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Sustainability Science Abstracts

The sustainability of humanity depends in large measure on our ability to bring mankind into a lasting equilibrium with Nature. However, while the rate of human population growth is declining, the absolute number of people on Earth continues to increase. This places an ever-mounting pressure on the Earth’s limited environmental and natural resources.

In 2006, Sustainability Science Abstracts was expanded and merged with the subfile Human Population and Natural Resources Management. This new expanded database explores all aspects of sustainable development, human population and demography topics, as well as societal issues involving natural resource management. Also covered are the topics of conservation of natural resources, ensuring the attainment and continued satisfaction of human needs in the present as well as maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. This involves the maintenance of species diversity and protection of the habitat/ecosystems they rely upon. The economy is an important aspect of sustainability and should be seen as “a means to an end” not an end in itself. Coverage includes relevant papers, reports, books and reviews from standard peer-reviewed scientific journals. To ensure comprehensive coverage, material from conference proceedings and hard-to-find gray literature has also been summarized.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Human Population Dynamics
    • Population - Environment Relations
    • Population Statistics and Policy
    • Ecotourism
    • Sustainable Living and Consumption
    • Environmental Awareness and Education
    • Environmental Law, Conventions, & Policy
    • Sustainable Resource Base: Atmosphere; Land; Water and Biodiversity
    • Economic Drivers
    • Sustainable Development and Production
    • Sustainable Energy
    • Sustainable Transportation/Mobility
Dates of Coverage
    1995 - Current
Update Frequency
    Monthly, with approximately 800 new records added
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
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Sample Record
    Title The role of institutions and policy in enhancing sustainable development and conserving natural capital
    Author Veeman, T.S., Politylo, J.
    Affiliation Department of Rural Economy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2H1
    Source Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol. 5 no. 3-4, pp. 317-332, 2003
    ISSN 1387-585X
    Abstract The use and management of natural capital is critical in all nations, but especially so in poor nations. The role of institutions - chiefly, property rights and pricing systems for natural resources - is pivotal in achieving growth and improved distribution of income and wealth, in understanding environmental degradation, and in seeking improved policy. Particularly useful criteria and indicators of sustainable development relate to 'green' output and productivity measures in which the depreciation of natural capital is being considered. Special management problems exist for 'critical' components of natural capital to which variants of the precautionary principle must be applied to ensure that our heirs receive an undiminished patrimony.
    Language English
    Publication Year 2003
    Publication Type Journal article
    Descriptors Resource management; environmental policy; Sustainable development; Distribution; Environmental degradation; Property rights; Natural resources
    Classification M3 1030 - Environmental Law, Conventions, & Policy
    Update 200405
    Subfile Sustainable Development
    Accession Number 05854950
Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code. See Field Codes and Search Examples for detailed descriptions and search examples.

    AB = Abstract NT = Notes
    AF = Affiliation NU = Other Numbers
    AN = Accession Number OT = Original Title
    AU = Author PB = Publisher
    CA = Corporate Author PT = Publication Type
    CF = Conference PY = Publication Year
    CL = Classification RL = Resource Location
    DE = Descriptors SF = Subfile
    ED = Editor SL = Summary Language
    ER = Environmental Regime SO = Source
    IB = ISBN TI = Title
    ID = Identifiers TR = ASFA Input Center Number
    IS = ISSN UD = Update
    LA = Language