Understanding Sustainability

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Sterman, John D. 2001. "System Dynamics Modeling: Tools for Learning in a Complex World." California Management Review 43(4):8-25.

Sterman, John D. 2012. "Sustaining Sustainability: Creating a Systems Science in a Fragmented Academy and Polarized World." Pages 35-73 in M. Weinstein and R. Turner (eds.), Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment, Springer, New York. [PDF]

Sterman, John D., George P. Richardson, and Pal I. Davidsen. 1988. "Modeling the Estimation of Petroleum Resources in the United States." Technological Forecasting and Social Change 33(3):219-249. [early draft (PDF)]

Stern, Nicholas. 2007. The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [PDF]

Stevens, Richard and J. Sebastián Tello. 2011. "Diversity Begets Diversity: Relative Roles of Structural and Resource Heterogeneity in Determining Rodent Community Structure."Journal of Mammalogy 92(2):387-395. [PDF]

Stevenson, Robert B. 2006. "Tensions and transitions in policy discourse: recontextualizing a decontextualized EE/ESD debate." Environmental Education Research 12(3-4):277-290. [PDF]

  • "Some writers also argue that sustainable development has been conceptualized to maintain the economic status quo and current socio-economic structures— paradoxically, the very structures that appear to have created our current ecological problems are seen as part of the solution (Rees, 1992). For example, Rees points out that Our common future assumes that economic growth is the primary vehicle for addressing both poverty and environmental sustainability. In the first case, an expanded economic pie is seen as enabling the poor to eventually obtain an adequate share; an argument that not only is contrary to the evidence that economic growth in the past has not eradicated poverty but only created a greater share for the rich, but it also avoids political debate and inevitable conflicts about a more equitable (re)distribution of incomes and resources. Second, it is highly questionable whether industrial production can be expanded without further degradation to the environment. Despite the widely-held and continuing belief that economic growth and/or markets can provide the means to correct environmental problems, there is as yet little evidence to support such a relationship… ." (p. 280)

Steward, Angela. 2013. "Reconfiguring Agrobiodiversity in the Amazon Estuary: Market Integration, the Açaí Trade and Smallholders Management Practices in Amapá, Brazil." Human Ecology 24 July. 

Stewart, Matthew. 2018. The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy. The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem." The Atlantic June.

  • "… you will often hear, because in the United States everyone has an opportunity to make the leap: Mobility justifies inequality. As a matter of principle, this isn’t true. In the United States, it also turns out not to be true as a factual matter. Contrary to popular myth, economic mobility in the land of opportunity is not high, and it’s going down."
  • "Imagine yourself on the socioeconomic ladder with one end of a rubber band around your ankle and the other around your parents’ rung. The strength of the rubber determines how hard it is for you to escape the rung on which you were born. If your parents are high on the ladder, the band will pull you up should you fall; if they are low, it will drag you down when you start to rise. Economists represent this concept with a number they call 'intergenerational earnings elasticity,' or IGE, which measures how much of a child’s deviation from average income can be accounted for by the parents’ income. An IGE of zero means that there’s no relationship at all between parents’ income and that of their offspring. An IGE of one says that the destiny of a child is to end up right where she came into the world."
  • "According to Miles Corak, an economics professor at the City University of New York, half a century ago IGE in America was less than 0.3. Today, it is about 0.5. In America, the game is half over once you’ve selected your parents. IGE is now higher here than in almost every other developed economy. On this measure of economic mobility, the United States is more like Chile or Argentina than Japan or Germany."

Stibbe, Arran. 2010. The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a Changing World. Green Books, Dartington, U.K. [sample chapters]

Stiglitz, Joseph E. 2002a. Globalization and its Discontents. Norton, New York. [review and summary in wikipedia] [review in New York Review of Books]

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