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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

Decision-Making about the Environment
Decision-Making about the Environment
Victoria Campbell-ArvaiDouglas BessetteRobyn WilsonJoseph Arvai
Introduction

In a highly networked and information-rich world, decisions about the environment have become increasingly complex and challenging. Whether we consider routine household decisions, or complex policy choices, decision-makers must increasingly consider multiple – and often conflicting – objectives. These objectives include the broader environmental, moral, economic, and social dimensions of alternative courses of action. At the same time, the number of alternatives that one can choose from seems to increase daily, which when combined with these multiple objectives results in the need for decision-makers to confront some very difficult tradeoffs. Adding to the challenge is the sheer volume of decisions that must be made on a daily basis.

While it is convenient to assume ...

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