What Is Sustainability?

  • N. F. Gray


In this chapter we explore the meaning of sustainability and how it can help and hinder our response to dealing with global warming.


Climate Change Global Warming Natural Capital Carbon Price Life Support System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. F. Gray
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  1. 1.Centre for the EnvironmentTrinity College, University of DublinDublinIreland

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