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xxvi, 131 p.
In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy. Wessels explains his theory with his three Laws of Sustainability: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in material and energy usage. Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the Laws of Sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in the Myth of Progress's disregard for the Laws of Sustainability, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781584654957 20160612
Book
viii, 362 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
xv, 320 p. : map ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Ignorance, Ecology and Policy - S.R Dovers, T.W Norton and J.W Handmer 2. Challenges to Ecosystem Management - T.W Norton 3. Bioregional Approaches to Conservation - Nels Johnson, Kenton Miller and Marta Miranda 4. Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Creating Institutions for Ecosystem Management - Lee Breckenridge 5. Limitless Land and Limited Knowledge - John Woinarski and Freya Dawson 6. Global Warming - Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen 7. Sustainability and Global Fisheries - Martijn Wilder and Rosemary Rayfuse 8. Sustainability, Uncertainty and Environmental Policy - Michael Harte and Janet Gough 9. Fire and Biodiversity - Jane Williams 10. Wetlands - Paul Adam 11. Acid Rain and Critical Loads - Andy Tickle 12. Uncertainty, Epistemic Communities and Public Policy - K.Walker 13. Managing Ecosystems for Sutainability - J.W.Handmer, S.R.Dovers and T.W.Norton.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780130161215 20160527
A broad and comprehensive exploration of the role of the ecological sciences in sustainability for undergraduates.The urgent quest for more sustainable patterns of development has placed new and difficult demands on both scientists and policy makers as they seek to establish more informed and effective policy processes and management regimes in the the face of pervasive uncertainty. Written by an international group of authors from a range of disciplines - ecology, geography, law, policy analysis and others - the chapters explore issues of scientific legitimacy, public participation, non-governmental organisations, inter-sectoral communication and pragmatic public policy across a wide range of ecosystem management contexts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780130161215 20160527
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xv, 155 p. ; 21 cm.
  • The myth of control : complex versus linear systems
  • The myth of growth : limits and sustainability
  • The myth of energy : the second law of thermodynamics
  • The myth of the free market : the loss of diversity, democracy, and economic resiliency
  • The myth of progress : a need for cultural change
  • Epilogue : from consumption to connection.
In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy. Wessels explains his theory with his three laws of sustainability: (1) the law of limits to growth, (2) the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and (3) the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by Western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in both material and energy usage. Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the laws of sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in a disregard for the laws of sustainability that is based on the myth of progress, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781611684162 20160611
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xi, 162 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm.
  • 1. Assessment methods
  • 2. El Maghara ecosystems, trends, conditions and impacts
  • 3. Local knowledge: a valuable resource
  • 4. El Maghara scenarios: alternative images of the future
  • Policy responses: moving toward sustainability.
Green Library
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159 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
vii, 272 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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36 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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x, 367 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • General Overview.- What is Life?- Ecology of Organisms with Different Body Sizes.- Ecology of Locomotive Animals.- Ecological Principles of Biotic Regulation.- Biotic Regulation in Action.- Energy and Information.- Unique Nature of Climate Stability on Earth.- Genetic Bases of Biotic Regulation and Life Stability: Theoretical Consideration.- Genetic Bases of Biotic Regulation and Life Stability: Analysis of Empirical Evidence.- Evolution.- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781852331818 20160528
It is not possible to understand the apparent stability of the Earth's climate and environment unless we can fully understand how the best possible environmental conditions may be maintained for life to exist. Human colonization of areas with natural biota, for industrial or agricultural activities, will lead to degradation of those natural communities and violation of the BRE (biotic regulation of the environment) principle. Thus, to maintain an environment on Earth that is suitable for life it is necessary to preserve and allow the natural recovery of natural biotic communities, both in the oceans and on land. This book is devoted to a quantitative version of the BRE concept, and is built on a foundation of modern scientific knowledge accumulated in the fields of physics and biology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781852331818 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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x, 279 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
  • 1. Introduction-- J. Lemons, L. Westra. Conceptual dimensions of integrity. 2. Ecosystem integrity and sustainability: the foundational value of the wild-- L. Westra. 3. Ecological integrity: reclaiming lost connections-- J.R. Karr, E.W. Chu. 4. Embracing complexity: the challenge of the ecosystem approach-- J.J. Kay, E. Schneider. 5. Ecological integrity and sustainability: buzzwords in conflict? R.F. Noss. 6. Ecosystem integrity: a causal necessity-- R.E. Ulanowicz. 7. Ecosystem integrity in a context of ecostudies as related to the Great Lakes region-- H.A. Regier. 8. Universal environmental sustainability and the principle of integrity-- R. Goodland, H. Daly. Integrity: science, ethics, and policy. 9. Hard ecology, soft ecology, and ecosystem integrity-- K. Shrader-Frechette. 10. Science for the post normal age-- S.O. Funtowicz, J.R. Ravetz. 11. The value of integrity-- M. Sagoff. Case studies and practical consequences of applying integrity. 12. Ecological integrity and national parks-- J. Lemons. 13. The importance of landscape in ecosystem integrity: the example of Everglades restoration efforts-- D.M. Flemming, et al. 14. Integrity, sustainability, biodiversity and forestry-- P. Miller. 15. The global population, food, and the environment-- D. Pimentel. 16. Sustainable development and economic growth-- J.E. Reichart, P.H. Werhane. 17. Ethical obligations of multinational corporations to the global environment: the McDonald's Corporation and conservation-- J.D. Nations, et al.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780792337348 20160528
Concepts of ecological integrity have recently been proposed to facilitate enhanced protection of biological and ecological resources against the threat of human activities. The promotion of ecological integrity as a basis for public policy and decision-making stems from scientists and others concerned about the threats of human activities to ecosystems and species, and from philosophers attempting to derive a more suitable ethic to guide the relationships between humans and the non-human environment. Although ecological integrity has been proposed as a norm for public policy and decision making, the concept is relatively new and therefore the underlying scientific and philosophical rationales have not been fully developed.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780792337348 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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viii, 142 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Green Library
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xii, 293 p., 10 p. of plates : ill., col. maps ; 31 cm.
East Asia Library

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