441 pages, 83 illus
The objective of this book is to critically evaluate current scientific work on defining the issue of sustainability and on measuring progress towards a sustainable state. It aims to provide a common understanding of how progress towards sustainability can be achieved by optimising technological development, environmental impact and socio-economic factors. A further objective is to identify the major trends in methodologies that assist progress towards sustainability.
From the reviews: "This book encompasses three main topics: Framing the Issue of Sustainability, Sustainable Pathways and Sustainable Metrics. ! This book should serve as a resource for science-based knowledge for future researchers and policy-makers, and as a catalyst for collaboration among interested experts from various disciplines. In this sense, the effort of this book may indeed be significant." (Giancarlo Barbiroli, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, July, 2006)
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