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Sustainable Development and the Limitation of Growth

Future Prospects for World Civilization


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Civilization in crisis: On the edge of an abyss

  3. Civilization teetering over the abyss of crisis (conclusion)

  4. The world community: Politicians and scientists in search of a solution

  5. Sustainable development: Between complacency and reality

  6. On the scale of a scientific approach

About this book


It is over 15 years since Agenda 21 was adopted in Rio de Janeiro,
and over 100 countries have now espoused this code to use
sustainable development as a means of avoiding an ecological
catastrophe. However it is obvious that, even with this
commitment, there is still a significant lack of both understanding
and action.

Sustainable Development and the Limitation of Growth presents the
ecological, demographic, economic and socio-psychological
manifestations of the global crisis, and outlines the immutable
laws and limitations which determine the existence of all living
things in the biosphere. The book

  • contends that sustainability is achievable only on a global scale
    and cannot be regionalized or isolated;
  • demonstrates the need to move to a new way of thinking;
  • shows humanity its real place in the natural environment;
  • highlights the importance of global environmental stability.

This unique work argues for a change in the sustainable
development paradigm, the strategic nucleus of which must be
the conservation of ecosystems, especially forests, still in existence
and the partial reconstruction of destroyed ecosystems, as well as
for an understanding of humanity’s real place in the natural
environment and the gravity of the ecological threat before us.


Agenda 21 Ecological modelling Global change Resources Scale Sustainable development development ecosystem

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Water Institute at the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.All Russian Institute of Scientific & Technical InformationRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Frankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This timely, well-organized book provides intriguing insights into the 21st-century plight of the human-built and natural worlds. Danilov-Danil’yan and Losev (both, Russian Academy of Sciences) and Reyf (German journalist) argue that the direct dependence of people on critical ecosystem services requires … social, psychological, and economic trends that underpin the problem. The book’s six parts aptly reveal the breath and depth of the analysis … . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." (P. R. Pinet, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), July, 2009)