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xix, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: Sustainability - seeking clarity in the mist 1. The 'old' sustainability: A story of listening and harmony 2. The 1960s to the present: Key conferences and statements 3. Rise of the 'new' sustainability - the weak and the strong 4. Economic sustainability - Coming to grips with endless growth 5. Ecological sustainability - essential but overlooked 6. Social sustainability - Utopian dream or practical path to change? 7. Overpopulation and overconsumption 8. Worldview and ethics in 'sustainability' 9. An unsustainable denial 10. Appropriate technology for sustainability 11. Solutions for sustainability.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138812697 20160618
What is sustainability? Much has been said about the terms 'sustainability' and 'sustainable development' over the last few decades, but they have become buried under academic jargon. This book is one of the first that aims to demystify sustainability so that the layperson can understand the key issues, questions and values involved. Accessible and engaging, the book examines the 'old' sustainability of the past and looks to the future, considering how economic, ecological and social sustainability should be defined if we are to solve the entwined environmental, economic and social crises. It considers if meaningful sustainability is the same as a 'sustainable development' based on endless growth, examining the difficult but central issues of overpopulation and overconsumption that drive unsustainability. The book also explores the central role played by society's worldview and ethics, along with humanity's most dangerous characteristic - denial. Finally, it looks to the future, discussing the 'appropriate' technology needed for sustainability, and suggesting nine key solutions. This book provides a much-needed comprehensive discussion of what sustainability means for students, policy makers and all those interested in a sustainable future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138812697 20160618
Green Library
xvi, 162 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Foreword Paul Ehrlich 1. Energy is life 2. The great cycles 3. Ecosystem services - essential but overlooked 4. Collapse 5. Psychological and spiritual dependency on Nature 6. The great divide - anthropocentrism vs. Ecocentrism 7. Dealing with denial 8. Do we have a problem? 9. Solutions to keep our roots in the Earth.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415632584 20160609
Humanity is dependent on Nature to survive, yet our society largely acts as if this is not the case. The energy that powers our very cells, the nutrients that make up our bodies, the ecosystem services that clean our water and air; these are all provided by the Nature from which we have evolved and of which we are a part. This book examines why we deny or ignore this dependence and what we can do differently to help solve the environmental crisis. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Haydn Washington provides an excellent overview of humanity's relationship with Nature. The book looks at energy flow, nutrient cycling, ecosystem services, ecosystem collapse as well as exploring our psychological and spiritual dependency on nature. It also examines anthropocentrism and denial as causes of our unwillingness to respect our inherent dependence on the natural environment. The book concludes by bringing these issues together and providing a framework for solutions to the environmental crisis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415632584 20160609
Green Library
xviii, 174 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Denial and the Nature of Science. What is Denial? Science - Uncertainty and the 'Preponderance of Evidence' 2. Climate Science. Probability. 'Forcing'. Natural and Human-caused Greenhouse Effect. The Carbon Cycle. Feedback. Runaway Climate Change. Is there a Safe Level of CO2? The Spinning 'Greenhouse Gamble' Roulette Wheel. So What? Is There Really a Problem? New Factors Emerging 3. The Five Types of Climate Change Denial Arguments. Conspiracy Theories. 'Climategate'. Fake Experts. 'There is No Scientific Consensus'. Impossible Expectations. 'Climate Models are Unreliable'. Misrepresentations and Logical Fallacies. 'Climate's Changed in the Past'. Cherry Picking. 'Temperature Measurements are Unreliable'. 'Global Warming Stopped in 1998'. 'The Hockey Stick was Broken'. 'It's the Sun'. 'Global Warming is Good' 4. The History of Denial. The Long History of Denial. Heaven and Earth 5. Do We Let Denial Prosper? Fear of Change. Failure in Values. Fixation on Economics and Society. Ignorance about Ecology and Exponential Growth. Gambling on the Future. The Media Despair, Apathy and Confusion. Denial within our Governments. Psychological Types of Denial 6. Rolling Back Denial - the Big Picture. Because We Let it. What Stops us Accepting Reality? Population. The Tragedy of the Commons Continues. How do you Go About Solving Climate Change? Changing our Economy. Getting the Message Across. Adapt or Mitigate? Sustainability Market and Civic Environmentalism Approaches. A Farewell to Coal 7. Rolling Back Denial - the Technological Solutions. Technologies - Appropriate and Inappropriate. Renewable Energy. Is Nuclear Power the Way Out? Is Carbon Capture and Storage the Solution? Summary and Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781849713368 20160605
