Socio-ecological transformations and the social sciences

Lockie, Stewart, Sonnenfeld, David A., and Fisher, Dana R. (2014) Socio-ecological transformations and the social sciences. In: Lockie, Stewart, Sonnenfeld, David A., and Fisher, Dana R., (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-12.

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[Extract] Our relationships with the landscapes and ecologies that we are a part of, the plants and animals that we share them with, and the natural resources that we extract, lie at the heart of contemporary social and political debates. Mitigation of anthropogenic climate change is among a handful of issues that dominate the world's political imagination early in the third millennium of the common era. Risks associated with global environmental change combine with dangers of extreme climatic and geological events to remind us of humanity's dependence on favourable environmental conditions. In every one of the first ten years of the century, natural disasters affected some 200-300 million people and caused around US $100 billion in damage (Armstrong et al. 2011). Such costs increased fourfold in 2011, following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami off the east coast of Japan, as well as a spate of (comparatively smaller) disasters in other advanced economies including the USA, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (Ferris and Petz 2012).

Item ID: 30952
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-78279-1
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 02:30
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 10%
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