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Sustainability or Collapse?: An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (Dahlem Workshop Reports)

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Human history, as written traditionally, leaves out the important ecological and climate context of historical events. But the capability to integrate the history of human beings with the natural history of the Earth now exists, and we are finding that human-environmental systems are intimately linked in ways we are only beginning to appreciate. In Sustainability or Collapse?, researchers from a range of scholarly disciplines develop an integrated human and environmental history over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales and make projections for the future. The contributors focus on the human-environment interactions that have shaped historical forces since ancient times and discuss such key methodological issues as data quality. Topics highlighted include the political ecology of the Mayans; the effect of climate on the Roman Empire; the "revolutionary weather" of El Niño from 1788 to 1795; twentieth-century social, economic, and political forces in environmental change; scenarios for the future; and the accuracy of such past forecasts as The Limits to Growth.

Synopsis:

Human history, as written traditionally, leaves out the important ecological and climate context of historical events. But the capability to integrate the history of human beings with the natural history of the Earth now exists, and we are finding that human-environmental systems are intimately linked in ways we are only beginning to appreciate. In

Synopsis:

The topics highlighted include the political ecology of the Mayans; the effect of climate on the Roman Empire; the "revolutionary weather" of El Nino from 1788 to 1795; twentieth-century social, economic, and political forces in environmental change; scenarios for the future; and the accuracy of such past forecasts as 'The Limits to Growth'.

About the Author

Robert Costanza is Gordon Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.Lisa J. Graumlich is Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona.Will Steffen is Director of the Center for Resource and Environmental Studies and Director of the ANU Institute of Environment at the Australian National University and Chief Scientist at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Stockholm.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262033664
Subtitle:
An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth
Author:
Costanza, Robert
Editor:
Graumlich, Lisa J.
Editor:
Steffen, Will
Author:
Graumlich, Lisa J.
Author:
Custance, Gloria
Author:
Steffen, Will
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
MIT
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical geography
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Human ecology -- History.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Gorgias Press
Series:
Dahlem Workshop Reports Sustainability or Collapse?
Publication Date:
20061103
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 illus.
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Human history, as written traditionally, leaves out the important ecological and climate context of historical events. But the capability to integrate the history of human beings with the natural history of the Earth now exists, and we are finding that human-environmental systems are intimately linked in ways we are only beginning to appreciate. In
"Synopsis" by , The topics highlighted include the political ecology of the Mayans; the effect of climate on the Roman Empire; the "revolutionary weather" of El Nino from 1788 to 1795; twentieth-century social, economic, and political forces in environmental change; scenarios for the future; and the accuracy of such past forecasts as 'The Limits to Growth'.
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