• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Sustainability is a key word in the environmental vocabulary informing how research projects in the social sciences are framed. This book provides a systematic and critical review of the key research methods used when studying sustainable strategies and outcomes. It is divided into four areas:

Chapter 6: Biophysical Indicators of Society–Nature Interaction: Material and energy flow analysis, human appropriation of net primary production and the ecological footprint

Biophysical Indicators of Society–Nature Interaction: Material and energy flow analysis, human appropriation of net primary production and the ecological footprint
Biophysical indicators of society–nature interaction: material and energy flow analysis, human appropriation of net primary production and the ecological footprint
Veronika GaubeHelmut HaberlKarl-Heinz Erb
Introduction

Societies depend on the availability of materials and energy. Above all, humans need food to stay alive, healthy and able to perform work. But there are many other socio-economic activities that require much more materials and energy. The production, distribution and consumption of goods and services both create and depend on buildings, infrastructure and machinery. These in turn require inputs of raw materials or manufactured goods as well as energy in several different forms, such as human or animal labour, electricity, fuels ...

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