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Global Sustainability: The Impact of Local Cultures, A New Perspective for Science and Engineering, Economics and Politics

Peter A. Wilderer (Editor), Edward D. Schroeder (Editor), Horst Kopp (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-60446-3
265 pages
January 2006
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Description

This first book to focus on cultural diversity as a key element of sustainable development in the context of science and engineering provides cross-disciplinary information and assistance in understanding our world in transition. As such, it furnishes the global scientific community and decision makers in governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as in industry with much-needed information on how the various factors affecting sustainable development -- including culture -- depend on and interfere with each other.
Featuring a contribution by the President of the Club of Rome, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, this is vital reading for all (natural) scientists, engineers, economists, ecologists, environmental organizations, and consultants.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Key Note Address (His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal)
History and Mandate of Sustainability: From Local Forestry to Global Policy (Gabriele Weber-Blaschke, Reinhard Mosandl, and Martin Faulstich)
Sustainable Development: Exploring the Cross-Cultural Dimension (Ortwin Renn)
Sustainable Development and Cultural Diversity (Hartmann Liebetruth)
Technological Progress in Different Cultures and Periods: Historical Evolution Projected into the Future (Raoul Weiler)
Views of Sustainability: Elements of a Synthesis (Dimitris Kyriakou)
A New Way of Thinking about Sustainability, Risk and Environmental Decision-Making (William E. Kastenberg, Gloria Hauser-Kastenberg, and David Norris)
Humility and Establishing the Sustainable Environment (Edward D. Schroeder)
Conflicts and Conflict-solving as Chances to make the Concept of Sustainable Development work (Armin Grunwald)
Sustainability through Science-Technology-Society Education (David Devraj Kumar)
Sustainability and Consumption of Raw Materials in Germany (Werner Schenkel)
Sustainability, Culture and Regional Scales: Some Remarks from Human Geography (Horst Kopp)
Sustainable Development in Asia: Traditional Ideas and Irreversible Processes (Dietmar Rothermund)
Sustainability of Development and Valuation of Non-renewable Resources: An Analysis in the Context of Local Cultures (Michael von Hauff, Amitabh Kundu)
Sustainability in Latin American Countries: Challenge and Opportunities for Argentina (Monica Renner)
On the Roles Engineers May Play in the Attempt to Meet Basic Demands of Man and Nature (Peter A. Wilderer, Mirka C. Wilderer)
Integrating Cultural Aspects in the Implementation of Large Water Projects (Martin Grambow)
Sustainability from an Entrepreneurial Point of View seen from the Particular Standpoint of a Company Active in the Water Industry (Hans G. Huber)
Synthesis (Peter A. Wilderer, Edward D. Schroeder, and Josef Bugl)
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Author Information

Professor Peter A. Wilderer is in charge of the Institute an Advanced Studies on Sustainability, funded by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He teaches at the German Institute of Science and Technology, Singapore, in Industrial Ecology and Industrial Chemistry. Besides he serves as honorary professor at the Advanced Wastewater Management Center of the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2003, he became the first German recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, internationally the highest award in the field of water and environment. He has authored and co-authored over 300 scientific publications.

Professor Edward D. Schroeder is a member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of California, Davis. He has authored or co-authored over 120 papers and two textbooks on various aspects of environmental engineering.

Professor Horst Kopp is working at the Institute for Geography at the Friederich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is co-editor of The Arab World Geographer.
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Reviews

"... ein empfehlenswerter, weil reichhaltiger und anregender Lesestoff."
Katalyse Institut fur angewandte Umweltforschung, www.umweltjournal.de: http://www.umweltjournal.de/fp/archiv/AfA_technik/7687.php
"Eine unentbehrliche Lekture fur NaturwissenschaftlerInnen, Ingenieure, Okonomen, Umweltorganisationen und BeraterInnen."
politische okologie 91-92

Physikalische Soiree vom 3. Januar 2005: http://1476.orf.at/radiomacher/soiree/sendungen/phs_2005_01.html

"Bucher wie dieses sind unbedingt notwendig. In den meisten Werken zu diesem Thema fehlt namlich der Aspekt der unterschiedlichen Kulturen unseres Globus, die unser Verhalten ganz wesentlich beeinflussen... Experten in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit finden in diesem Buch durchaus neue und wichtige Einsichten, die sie in der eigenen Arbeit berucksichtigen sollten."
Nachrichten aus der Chemie

"Die einzelnen Artikel stehen zwar fur sich, aber deren Gesamtheit liefert stichfeste Argumente zur Starkung der berechtigten Forderung, die Dimension >Kultur< starker als bisher in die Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte zu integrieren."
Forum der Geookologie

"Ein wichtiges Buch mit lesenswerten Beitragen. Anschaffenswert fur jene, die sich fur Nachhaltigkeit einsetzen und mit Menschen mit unterschiedlichen Denkansatzen, unterschiedlicher Herkunft oder mit unterschiedlichem kulturellen Hintergrund um Kompromisse ringen. Es wird helfen, den eigenen Standpunkt zu relativieren und zu bereichern und gemeinsame Plattformen eines gegenseitigen Verstandnisses zu finden, und zwar fur das eine gemeinsame Ziel: Nachhaltigkeit."
Acta hydrochimica et hydrobiologica

"Die interdisziplinare und kulturelle Vielfalt der Sichtweisen macht das Buch zu einer wertvollen Lekture fur alle, die sich ubergreifend mit der globalen Dimension des Themas Nachhaltigkeit befassen wollen. "
Chemie Ingenieur Technik


"... 36 scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs from 4 continents and 12 countries .... The editors were successful to bring 25 of those participants and their extremely different expertise and projects together under the common focus of the impact of local cultures. .... An important value of this book are the examples from different regions of the world, which show the complexity of the issue."
—Dr. Steffi Richter, Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt), Dessau, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2005, Vol. 12, No. 3

"An important value of this book are the examples from different regions of the world, which show the complexity of the issue."
—Dr. rer. nat. Steffi Richter, ESPR, 12 (3) 2005

Book Presentations:
Sustainability, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, ESPR, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2005

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