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Adapting institutions for life in a full world

Costanza, Robert; Farley, Joshua; Kubiszewski, Ida

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Today�s dominant worldviews and institutions emerged during the early Industrial Revolution, when the world was still relatively empty of humans and their built infrastructure. Natural resources were abundant, social settlements were more sparse, and the main limit on improving human well-being was inadequate access to infrastructure and consumer goods.1 Current ideas about what is desirable and what is possible were forged in this empty world context. �Cheap� fossil fuels have provided the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCostanza, Robert
dc.contributor.authorFarley, Joshua
dc.contributor.authorKubiszewski, Ida
dc.contributor.editorLinda Starke
dc.contributor.editorLisa Mastny
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:56:21Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-393-33726-6
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/39390
dc.description.abstractToday�s dominant worldviews and institutions emerged during the early Industrial Revolution, when the world was still relatively empty of humans and their built infrastructure. Natural resources were abundant, social settlements were more sparse, and the main limit on improving human well-being was inadequate access to infrastructure and consumer goods.1 Current ideas about what is desirable and what is possible were forged in this empty world context. �Cheap� fossil fuels have provided the abundant energy necessary for economic growth and helped societies overcome numerous resource constraints. Fertilizers, pesticides, and mechanized agriculture have allowed humanity to stave off Thomas Malthus�s predictions of population collapse. As a result, the world has changed dramatically over the past two centuries. It is now a �full� world, where increasingly complex technologies and institutions, mounting resource constraints, and a decreasing energy return on investment have made human society more brittle�and hence more susceptible to collapse.
dc.publisherWW Norton & Co.
dc.relation.ispartofState of the world 2010: Transforming cultures from consumerism to sustainability
dc.titleAdapting institutions for life in a full world
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor050205 - Environmental Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4430637xPUB176
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCostanza, Robert, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFarley, Joshua, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics
local.contributor.affiliationKubiszewski, Ida, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage85
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage90
dc.date.updated2020-12-20T07:31:38Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationUS
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