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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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Prospects for Sustenance

Prospects for Sustenance

(p.319) Chapter 23 Prospects for Sustenance

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the Earth's prospects for long-term sustainability. It begins by surveying the general state of the planet as well as its human impact. The key challenges of the twenty-first century are an increase of some 50 percent in our global population; our consequent need for resources, energy, food, and water; and our environmental impact. These issues will determine the character, and perhaps the fate, of Earth's peoples, as well as many of its other inhabitants. The chapter emphasizes that while the Earth can survive any damages to its environment, its human population might not be as resilient. Hence, the chapter contends that a concerted global effort is necessary to ensure the planet's sustainability; moreover, such efforts must be undertaken immediately, as many of them take years to accomplish.

Keywords:   long-term sustainability, human impact, environmental impact, global population, ecosystems

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