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Mind the sustainability gap

Fischer, Joern; Manning, Adrian; Steffen, Will; Rose, Deborah; Daniell, Katherine; Felton, Adam; Garnett, Stephen T; Gilna, Ben; Heinsohn, Robert; MacDonald, Bennett; Mills, Franklin; Newell, Edward (Barry); Reid, Julian; Sherren, Kate; Wade, Alan; Robin, Libby; Lindenmayer, David B

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Despite increasing efforts to reach sustainability, key global biophysical indicators such as climate change and biodiversity loss continue to deteriorate rather than improve. Ongoing failure to move towards sustainability calls into question the focus of current research and policy. We recommend two strategies for progress. First, sustainability must be conceptualized as a hierarchy of considerations, with the biophysical limits of the Earth setting the ultimate boundaries within which social...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFischer, Joern
dc.contributor.authorManning, Adrian
dc.contributor.authorSteffen, Will
dc.contributor.authorRose, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorDaniell, Katherine
dc.contributor.authorFelton, Adam
dc.contributor.authorGarnett, Stephen T
dc.contributor.authorGilna, Ben
dc.contributor.authorHeinsohn, Robert
dc.contributor.authorMacDonald, Bennett
dc.contributor.authorMills, Franklin
dc.contributor.authorNewell, Edward (Barry)
dc.contributor.authorReid, Julian
dc.contributor.authorSherren, Kate
dc.contributor.authorWade, Alan
dc.contributor.authorRobin, Libby
dc.contributor.authorLindenmayer, David B
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:49:08Z
dc.identifier.issn0169-5347
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/26619
dc.description.abstractDespite increasing efforts to reach sustainability, key global biophysical indicators such as climate change and biodiversity loss continue to deteriorate rather than improve. Ongoing failure to move towards sustainability calls into question the focus of current research and policy. We recommend two strategies for progress. First, sustainability must be conceptualized as a hierarchy of considerations, with the biophysical limits of the Earth setting the ultimate boundaries within which social and economic goals must be achieved. Second, transdisciplinary research programs must confront key normative questions facing modern consumer societies. The humanities should have a key role in such programs. Assisted by these strategies, ambitious targets that realistically reflect the biophysical limits of the life-support system of the Earth must be set and relentlessly worked towards.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceTrends in Ecology and Evolution
dc.subjectKeywords: biodiversity; biophysics; climate change; Earth; research work; sustainability; article; biodiversity; environmental protection; greenhouse effect; policy; research; Biodiversity; Conservation of Natural Resources; Greenhouse Effect; Public Policy; Resear
dc.titleMind the sustainability gap
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume22
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor040699 - Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9205081xPUB45
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFischer, Joern, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationManning, Adrian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSteffen, Will, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRose, Deborah, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDaniell, Katherine, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFelton, Adam, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGarnett, Stephen T, Charles Darwin University
local.contributor.affiliationGilna, Ben, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHeinsohn, Robert, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLindenmayer, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMacDonald, Bennett, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMills, Franklin, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNewell, Edward (Barry), College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationReid, Julian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRobin, Elizabeth (Libby), College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSherren, Kate, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWade, Alan, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue12
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage621
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage624
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.tree.2007.08.016
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T12:05:59Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-36549072883
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