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FROM THE GUEST EDITORS OF PART ONE: SPACESHIP EARTH - WILL WE BE ABLE TO PREVAIL? QUESTION OF SUSTAINABILITY

ABSTRACT
The words from the Adlai Stevenson's excellent speech to the UN [1] in which he said: "We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave-to the ancient enemies of man-half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all." could not be more true than in this moment when the World is facing many critical political, economic and social problems. Population growth and increasing consumption connected with strong economic inequality (25% of the population of the world consumes 75% of its natural resources [2]) put pressures on limited natural resources: water, forests, fish stocks, minerals, land for food production and living space, etc. Questions of environment and energy are now top on our priority list.
PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2014-09-06
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REFERENCES
  1. Adlai Stevenson, Speech to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1965
  2. Worldwatch Institute, Washington, DC, 2013, worldwatch@worldwatch.org
  3. Fuller, Buckminster. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1963
  4. Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, 2012
  5. IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, 2014, ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/report/final-drafts/
  6. Peter Johnston, Sustainability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy, Journal of Universal Computer Science, 7 (2001), 6

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