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Author Vogt, Kristiina A

Title Sustainability unpacked : food, energy and water for resilient environments and societies / Kristiina A. Vogt [and others]

Publ Info London ; Washington, DC : Earthscan, [2010]
 J&W-Charlotte  GF78 .V64 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  GF78 .V64 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxi, 305 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Contents Sustainability: clues for positive societal and ecosystem change -- Learning from the past: why societies collapsed or survived -- Today: decoding country resource stories -- Fossil energy endowments and externalities -- Forests: the backbone and circulatory system for human societies -- The soil and water connection to food: adapt, mitigate or die -- The future: climate change as a global driver impacting sustainability -- Where the past and future meet: soils or the unseen earth that nurtures societies -- The ultimate constraint to human sustainability: solar income -- Debunking sustainability myths -- Portfolio for managing natural and human capital -- Sustainable ecosystems: investments in human and natural capital -- Final thoughts on sustainability unpacked
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"Food, water and energy form some of the basic elements of sustainability considerations. This ground-breaking book examines and decodes these elements, exploring how a range of countries make decisions regarding their energy and bio-resource consumption and procurement. The authors consider how these choices impact not only the societies and environments of those countries, but the world in general
To achieve this, the authors review the merits of various sustainability and environmental metrics, and then apply these to 34 countries that are ranked low, medium or high on the human development index. The book assesses their resource capacities and the environmental impacts, both within and outside their country boundaries, from consuming food, water, and energy. The final section uses the lessons derived from the earlier analyses of resource consumption to explore the importance of geography, climates and sustainable management of forests and other natural resources for building resilient societies in the future."--pub. desc
LC subject Sustainable living
Environmental responsibility
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