ABSTRACT

'The ecological challenge demands a paradigm shift in our thinking about the human-environment relation. Reconciling Human Existence with Ecological Integrity provides a ‘state of the art account of work on ecological integrity - and offers a compelling vision for the future. Derek Bell, Senior Lecturer at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle A book of vast scope and richness ... If policymakers around the world took notice of this insightful set of messages, we would all live with greater happiness, health, and wellbeing, with a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Lawrence O. Gostin, O‘Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center This book attempts to do in theory what the world needs to do in practice. It is an ecological master plan that shows how we can not only survive but also flourish. James P. Sterba, President of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Ecosystems have been compared to a house of cards: remove or damage a part and you risk destroying or fundamentally and irreversibly altering the whole. Protecting ecological integrity means maintaining that whole - an aim which is increasingly difficult to achieve given the ever-growing dominance of humanity. This book is the definitive examination of the state of the field now, and the way things may (and must) develop in the future. Written and edited by members of the Global Ecological Integrity Group - an international collection of the worlds most respected authorities in the area - the book considers the extent to which human rights (such as the rights to food, energy, health, clean air or water) can be reconciled with the principles of ecological integrity. The issue is approached from a variety of economic, legal, ethical and ecological standpoints, providing an essential resource for researchers, students and those in government or business in a wide range of disciplines.

part |2 pages

PART I – OVERVIEW: FOUNDATIONS OF ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

ByLaura Westra, Klaus Bosselmann

chapter 2|18 pages

Attaining a Sustainable Society

ByJames Karr

chapter 4|12 pages

The Earth Charter, Ethics and Global Governance

ByBrendan Mackey

chapter 5|12 pages

Ecological Integrity as an Emerging Global Public Good

ByPhilippe Crabbé, Jack Manno

part |2 pages

PART II – ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY AND BIOLOGICAL INTEGRITY: THE INTERFACE

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

ByLaura Westra, Klaus Bosselmann

chapter 6|20 pages

Ecological Integrity and Human Rights

ByPrue Taylor

chapter 8|18 pages

Finding ‘Paradise’ in a Complex Web: The Inter-relation of Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Human Health

ByCarijn Beumer, Maud Huynen, Pim Martens

part |2 pages

PART III – ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

ByLaura Westra

chapter 9|12 pages

Aligned: Global Justice and Ecology

ByThomas Pogge

chapter 11|12 pages

A Human Right to Water: An Ethical Position or a Realizable Goal?

ByJoseph Dellapenna

part |2 pages

PART IV – ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByHelmut Burkhardt, Richard Westra

chapter 13|26 pages

How the World Bank could Lead the World in Alleviating Climate Change

ByRobert Goodland, Simon Counsell

chapter 14|12 pages

The Ecological and Energy Integrity of Corn Ethanol Production

ByDavid Pimentel

part |2 pages

PART V – FUTURE POLICY PATHS FOR ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

ByLaura Westra

chapter 16|16 pages

What Covenant Sustains Us?

ByRon Engel

chapter 17|10 pages

Confounding Integrity: Humanity as Dissipative Structure

ByWilliam Rees

chapter 19|14 pages

The Way Forward: Governance for Ecological Integrity

ByKlaus Bosselmann

chapter |6 pages

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