As the human population continues to grow and places increasing demands on the planet we inhabit we face the biggest challenge of our time: how can we exploit the natural resources available to us be it for water, food, or energy in a way that preserves the environment, and doesn't compromise its long-term future.
Environment, Development and Sustainability represents an examination of these three integrated issues that form the main ongoing challenge of this century. Looking beyond developing countries, this book presents examples from around the globe, reflecting the way that development is not a finished state: North America, the EU countries and Australasia continue to develop (and conversely have pockets of awful deprivation), and environment, development and sustainability are as much intertwined in these regions as elsewhere in the world.
With contributions from technologists, engineers, natural scientists and social scientists Environment, Development and Sustainability presents multiple perspectives on the issue of sustainable development.
SECTION A INTRODUCTION; 1. Making the connections between environment, development, and sustainability; SECTION B LEARNING FROM THE LOCAL; 2. The challenge for environment, development and sustainability in China; 3. Rural development and environment in Uganda; 4. Traditional and modern (or improved) rural water supplies: stories from Ethiopia and Niger; 5. The souvenirs of communism: missed opportunities for sustainable development innovations in the enlarged European Union?; 6. Sustainable transport systems: learning from Cuba; 7. At the coal face in Australia: the youth climate movement; 8. Social dynamics of the US environmental challenge; 9. Looking beyond the visible: contesting environmental agendas for Mumbai's slums; SECTION C MAJOR THEMES IN ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY; 10. Climate Change: causes and consequences; 11. Can ecosystems be managed sustainably? Biodiversity and tropical forests; 12. Managing conservation and development in Scotland and Uganda; 13. Managing water for sustainable development across international boundaries: the Rhine river basin; 14. Municipal waste management and the environmental health challenge: a tale of two cities; 15. Environment, inequality, and the internal contradictions of globalization; 16. Environmental ethics and development; SECTION D ACTION FOR ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY; 17. Local governance and sustainable development in Wales: making a difference?; 18. Cities and climate change: leading to a low carbon London; 19. Exploring participation in science, technology and innovation: tissue-culture bananas in Kenya; 20. Designing for sustainability; 21. Corporate responsibility in practice: building an eco-city from scratch; 22. Innovative partnerships for sustainable development in Harare, Zimbabwe; 23. Community-led sustainable development: the champion approach; 24. Why involve the public? Case studies of public involvement in environmental initiatives in South Africa; 25. Tools and techniques for environmental decision making; SECTION E CONCLUSION; 26. Scientific, social science and technological approaches to understanding environmental change; 27. Conclusion