By Robert W. Kates (auth.), Michael P. Weinstein, R. Eugene Turner (eds.)

The item of this publication is to focus on how the nascent box of sustainability technological know-how is addressing a key demanding situations for scientists; that's, realizing the workings of advanced platforms particularly whilst people are concerned. A constant thread within the sustainability technological know-how circulation is the huge acknowledgement that higher levels of integration throughout what at the moment are segmented dimensions of extant technology and know-how structures should be a key think about matching the main applicable technology and know-how recommendations to precise sustainability difficulties in particular places.

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Structure: Balancing feedback: Balancing loops are self-correcting. + Chickens B Road Crossings They counteract change. As the chicken population grows, various self-correcting loops will act to balance the chicken population with its carrying capacity. One classic feedback is shown here: The more chickens, the more road - crossings they will attempt. If there is any traffic, more road crossings will lead to fewer chickens (hence the — Behavior: [negative] polarity for the link from road crossings to chickens).

But that’s not the main purpose of our science. We shall try to find out how the forces of nature and society interact upon one another and how the geographic environment and the complex system of life can sustain itself. In other words, we must find out about the unity of nature that we humans are both a part of, and apart from. References Annan K (2002) Towards sustainable development. United Nations, New York Burton I, Kates RW, White GF (1978) The environment as hazard. Oxford University Press, New York Carson R (1962) Silent spring.

I agree. The challenge lies in moving from slogans about systems to specific tools and processes that help us understand complexity, design better policies, facilitate individual and organizational learning, and catalyze the technical, economic, social, political, and personal changes we need to create a sustainable society. Here I outline a design for a systems science of sustainability that rises to this challenge. First, I describe the characteristics of complex systems that lead to policy resistance—the tendency for our attempts to solve problems to be defeated by unintended reactions of the system to these interventions.

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