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Linkages of Sustainability

Thomas E. Graedel and Ester van der Voet


Humanity faces immense hurdles as it struggles to define the path toward a sustainable future. The multiple components of sustainability, all of which demand attention, make understanding the very concept of sustainability itself a challenge. Information about whether global agriculture can be made sustainable, for example, or calculations of the global need for water are useless unless we understand how these issues connect to each other and to other components of sustainability. This book engages in an extended dialogue concerning these linkages, arguing for a comprehensive view of sustainab ... More

Keywords: humanity, sustainability, global agriculture, sustainable world, sustainable future, multiple components, need for water, easily accessible water, energy, constraints

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013581
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas E. Graedel, editor

Ester van der Voet, editor

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1 Linkages of Sustainability

Thomas E. Graedel, and Ester van der Voet

Land, Human, and Nature

2 Agriculture and Forests

Navin Ramankutty

5 Stocks, Flows, and Prospects of Land

Karen C. Seto, Rudolf de Groot, Stefan Bringezu, Karlheinz Erb, Thomas E. Graedel, Navin Ramankutty, Anette Reenberg, Oswald J. Schmitz, and David L. Skole

Nonrenewable Resources

6 Mineral Resources

Yuichi Moriguchi

9 Transforming the Recovery and Recycling of Nonrenewable Resources

Markus A. Reuter, and Antoinette van Schaik

10 Complex Life Cycles of Precious and Special Metals

Christian Hagelüken, and Christina E. M. Meskers

11 Stocks, Flows, and Prospects of Mineral Resources

Heather L. MacLean, Faye Duchin, Christian Hagelüken, Kohmei Halada, Stephen E. Kesler, Yuichi Moriguchi, Daniel Mueller, Terry E. Norgate, Markus A. Reuter, and Ester van der Voet


Chapter 12 Global Water Balance

A. C. Barth Johannes, Viachaslau Filimonau, Peter Bayer, Wilhelm Struckmeier, and Peter Grathwohl

Chapter 17 Stocks, Flows, and Prospects of Water

Klaus Lindner, Thomas P. Knepper, Mohamed Tawfic Ahmed, Johannes A. C. Barth, Paul J. Crutzen, Fabian M. Dayrit, Heleen De Wever, Motomu Ibaraki, Shinjiro Kanae, Marco Schmidt, and Thomas A. Ternes


Chapter 18 Resources, Reserves, and Consumption of Energy

Donald L. Gautier, Peter J. McCabe, Joan Ogden, and Trevor N. Demayo

22 Stocks, Flows, and Prospects of Energy

Andreas Löschel, John Johnston, Mark A. Delucchi, Trevor N. Demayo, Donald L. Gautier, David L. Greene, Ogden Joan, Rayner Steve, and Worrell Ernst

Next Steps

25 The Emerging Importance of Linkages

Ester van der Voet, and Thomas E. Graedel