The Biosphere and Civilization: In the Throes of a Global Crisis

  • Victor I. Danilov-Danil'yan
  • Igor E. Reyf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Civilization in Crisis: The Edge of the Abyss

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 3-26
    3. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 27-42
    4. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 43-53
  3. Civilization in Crisis: The Edge of the Abyss (Continued)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 57-79
    3. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 81-96
    4. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 97-105
  4. World Society: Politicians and Scientists in Search of an Answer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 109-126
    3. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 127-136
    4. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 137-151
  5. Permanence of the Planetary Environment and the Concept of Biotic Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 155-162
    3. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 163-175
    4. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 177-195
  6. Weighing a Scientific Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 199-205
    3. Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan, Igor E. Reyf
      Pages 207-216

About this book

Introduction

This book attempts to explain the dire ecological, social, and economic situations facing mankind through simple, yet comprehensive analyses of global ecological issues, poverty, environmental stability and regulation, and sustainable development. The book conveys complex objects of study, namely the biosphere and the dire anthropogenic processes it has been experiencing for decades, so that the work is accessible without omitting key components of the subject matter.

Readers will learn about the crises facing our global civilization (many of which originate from human causes yet cannot be solved by human technologies), the social and economic contributors to a threatened biosphere, the potential solutions to these problems, the mechanisms that maintain the stability of the global environment, and the scales at which sustainable development and preservation can be applied to initiate environmental regulation. Though intended to appeal to the general public and non-specialists, environmental researchers, organizations involved in sustainable development and conservation, and students engaged in ecology environment, and sustainability studies will also find this book of interest.

Keywords

Overpopulated Planet ecological footprint environmental crisis sustainable development competition in nature and society the limitation of growth Biotic regulation environmental stability nature technologies

Authors and affiliations

  • Victor I. Danilov-Danil'yan
    • 1
  • Igor E. Reyf
    • 2
  1. 1.Correspondent Member of Russian Academy of SciencesDirector of the Water Institute at the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Freelance Journalist/WriterFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67193-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-67192-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-67193-2
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