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Title From resource scarcity to ecological security : exploring new limits to growth / edited by Dennis Pirages and Ken Cousins
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (xi, 268 pages) : illustrations
Series Global environmental accord
Global environmental accords.
Contents From limits to growth to ecological security / Dennis Pirages -- The future is not what it used to be : world population trends / Robert Engelman [and others] -- Reflections on an aging global population / Paul J. Runci and Chester L. Cooper -- Global water prospects / Ken Conca -- Food policy : underfed or overfed? / Marc J. Cohen -- Energy, security, and cooperation over the next quarter century / Heather Conley and Warren Phillips -- Renewable-energy technologies / Gary Cook and Eldon Boes -- Future socioeconomic and political challenges of global climate change / Matthias Ruth -- Global climate change : policy challenges, policy responses / Jacob Park -- Forest degradation, the timber trade, and tropical-region plantations / Patricia Marchak -- Biodiversity and ecological security / David W. Inouye -- Twenty-nine days : responding to a finite world / Ken Cousins
Summary From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security revisits the findings of The Global 2000 Report to the President--commissioned by President Jimmy Carter in 1977--and presents an up-to-date overview, informed by the earlier projections, of such critical topics as population, water, food, energy, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity. It examines current environmental trends in order to consider the state of the global environment over the next thirty years and discusses what can be done now to achieve ecological security. The authors of From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security find that the world population will likely continue to level off, but the population decline in many industrialized countries will create new socioeconomic and political problems--including the "reverse demographic shock" of disproportionately large aging populations. Although world food production is likely to increase at a rate that keeps up with population growth, greater demand in China as well as distributional issues will keep significant numbers of people malnourished. In addition to these continuing scarcity issues, ecological insecurity may increase because of new threats that include global warming, loss of biodiversity, bioinvasion, and the rapid worldwide growth of new diseases. The book not only analyzes the nature of these impending problems but suggests ways to solve them
Analysis ENVIRONMENT/Environmental Politics & Policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-256) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Global 2000 Study (U.S.)
Global 2000 Study (U.S.)
Environmental policy.
Twenty-first century -- Forecasts.
environmental policy.
NATURE -- Natural Resources.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Environmental Economics.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Green Business.
Environmental policy
Twenty-first century
Genre/Form Forecasts
Form Electronic book
Author Pirages, Dennis
Cousins, Ken, 1964-
ISBN 9780262281621