The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Knowing Systems and the Environment

Knowing systems and the environment


The logic behind the ‘environmental concern’ is seemingly impeccable, and evidence in its support increasingly irrefutable: Through our activities as an ever-expanding and ubiquitous population of human beings, we are despoiling and degrading the environment of the world about us, while depleting it of its finite resources at an ever-increasing rate. This is not only threatening our own well-being and that of future generations of our own species, but also the stability and sustain-ability of particular biotic communities across the planet, as well as the integrity of the biosphere as a whole. The organization, functions and hierarchical organization of the long-evolved ‘natural eco-systems’ in which we are embedded as but one component species are all now ...

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