NATURAL-RESOURCE CONSUMPTION AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS IN THE WESTERN WORLD - IMPACTS OF INCREASING PER-CAPITA CONSUMPTION

Authors
Citation
S. Boyden et S. Dovers, NATURAL-RESOURCE CONSUMPTION AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS IN THE WESTERN WORLD - IMPACTS OF INCREASING PER-CAPITA CONSUMPTION, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 63-69
Citations number
30
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
63 - 69
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<63:NCAIEI>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
For the first time in 4000 million years of life on Earth a single spe cies, Homo sapiens is causing progressive ecological disturbances. The se changes are the outcome of the human aptitude for culture, especial ly as this aptitude has recently found expression in the Western World . They are associated with the fact that humans are using about 12 000 times as much energy, mainly in the form of fossil fuels, as they wer e 400 generations ago when farming was first introduced. Nearly 80% of this energy use and technological waste production is taking place in the industrialized nations, which make up around 25% of the total hum an population. If the biosphere is to survive as a system capable of s upporting humankind, humans must apply their aptitude for culture to w orking out new societal arrangements which are sensitive to the health needs both of the ecosystems of the biosphere and of human population s.