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Goals and Conditions for a Sustainable World
(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.
The Globalization of Homo sapiens
(Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences, 2008)
Homo sapiens began as a small-group species 160,000 years ago and remained tribal until the Agricultural Revolution about 10,000 years ago. Exponential growth began at that time and accelerated during the Industrial ...
Lifeboat Ethics - To Sink, Or Not To Sink: That Is The Question
(Virginia Tech, 2006)
Hardin s lifeboat metaphor simplifies the issues involved in living on a finite planet with finite resources. If humankind hopes to remain on Earth for many generations, then humans need to understand and cope with the ...
The Future Eaters
(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 ...
Cast Changes on the Ecological Stage of Earth's Evolutionary Theater
(Virginia Tech, 2009)
Change has been the Earth s most notable feature for the past 4 billion years. Earth has already passed two ecological tipping points with the acidification of the oceans and the melting glaciers and ice sheets, both caused ...
The End of Contagious Optimism and Denial
(Virginia Tech, 2008)
The term tipping point was coined in the field of epidemiology to explain the concept that small changes will have little or no effect on a system until a specific critical mass is reached. Once this pint is reached, any ...
Transitions: Speculative Futures for Homo sapiens
(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 ...
Contextual Disparities in Pro-life Positions
(Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences, 2009)
Human thought processes are contextual, so humans assimilate new information and ideas best when they can be associated with familiar contexts. Human population size and Earth s carrying capacity for humans are rarely ...
(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 ...
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 ...