Climate Change and the Social Sciences: Global and Regional Issues

  • Peter Nijkamp
  • Celeste Wilderom


In past years the notion of ecologically sustainable economic development, vigorously advocated in the Brundtland Report published by the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) has gained much popularity in the Western world. The awareness has grown that environmental degradation and poverty cannot be addressed sufficiently by simple recovery measures; it requires proactive strategies by both governments and the business sector. It has often been tempting to resort to the development of new technology, to solve problems, but, increasingly, it is being recognized that technological progress as such cannot alone cure environmental decay (leaving aside the point that technology may also be the source of much evil). Clearly, a number of fundamental causes of these problems lie in the organization and function of society itself.


Global Change Geographic Information System Social Science Research Global Environmental Change Social Dilemma 
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  • Celeste Wilderom

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