Environment, Development, and Sustainability: perspectives and cases from around the world

Paperback | October 15, 2009

EditorGordon Wilson, Pam Furniss, Richard Kimbowa

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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'tcompromise its long-term future - and that of our species.Environment, Development and Sustainability represents an examination of environment, development and sustainability as 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, developmentand 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. It celebrates the diversity of its contributors and uses positively this diversity as aresource for a more holistic approach to environment, development and sustainability.Online Resource CentreFor registered adopters:* Figures from the book available to downloadFor students:* Library of web links cited in the book* Flashcard glossary

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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'tcompromise its long-term future - and that of our s...

Gordon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Technology and Development at the Open University, where he is Director of the inter-faculty Environment, Development and International Studies Programme. His research interests are in collective knowledge construction and the role of scientists, technologists, and other professional agents in dev...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section A: Introduction1. Making the connections between environment, development, and sustainabilitySection B: Learning from the local2. The challenge for environment, development and sustainability in China.3. Rural development and environment in Uganda4. Traditional and modern (or improved) rural water supplies: stories from Ethiopia and Niger5. The souvenirs of communism: missed opportunities for sustainable development innovations in the enlarged European Union?6. Sustainable transport systems: learning from Cuba7. At the coal face in Australia: the youth climate movement8. Social dynamics of the US environmental challenge9. Looking beyond the visible: contesting environmental agendas for Mumbai's slumsSection C: Major themes in environment, development and sustainability10. Climate Change: causes and consequences11. Can ecosystems be managed sustainably? Biodiversity and tropical forests12. Managing conservation and development in Scotland and Uganda13. Managing water for sustainable development across international boundaries: the Rhine river basin14. Municipal waste management and the environmental health challenge: a tale of two cities15. Environment, inequality, and the internal contradictions of globalization16. Environmental ethics and developmentSection D: Action for environment, development and sustainability17. Local governance and sustainable development in Wales: making a difference?18. Cities and climate change: leading to a low carbon London19. Exploring participation in science, technology and innovation: tissue-culture bananas in Kenya20. Designing for sustainability21. Corporate responsibility in practice: building an eco-city from scratch22. Innovative partnerships for sustainable development in Harare, Zimbabwe23. Community-led sustainable development: the champion approach24. Why involve the public? Case studies of public involvement in environmental initiatives in South Africa25. Tools and techniques for environmental decision makingSection E: Conclusion26. Scientific, social science and technological approaches to understanding environmental change27. Conclusion

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"Very well thought out, with a logical structure and comprehensive coverage of the subject area, and particularly good use of case studies... A real strength is the consideration of the subject in the context of 'developed', 'developing' and 'less-developed' countries, each of which hasdifferent challenges and potential solutions." --Dr John S.Rieuwerts, University of Plymouth