Structural Human Ecology: Risk, Energy, and Sustainability

Structural Human Ecology: Risk, Energy, and Sustainability


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People's influence on ecosystems can create serious environmental consequences. Structural Human Ecology is a term coined to describe scientific studies and analyses of the stress individuals and communities place on the environment, human well-being, and the tradeoffs between them. As an emerging discipline, it is devoted to understanding the dynamic links between population, environment, social organization, and technology. The community of specialists working in this field offers cutting-edge research in risk analysis that can be used to evaluate environmental policies and thus help citizens and societies worldwide learn how to most effectively mitigate human impacts on the biosphere. The essays in this volume were presented by leading international scholars at a 2011 symposium honoring the late Dr. Eugene Rosa, then Boeing Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sociology at Washington State University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874223170
Publisher: Washington State University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2013
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Paul Ehrlich vii

Section I Theoretical and Conceptual Issues

1 Introduction to Structural Human Ecology Thomas Dietz Andrew K Jorgenson 3

2 Metatheoretical Foundations of Post-Normal Prediction Richard York 19

3 Epistemology, Ontology, and the Practice of Structural Human Ecology Thomas Dietz 31

Section II Risk

4 Perspectives on Risks and Concerns with Respect to Climate Engineering Ortwin Renn Nadine Bratchatzek Sylvia Hitter Dirk Scheer 55

5 Opportunities and Dilemmas in Managing Risk and Uncertainty Roger E. Kasperson 73

6 Design Principles for Governing Risks from Emerging Technologies Paul C. Stern 91

Section III Structural Human Ecology of Nations

7 Energy and Electricity in Industrial Nations Allan Mazur 121

8 Population, Affluence, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Continuing Significance of Structural Human Ecology and the Utility of STIRPAT Andrew K. Jorgenson 139

9 The Implications of Structural Human Ecology for Environmental Concerns Global Reach Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt 159

Section IV Directions for the Future

10 Context Matters: Eugene A. Rosas Lessons for Structural Human Ecology Thomas Dietz 189

Contributors 217

Index 223

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