Sustainability science: building a new discipline
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The impetus for this journal
In scientific and academic circles worldwide, the opportunity to develop the emerging discipline of sustainability science has never been greater. This new science has its origins in the concept of sustainable development proposed by the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) (WCED, also known as the Brundtland Commission). Defining sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, the WCED gained worldwide support for its argument that development must ensure the coexistence of economy and the environment. Today, “sustainability” is recognized the world over as a key issue facing twenty-first century society.
It has, however, also been remarked that the idea of sustainable development increasingly seems to be linked to political agendas, raising concerns about the solidity of its analytical basis; as a consequence the scientific and...
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