While environmentalists insist that lower rates of consumption
of natural resources are essential for a sustainable future, many
economists dismiss the notion that resource limits act to constrain
modern, creative societies. The conflict between these views tinges
political debate at all levels and hinders our ability to plan for
Supply-Side Sustainability offers a fresh approach to
this dilemma by integrating ecological and social science
approaches in an interdisciplinary treatment of sustainability.
Written by two ecologists and an anthropologist, this book
discusses organisms, landscapes, populations, communities, biomes,
the biosphere, ecosystems and energy flows, as well as patterns of
sustainability and collapse in human societies, from
hunter-gatherer groups to empires to today's industrial world.
These diverse topics are integrated within a new framework that
translates the authors' advances in hierarchy and complexity theory
into a form useful to professionals in science, government, and
The result is a much-needed blueprint for a cost-effective
management regime, one that makes problem-solving efforts
themselves sustainable over time. The authors demonstrate that
long-term, cost-effective resource management can be achieved by
managing the contexts of productive systems, rather than by
managing the commodities that natural systems produce.
Subjects: Environmental Science, Economics, Business
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