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Sustainability or Collapse: What Can We Learn from Integrating the History of Humans and the Rest of Nature?

Costanza, Robert; Graumlich, Lisa J.; Steffen, Will; Crumley, Carole L; Dearing, John; Hibbard, Kathy A.; Leemans, Rik; Redman, Charles L; Schimel, David

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Understanding the history of how humans have interacted with the rest of nature can help clarify the options for managing our increasingly interconnected global system. Simple, deterministic relationships between environmental stress and social change are inadequate. Extreme drought, for instance, triggered both social collapse and ingenious management of water through irrigation. Human responses to change, in turn, feed into climate and ecological systems, producing a complex web of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/28895
Source: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
DOI: 10.1579/0044-7447(2007)36[522:SOCWCW]2.0.CO;2

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