Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Additional readings

Hey everyone,
Since there is so much interest in big picture takes on sustainability and related issues, we thought we'd add a few more papers written on the topic by prominent ecologists and published in major journals. These are optional but very short and worth checking out. (for those not in the class, you can access the pdfs by following the directions on the sidebar to the right).
Here's the references we added:

*Palmer, M., E. Bernhardt, E. Chornesky, S. Collins, A. Dobson, C. Duke, B. Gold, R. Jacobson, S. Kingsland, R. Kranz, M. Mappin, M. L. Martinez, F. Micheli, J. Morse, M. Pace, M. Pascual, S. Palumbi, O. J. Reichman, A. Simons, A. Townsend and M. Turner
2005 Ecology for a crowded planet. Science 304:1251 - 1252.

*Cohen, J. E.
2003 Human Population: The Next Half Century. Science 302:1172 - 1175.

*Cohen, J. E.
1995 Population Growth and Earth's Human Carrying Capacity. Science 269:341 - 346.

Great discussion today.


Justin Smith said...

If you're looking for an alternative viewpoint, much of the work of the late Julian Simon is available on his website, juliansimon.com, including several of his books. The Ultimate Resource 2 is the best compendium of his work, but there's plenty of other stuff to get you riled up as well.

Human macroecology admin said...

Thanks for posting this Justin. I agree that its important to include this view as well and that Simon's points shouldn't be ignored. So, we now have two really polar opposite views being presented. Are there any economists who might partially agree with Simon but take a more moderate stance? What about someone who particularly confronts economic growth and something like the conservation of biodiversity?

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