Economy & Ecology: Towards Sustainable Development

Economy & Ecology: Towards Sustainable Development

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After a period of relative silence, recent years have been marked by an upswing of interest in environmental issues. The publication of the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development on 'Our Common Future' (1987) has acted as a catalyst for a revival of the environmental awareness, not only regarding local and daily pollution problems, but also -and in particular- regarding global environmental decay and threats to a sustainable development. In a recent study by W.M. Stigliani et al., on 'Future Environments for Europe' (Executive Rep~rt 15, IIASA, Laxenburg, 1989) the environmental implications of various alternative socioeconomic development pathways with respect to eleven environmental issues that could become major problems in the future are analysed. These issues include: Managing water resources in an era of climate change. Acidification of soils and lakes in Europe. Long-term forestry management and the possibility of a future shortfall in wood supply. Areas of Europe marginalized by mainstream economic and agricultural development. Sea level rise. Chemical pollution of coastal waters. Toxic materials buildup and the potential for chemical time bombs. Non-point-source emissions of potentially toxic substances. Transportation growth versus air quality. Decreasing multi-functionally of land owing to urban and suburban land development. Increasing summer demand for electricity, and the impact on air quality.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 22.1mm | 684.94g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1989 ed.
  • XII, 348 p.
  • 0792304772
  • 9780792304777

Table of contents

1. The Challenge of Sustainable Development.- 2. `Our Common Future', Sustaining the Momentum.- 3. Ecological Sustainability and Economic Development.- 4. Towards Sustainable Development: an Environmental Perspective.- 5. Steady-State and Growth Concepts for the Next Century.- 6. Externalities: Economics & Thermodynamics.- 7. Ecological Modernization of Industrial Society Three Strategic Elements.- 8. Economics versus Ecology.- 9. An Assessment of Environmental Progress: the Reason for Failure.- 10. Comprehensive Social Assessment: an Essential Instrument for Environmental Policy-Making.- 11. Environmental Quality in a New System of Social Accounts.- 12. Multicriteria Analysis: a Decision Support System for Sustainable Environmental Management.- 13. Social Cost Benefit Analysis and Soil Erosion.- 14. Environmental Policy in Relation to Territorial Distribution and Productive Activities.- 15. Physical Planning and Environmental Protection in the Long Term.- 16. Four Important Changes in the American Approach to Environmental Regulation.- 17. Economic Growth and Environmental Change in Japan; Net National Welfare Beyond.- 18. Comparative Analysis of Environmental Policies.
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Review quote

.`This book is well-designed and laid out and will serve well any reader who wants to come up to speed on this issue area. ... includes outstanding bibliographic material ... Many ideas will come to readers, making the heuristic value of the collection one of its major assets. ... it is a timely and a valuable piece that is worth reading to understanding the multiple goals we face as we go into the second environmental decade.'
Water Resources Bulletin, 26:3
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About F. Archibugi

Professor Dr P. Nijkamp has received the 1996 Spinoza Award, an annual award to honour outstanding scientific merit and to stimulate innovative future research.
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