Humans have always used denial. When we are afraid, guilty, confused, or when something interferes with our self-image, we tend to deny it. Yet denial is a delusion. When it impacts on the health of oneself, or society, or the world it becomes a pathology. Climate change denial is such a case. Paradoxically, as the climate science has become more certain, denial about the issue has increased. The paradox lies in the denial. There is a denial industry funded by the fossil fuel companies that literally denies the science, and seeks to confuse the public. There is denial within governments, where spin-doctors use 'weasel words' to pretend they are taking action. However there is also denial within most of us, the citizenry. We let denial prosper and we resist the science. Climate Change Denial explains the social science behind denial. It contains a detailed examination of the principal climate change denial arguments, from attacks on the integrity of scientists, to impossible expectations of proof and certainty to the cherry picking of data. Climate change can be solved - but only when we cease to deny that it exists. This book shows how we can break through denial, accept reality, and thus solve the climate crisis. It will engage scientists, university students, climate change activists as well as the general public seeking to roll back denial and act.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781849713368 20160605
Green Library
xxiv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Foreword: Setting Things Straight for the Steady State Brian Czech Introduction: Why the growth economy is broken Haydn Washington Section 1: Population - The heresy of numbers 1. A population perspective on the steady state economy Herman Daly 2. Population - better not bigger Ian Lowe 3. Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion Robert Engelman 4. Choosing a Planet of Life Eileen Crist Section 2: Throughput and consumerism - a key elephant in the room 5. Re-engineering Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization Erik Assadourian 6. Sustainable business - what should it be? Circular economy and the 'business of subversion' Helen Kopnina 7. Peak Mining - stepping down from high resource use Simon Michaux Section 3: Key aspects of a steady state economy 8. What is the steady state economy? James Magnus-Johnston 9. The Physical Pathway to a Steady-State Economy Graham Turner 10. Relating the steady state economy to the circular, blue and green economies Paul Twomey and Haydn Washington 11. The relationship between SSE and economic stability, social equity and ecological sustainability Frank Stilwell 12. The Genuine Progress Indicator: An indicator to guide the transition to a steady-state economy Phillip Lawn 13. Capitalism and the Steady State: Uneasy Bedfellows Joshua Farley Section 4: Ethics and a 'message from the future' 14. Sustainable Development vs. Sustainable Biosphere Holmes Rolston 15. 'Message from the future' Geoff Mosley Section 5: Policy for change 16. Degrowth as a transition strategy Robert Perey 17. Strategies for transition to a 'future beyond growth' Mark Diesendorf Conclusion: The endless growth myth - simplicity and complexity Haydn Washington and Paul Twomey.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138953024 20170626
There is a fundamental denial at the centre of why we have an environmental crisis - a denial that ignores that endless physical growth on a finite planet is impossible. Nature provides the ecosystem services that support our civilisation, thus making humanity unavoidably dependent upon it. However, society continues to ignore and deny this dependence. A Future Beyond Growth explores the reason why the endless growth economy is fundamentally unsustainable and considers ways in which society can move beyond this to a steady state economy. The book brings together some of the deepest thinkers from around the world to consider how to advance beyond growth. The main themes consider the deep problems of the current system and key aspects of a steady state economy, such as population; throughput and consumerism; ethics and equity; and policy for change. The policy section and conclusion bring together these various themes and indicates how we can move past the growth economy to a truly sustainable future. This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of economics, sustainability and environmental studies in general.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138953024 20170626
Green Library


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