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An Integrated History and Future on People on Earth

by Robert Costanza et al.; foreword by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (“The Mirror of Galadriel”)

In Sustainability or Collapse? Researchers from a range of scholarly disciplines develop an integrated human and environment history over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales und 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 Niño 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 Limit to Growth.

MIT Press,
2007, 517 pages
EUR 31,50
ISBN-10: 0262033666
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-03366-4

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