Sustainability Science

March 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

We hear a lot about sustainability these days. This comes from the fact that we can demonstrate that certain activities, when carried out by a large number of people for a modest amount of time, can jeopardize the ability of future generations to engage in the same activities. Possible problem areas:

  • Burning fossil fuels for energy
  • Harvesting of limited natural resources: forests, fish, etc.
  • Production of greenhouse gases

And the list goes on. To make these activities sustainable, it seems that we must limit them in some way: fewer people perform the activity, each person performs the activity less frequently, or the activity itself is altered so that it becomes more sustainable.

The National Academy of Sciences has recently launched a new section of PNAS (the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) that is devoted to Sustainability Science. Go to the journal’s web site and see if any of the articles interest you. If you find something interesting, tell the Project about it.

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