sustainability science

What is sustainability science?

sustainability science meaning a multi-disciplinary approach to science that recognizes the limitations of traditional scientific inquiry in dealing with the complex reality of social institutions interacting with natural phenomena. Sustainability science seeks to improve on the substantial but limited understanding of nature-society interactions gained in recent decades. This has been achieved through work in the environmental sciences estimating and evaluating human impacts, and evidence from social and development studies that takes into account environmental influences on human well-being. Urgently needed is a better understanding of the complex dynamic interactions between society and nature so that the trend towards increasing vulnerability is reversed


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