hardin: 21 April 1915- 14 September 2003
(American Philosophical Society, 2005)
Nearly three decades before the concept of sustainable development reached an international audience, Garrett Hardin combined the study of economics, resource allocation, environmental studies, ecology, and political science ...
Can Humans Respond to a Long-term Shortage of Renewable Resources
(Virginia Tech, 2011)
If humanity wishes to continue to do business as usual, it must learn to adapt to the consequences of climate change and the decreased availability of renewable resources. Responding to rapid climate change will take the ...
King Midas and the Money Touch
(Virginia Tech, 2011)
King Midas is known in myths and legends as the king who wished that all he touched might become gold. Modern humans are just as greedy as King Midas. In their efforts to make a bigger profit, they are destroying the ...
Going, Going, Gone: The Fate of Low-Lying Islands and Estuaries
(Virginia Tech, 2009)
Garrett Hardin s lifeboat metaphor is used to illustrate the problems of overpopulation and finite resources. Sea levels are rising due to excess atmospheric greenhouse gases that melt glaciers and warm the oceans. With ...
Sustainability and Waste of Biospheric Resources are Incompatible
(Virginia Tech, 2010)
The quest for sustainable use of the planet is admirable, however the flagrant waste of biospheric resources overrides any efforts towards this goal. Although there is not single solution to achieve immediate sustainability, ...
Sustainable Development: The Two Decade Milestone
(Virginia Tech, 2007)
In the 20 years since Our Common Future was published, human population has grown exponentially, greenhouse gas emission has increased, hazardous materials increased, the number of species threatened by extinction has ...