This is the book for anyone who wants to better understand the sustainability of the modern human economy and society. Every aspect of the global state of affairs is examined in a way that is understandable for the non-technical audience. More
To most people, the word “sustainability” implies that whatever is being talked about is being managed in a responsible way so that it may continue well into the future. We would expect that a sustainable practice, company or industry is one that could continue indefinitely without significant harm to our environment.
This book was written to illuminate the concept of sustainability from a scientific viewpoint. It has detailed sections on energy systems, essential materials, the atmosphere and population trends, as these are foundational to understanding sustainability.
This book is not only about the physical aspects of sustainability, but also explores the way we humans think about and take positions on issues. It looks critically at the difference between open minded scientific examination and pre-determined beliefs.