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The Principles of Sustainability

By: Simon Dresner

200 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Jul 2008 | Edition: 2 | #173522 | ISBN-13: 9781844074969
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At a time of increasingly rapid environmental deterioration and climate change, sustainability is one of the most important issues facing the world. Can we create a sustainable society? What would that mean? How should we set about doing it? How can we bring about such a profound change in the way things are organized? This text tackles these questions directly. It covers: historical development of the concept of sustainability; contemporary debates about how to achieve it; and obstacles and the prospects for overcoming them.

This new fully revised edition covers the latest on the climate change front, particularly the advances in scientific understanding and political awareness of climate change. Other updates include more recent economic analyses, particularly the Stern Report, and an examination of the global shift away from faith in markets and towards statism over the past five years.

* 'An entertaining, informative and sometimes downright irreverent romp through the ragged peaks and swampy hinterland of sustainability, Dresner's book deserves to be read by students, practitioners and aficionados of sustainable development alike' Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey * 'The author has worked arduously and consciously in handling the central theme of sustainability, from a measured distance. He has been careful not to vent his opinion over others. In the bargain, the text becomes pregnant with information on the subjects of development, economic growth and power politics, which is quite understandable given the scope of the theme' Tourism Recreation Research * 'A great refresher course for those already somewhat familiar with the ideas. It's very thorough, describing the crucial events, introducing the necessary jargon, summarizing the various points of view' Clean Slate


Introduction * Part I: Past * Progress and its Discontents * From Muir to Meadows * Sustainability Emerging * From Rio to Kyoto and Later Disappointments * Part Two: Present * What Does i? Sustainable Developmenti? Mean? * Taking Sustainability into Economics * i? Putting a Price on the Planeti? * The Ethics of Sustainability * Part Three: Future * The End of Sustainability? * Index

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Simon Dresner is a research fellow in the Environment Group at the Policy Studies Institute, UK.

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