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Coping with ecological catastrophe: crossing major thresholds

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dc.creator John Cairns, Jr.
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-30T11:31:04Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-30T11:31:04Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05-30
dc.identifier http://www.esep.de/articles/esep/2003/E56.pdf
dc.identifier http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&genre=article&issn=16118014&date=2004&volume=&issue=&spage=69
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/jspui/handle/123456789/4654
dc.description The combination of human population growth and resource depletion makes catastrophes highly probable. No long-term solutions to the problems of humankind will be discovered unless sustainable use of the planet is achieved. The essential first step toward this goal is avoiding or coping with global catastrophes that result from crossing major ecological thresholds. Decreasing the number of global catastrophes will reduce the risks associated with destabilizing ecological systems, which could, in turn, destabilize societal systems. Many catastrophes will be local, regional, or national, but even these upheavals will have global consequences. Catastrophes will be the result of unsustainable practices and the misuse of technology. However, avoiding ecological catastrophes will depend on the development of eco-ethics, which is subject to progressive maturation, comments, and criticism. Some illustrative catastrophes have been selected to display some preliminary issues of eco-ethics.
dc.publisher Inter-Research
dc.source Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics
dc.subject Ecological thresholds
dc.subject Ecological catastrophes
dc.subject Climate change
dc.subject Eco-ethics
dc.subject Overpopulation
dc.subject Sustainability
dc.subject Ecological deficits
dc.subject Oceanic fisheries
dc.title Coping with ecological catastrophe: crossing major thresholds

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