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Bibliography in Sustainable Development

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Capello, R., P. Nijkamp, et al. (1999). Sustainable cities and energy policies. Berlin; New York, Springer.

Costanza, R. (1980). "Embodied energy and economic valuation." Science 210(1219-1224).

Daly, H. E. and A. F. Umana, Eds. (1981). Energy, economics, and the environment: conflicting views of an essential interrelationship. Boulder, CO, Westview Press.

Humphrey, C. R. and F. R. Buttel (1982). Environment, Energy, and Society. Belmont, CA, Wads worth Publishing Co.

Though the specifics of this book are rather dated, it is an interesting look at the sociological perspective of the environmental movement. Brief historical overviews of topics such as the rise of environmentalism and its historic roots in the relation between science, religion, economics etc.; the founding of OPEC and the history of the energy crisis of 1972-73, a brief history of sociology focusing on Weber, Marx and Durkheim, the rise of environmental sociology. The main structure of the book is to examine issues such as population, limits to growth, the energy crisis, and world hunger. Facts are discussed and then three sociological viewpoints that explain how the situation came to be are outlined. These three general positions are the conservative, liberal and radical, which align with Durkheim, Weber, and Marx respectively. The Conservative approach suggests that incremental changes will solve any environmental problems, and focuses on technological fixes. The liberal approach suggests that substantial structural changes are necessary but that capitalism is the best type of economy. The liberals focus on redistribution of wealth and increasing output. The radical position claims that capitalism itself is the cause of environmental problems so it must be discarded to solve environmental crises. Radicals suggest that a massive redistribution of political power, wealth and output is necessary and that the world system needs to be disjointed to focus on the improvement of local initiatives.

Patterson, M. G. (1996). "What is Energy Efficiency?" Energy Policy 24: 377-390.

Steen, N., Energy and Environmental Programme (Royal Institute of International Affairs), et al. (1994). Sustainable development and the energy industries: implementation and impacts of environmental legislation. London: Royal Institute of International Affairs Energy and Environmental Programme; Washington, DC: Earthscan Publications; Distributed in North America by the Brookings Institution.

Templet, P. (1997). The Full Economic Costs of Louisiana's Oil/Gas and Petrochemcial Industries, People First: Developing Sustainable Communities. [online]

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