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Author Dahlem Workshop on Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (2005 : Berlin, Germany)

Title Sustainability or collapse? : an integrated history and future of people on earth / edited by Robert Costanza, Lisa J. Graumlich, and Will Steffen ; Program Advisory Committee, R. Costanza [and others]
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press in cooperation with Dahlem University Press, ©2007


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 495 pages) : illustrations
Series Dahlem Workshop report
Dahlem workshop reports.
Contents Foreword / Hans Joachim Schellnhuber -- pt. 1. Introduction -- Sustainability or collapse: lessons from integrating the history of humans and the rest of nature / Robert Costanza, Lisa J. Graumlich and Will Steffen -- Human-environment interactions: learning from the past / John A. Dearing -- Assessing and communicating data quality: toward a system of data quality grading / Robert Costanza -- pt. 2. The millennial timescale: up to 10,000 years ago -- The rise and fall of the ancient Maya: a case study in political ecology / Vernon L. Scarborough -- Climate, complexity, and problem solving in the Roman empire / Joseph A. Tainter and Carole L. Crumley -- Integration of climatic, archaeological, and historical data: a case study of the Khabur River Basin, northeastern Syria / Frank Hole -- The trajectory of human evolution in Australia: 10,000 B.P. to the present / Timothy F. Flannery -- Toward a comparative study of hegemonic deline in global systems: the complexity of crisis and the paradoxes of differentiated experience / Jonathan Friedman -- Group report: millennial perspectives on the dynamic interaction of climate, people, and resources / Charles L. Redman [and others] -- pt. 3. The centennial timescale: up to 1000 years ago -- Revolutionary weather: the climatic and economic crisis of 1788-1795 and the discovery of El Niño / Richard H. Grove -- The lie of history: nation-states and the contradictions of complex societies / Fekri A. Hassan -- Little ice age-type impacts and the mitigation of social vulnerability to climate in the Swiss Canton of Bern prior to 1800 / Christian Pfister -- Information processing and its role in the rise of the European world system / Sander E. van der Leeuw -- Group report: integrating socioenvironmental interactions over centennial timescales -- needs and issues / John A. Dearing [and others] -- pt. 4. The decadal timescale: up to 100 years ago -- A decadal chronology of 20th-century changes in earth's natural systems / Nathan J. Mantua -- Social, economic, and political forces in environmental change: decadal scale (1900 to 2000) / John R. McNeill -- Integrated human-environment approaches of land degradation in drylands / Eric F. Lambin [and others] -- Group report: decadal-scale interactions of humans and the environment / Kathy A. Hibbard [and others] -- pt. 5. The future -- Scenarios: guidance for an uncertain and complex world? / Bert J.M. de Vries -- Evaluating past forecasts: reflections on one critique of the limits to growth / Dennis L. Meadows -- Integrated global models / Robert Costanza [and others] -- Group report: future scenarios of human-environment systems / Marianne N. Young
Summary Scholars from a range of disciplines develop an integrated human and environmental history over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales and make projections for the future.Human history, as written traditionally, leaves out the important ecological and climate context of historical events. But the capability to integrate the history of human beings with the natural history of the Earth now exists, and we are finding that human-environmental systems are intimately linked in ways we are only beginning to appreciate. In Sustainability or Collapse?, researchers from a range of scholarly disciplines develop an integrated human and environmental history over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales and make projections for the future. The contributors focus on the human-environment interactions that have shaped historical forces since ancient times and discuss such key methodological issues as data quality. Topics highlighted include the political ecology of the Mayans; the effect of climate on the Roman Empire; the "revolutionary weather" of El Nino from 1788 to 1795; twentieth-century social, economic, and political forces in environmental change; scenarios for the future; and the accuracy of such past forecasts as The Limits to Growth
Analysis ENVIRONMENT/General
Notes "Report of the 96th Dahlem Workshop on Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) Berlin, June 12-17, 2005."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Human ecology -- History -- Congresses
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Geography.
SCIENCE -- Environmental Science.
Human ecology
Genre/Form proceedings (reports)
Conference papers and proceedings
Conference papers and proceedings.
Actes de congrès.
Form Electronic book
Author Costanza, Robert.
Graumlich, Lisa.
Steffen, W. L. (William L.), 1947-2023
LC no. 2006023346
ISBN 9780262270861