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The Resource Costing the Earth? : perspectives on sustainable development, Bernd Meyer ; translated by Baker & Harrison

Costing the Earth? : perspectives on sustainable development, Bernd Meyer ; translated by Baker & Harrison

Label
Costing the Earth? : perspectives on sustainable development
Title
Costing the Earth?
Title remainder
perspectives on sustainable development
Statement of responsibility
Bernd Meyer ; translated by Baker & Harrison
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
This book outlines the economic conditions needed to achieve the goal of sustainable development in Europe, and around the world. It also explains the incentives for sustainable economic management using economic tools
Member of
Review
(The following is a combined review for Water Resources: Efficient, Sustainable and Equitable Use; Costing the Earth: Restructuring the Economy for Sustainable Development; The Earth: Natural Resources and Human Intervention; Energy: The World's Race for Resources in the 21st Century; and ) A gift to sustainability science by German businessman and editor Wiegandt, the "Sustainability Project" ( ) is a 12-volume, 3000-page series (of which these four titles were submitted for review) initially published in Germany. The aim is to present current research on complex topics in a manner accessible to general readers while keeping content scientifically sound. The series succeeds, but by no means is it a walk in the park; Wiegandt makes no apologies, asking 12 leading experts to explore critical environmental, economic, and social pressure points that must be addressed in the next 30 years. A survey of some of its constituent titles suggests this set's breadth: Our Threatened Oceans, Feeding the Planet, The Demise of Diversity, Overcrowded World?, Climate Change , and The New Plagues . The volumes are not numbered, but Jill Jäger's Our Planet: How Much More Can Earth Take? , with its discussion of planetary "overshoot," generally introduces the other titles, while Harald Müller's take on future world governance in Building a New World Order: Sustainable Policies for the Future provides a fitting conclusion. The argument carried relatively uniformly through all 12 volumes—i.e., confront the dismal truth about conditions, then suggest possible courses of action—lends the set unity, as does the way project authors refer to one another's work (an obvious method of linking the pieces together, a cumulative index, is lacking). Many of the solutions offered are practical and well known, e.g., label consumer products with metrics that will inform potential buyers of their real ecological cost and use less energy. Other recommendations are sensible but tough, e.g., "dematerialize" American society by a factor of ten within a few decades and make the knowledge presented here part of the educational curriculum from kindergarten through university. But one of Müller's recommendations, though wished-for, seems downright contrary to (human) nature—his suggestion to outlaw war. VERDICT Glossaries, graphics, and brief reading lists help to make the dauntingly comprehensive "Sustainability Project" palatable for advanced readers. While academic and large public libraries will no doubt want the entire set, smaller libraries could safely buy the relatively inexpensive individual titles on hot topics like climate change and water resources. Those wanting more graphics and less text will find a superb alternative purchase in Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent's The New Atlas of Planet Management . James Gustave Speth's The Bridge at the End of the World would be another solid choice.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. --Robert Eagan (Reviewed September 1, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 14, p137)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
343673
Cataloging source
UKM
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Meyer, Bernd
Dewey number
333.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the German
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
Sustainability project
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  • Sustainable development
  • Population
  • Population
  • Natural resources
  • Economic policy
  • Economic anthropology
  • Environmental economics
  • Wirtschaftswachstum
  • Internationaler Wettbewerb
  • Rohstoffpolitik
  • Umweltschutz
  • Bevölkerungsentwicklung
  • Nachhaltige Entwicklung
  • Internationales Abkommen
  • Welt
  • Deutschland
  • Nachhaltige Entwicklung
  • Wirtschaftsreform
  • Wirtschaftspolitik
  • Nachhaltigkeit
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
restructuring the economy for sustainable development
Label
Costing the Earth? : perspectives on sustainable development, Bernd Meyer ; translated by Baker & Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where is the world floating? -- What are the causes, and what kind of solutions do we have? -- The sustainability paradigm -- What options are there for increasing resource productivity? -- What precisely needs to change to enable increased resource productivity in Europe? -- A country in focus--Germany : what changes will have to be made to the labor market and to the social security system? -- Perspectives for more sustainable development in Europe -- Creating an international framework -- Final comments
Control code
778686
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xx, 195 pages
Isbn
9781906598129
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009437642
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781906598129
  • (OCoLC)305175458
Label
Costing the Earth? : perspectives on sustainable development, Bernd Meyer ; translated by Baker & Harrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where is the world floating? -- What are the causes, and what kind of solutions do we have? -- The sustainability paradigm -- What options are there for increasing resource productivity? -- What precisely needs to change to enable increased resource productivity in Europe? -- A country in focus--Germany : what changes will have to be made to the labor market and to the social security system? -- Perspectives for more sustainable development in Europe -- Creating an international framework -- Final comments
Control code
778686
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xx, 195 pages
Isbn
9781906598129
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009437642
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781906598129
  • (OCoLC)305175458

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