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    • Goals and Conditions for a Sustainable World 

      Cairns, John (Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 2002)
      This book is a collection of John Cairns, Jr.'s papers, articles, and commentaries focusing primarily on goals and conditions needed to achieve the sustainable use of the planet.
    • Eco-Ethics and Sustainability Ethics 

      Cairns, John (Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 2003)
      This book is part one 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.
    • Lo numerico y la Sustentabilidad 

      Cairns, John (Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 2003)
      El uso sustentable del planeta se basa en el presupuesto de que la humanidad puede mantener las condiciones adecuadas para habitar el planeta indefinidamente. No hay evidencia robusta que apoye o niegue _sto y la evidencia ...
    • Taboos and Denials: Major Obstacles to Sustainable Use of the Planet 

      Cairns, John (Science and Society, 2004)
      A taboo is a (1) prohibition excluding something from use, approach, or mention because of its sacred and inviolable nature and (2) an object, work, or act protected by such a prohibition. Denial is a refusal to believe ...
    • You and Earth's Resources 

      Cairns, John (Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 2004)
      Earth is a finite planet with finite resources, so any decisions humankind makes in the beginning of the twenty-first century will affect the lives of not only the future generation but the current generation as well. The ...
    • Sustainability Ethics: Zero Net Immigration 

      Cairns, John (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 

      Cairns, John (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.
    • Sustained Emergencies 

      Cairns, John (International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 2005)
      Emergency situations require more resources than normal operations. If human society does not address environmental problems effectively before they reach the emergency stage, life from then on will be in a sustained ...
    • Can kindness and compassion survive a violent cutback in human population size? 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2005)
      The severity of the latest natural disasters and the increased probability of other major disruptions due to climate change mandate further examination of the consequences of such events on human society. Current unsustainable ...
    • Human Alteration of Evolutionary Processes 

      Cairns, John (Online Proceedings of the Symposium: The Future of Life and the Future of our Civilization, 2005)
      Soviet climaologist Budyko has remarked: _temperature and rainfall are the two major variables of life on Earth. Human society is changing both of these phenomena markedly, along with many other key variables that affect ...
    • Transitions: Speculative Futures for Homo sapiens 

      Cairns, John (Science and Society, 2005)
      The concept of sustainable use of the planet receives some attention, but very little interest has been shown in any system-level discussion about the transition from unsustainable to sustainable practices. The transition ...
    • Conversations About Sustainable Use of the Planet 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2005)
      Achieving sustainable use of the planet requires a consensus on a number of important issues at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Although some can be accomplished through the Internet, professional journals, ...
    • Sustainability Ethics and the 2st Century Human Lifestyle 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2005)
      Sustainability ethics is the developing effort to ascertain the prerequisites for sustainable use of the planet and also determines the environmental literacy level necessary to persuade people to live sustainably. However, ...
    • Planetary Sustainability the Age of Transition to Sustainablility: The End of the Exponential Growth Period 

      Cairns, John (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 ...
    • Social Action, Social Responsibility, and Secondary Sources of Environmental Information 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2005)
      It should be an expectation that scientists and intellectuals accept social responsibility. However, one obstacle to this goal is communicating basic messages of information generated by science professionals to the general ...
    • Garrett Hardin: 21 April 1915- 14 September 2003 

      Cairns, John (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 ...
    • The Global Tower of Babel 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2005)
      The key to long-term economic and social stability is the sustainable use of the planet. The Global Tower of Babel is such a formidable obstacle in achieving sustainable use of the planet that the barriers must be diminished. ...
    • Blowing Sunshine #3: Transforming Inconvenient Truths to Convenient Truths 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2006)
      The inconvenient truth of the matter is that an overwhelming majority of mainstream scientists accept the scientific evidence on global warming. Attempting to _blow sunshine on global warming is becoming increasingly ...
    • The Future Eaters 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2006)
      The 20% ecological overshoot in 2002 took 20% more natural resources than the Earth could regenerate. This overshoot is considered a measure of how humankind is _eating its future. Exceeding the planet s carrying capacity ...
    • Can the Cheap, Convenient, Readily Available Energy Party Continue 

      Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2006)
      Persuasive evidence indicates that oil supplies are peaking and therefore humans should expect for alternative fuels to play a major part in the future energy market.