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Most efforts to address resource-management problems focus on the symptoms rather than the underlying cause, which is often unsustainable development. But what are the criteria for achieving a human society that operates within planetary, regional and local boundaries, and hence can be considered sustainable? What levels of energy, water and other resource utilization can be directed to meeting human needs without undermining critical ecosystem services? Is it possible to determine a sustainable rate of waste absorption by soils, air and water, or do we need to shift entirely to an approach in which all wastes from one process become inputs into another? Is it possible to shift from destructive development to restorative development that regenerates the capacity of ecosystems to provide goods and services rather than constantly degrading that capacity through unconstrained use?


It is the goal of sustainability science series to establish a sound theoretical understanding of what sustainability means. Sustainability science also aims to identify the underlying factors that lead to resource-management disagreements, explain their ongoing dynamics, and inform the methods of diplomacy, governance and development that can be used to address them. Finally, sustainability science is critical to monitoring the effectiveness of ongoing development efforts and making necessary adjustments. The purpose of the Anthem Sustainability Science is to engage scientists and social scientists in developing the knowledge required to help  practitioners and decision makers understand what is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.


Series Editor

William Moomaw – Tufts University, USA


We welcome submissions of proposals for challenging and original works that meet the criteria of this series. We make prompt editorial decisions. Our titles are published simultaneously in print and ebook editions and are subject to peer review by recognized authorities in the field. Should you wish to send in a proposal for a collection of essays, a single or multi-authored monograph, or a course reader, please contact us at: proposal@anthempress.com

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