Urbanization and Sustainability Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change by Christopher Boone


Urbanization and Sustainability Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change by Christopher Boone

This book offers a global perspective and case studies that address three themes. The first is global environmental change, understood not as unidirectional human degradation of the biophysical world, but as the integration of social and ecological dynamics on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Global environmental change is meaningful only when we incorporate the feedbacks, cascading effects, thresholds, lags, and interactions between societies and ecosystems. The second theme is urbanization. Cities are and will continue to be the primary human habitat, and urbanization processes will drive and respond to the challenges posed by global environmental change. Growing urban populations can create negative pressures on global ecosystems, but can also be the seedbeds of solutions to global sustainability challenges. The third theme of the book is justice. Urbanization and global environmental change have created gross inequities, with the most vulnerable suffering a disproportionate burden of ill effects. A focus on justice can ameliorate existing and future inequities while addressing the fundamental normative underpinnings of sustainability.


From the reviews: This collection of 11 essays is a fine contribution to the burgeoning body of literature concerned with environmental issues. Editors Boone and Fragkias have assembled a useful and intriguing mixture of essays with the ultimate goal of achieving an interdisciplinary synthesis for further discussion and contemplation. ... Those based in the disciplines of geography and sociology will be most intrigued by the scholarship offered in this text. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. (P. Gamsby, Choice, Vol. 50 (11), July, 2013)

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220 pages


Christopher Boone
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23rd December 2012



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