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xviii, 522 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.).
  • Human Ecological Sustainability Introduction Is It Possible to Model Human Ecological Sustainability? Why Human Sustainability Is a Complex Issue Chapter Summary Review of Complexity and Complex Systems Introduction to Complexity Human Responses to Complexity Signal Flow Graphs and Mason's Rule Modularity Chapter Summary Multidimensional Challenges to Human Sustainability Introduction The Challenge of Population Growth Global Warming Water and Sustainability Bees, Pollination, and Food Crops Species Size Reduction Due to Habitat Warming: Another Challenge to Our Food Supply FF Energy and Sustainability Chapter Summary Mitigations of Human Impacts through Technology Introduction Biofuels Desalination Carbon-Free Energy Sources Carbon-Neutral Energy Sources Energy Storage Means Fusion Power Nuclear Energy Carbon Capture and Storage Water Vapor Engineering Energy Efficiency Chapter Summary Sustainable Agriculture Introduction Animal Husbandry: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Industrial Agriculture Loss of Genetic Diversity Genetically Modified Organisms Sustainable Agriculture Can Sustainable Agriculture Feed the World? Competition for Cropland Chapter Summary Unconventional Foods: Insects, Plankton, Fungi, and In Vitro Meat Introduction Nutritional Value of Insects Can Insects Be Farmed? Plankton as a Source of Human Food Fungi: Food and More Food from Tissue Culture Using Animal Stem Cells Chapter Summary Complex Economic Systems and Sustainability Introduction to Economic Systems Basic Economics-- Steady-State S&D Introduction to ABMs and Simulations of Economic and Other Complex Systems Economic Challenges to Human Sustainability Chapter Summary Application of Complex Systems Thinking to Solve Ecological Sustainability Problems Introduction Dorner's Approaches to Tackling Complex Problems Frederic Vester's "Paper Computer" Sensitivity Model of Vester Can We Learn From Our Mistakes? Chapter Summary What Will Happen to Us? FAQs on Sustainability Introduction Will Technology Sustain Us? FAQs Concerning Sustainability Chapter Summary Glossary Bibliography and Recommended Reading Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781466565135 20160612
Complex Systems is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to the collective behaviors of the system, and how the system interacts with its environment. This book examines the complex systems involved in environmental sustainability, and examines the technologies involved to help mitigate human impacts, such as renewable energy, desalination, carbon capture, recycling, etc. It considers the relationships and balance between environmental engineering and science, economics, and human activity, with regard to sustainability.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781466565135 20160612


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