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Science for Sustainability: Part I

‘Sustainability’ in its early days seemed to be simple balance between economy, society and environment. Now it has grown into a jungle of ‘grand challenges’, ‘wicked problems’, ‘societal dilemmas’ and similar problematic issues. Examples include climate change, GMOs, the ‘war on drugs’, and urban poverty. As for sustainability science: it’s now widely agreed that the disciplinary structure of academic science, with its house journals, curricula, peer communities etc, is not well qualified for such trans-disciplinary, messy, controversial issues. But the ways forward are not yet clear or accepted by the mainstream community: a research proposal or output which is high-risk, messy and controversial is less likely to get funding or publication. In response, the concept of a next generation operating system, which is here framed as ‘Science 3.0’, has emerged through work on complex systems analysis and sustainability design thinking. Speaker: Joe Ravetz, Co-Director of the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester. Introduced by Alberto Matarán Ruiz, Prof. Dr., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Granada.


Ecology:   |  biodiversity  |  habitat  |  niche  |  niche construction  |  biome  |  biosphere  |  individual ecology  |  population ecology  |  ecosystem  |  keystone species
Pollution:   |  air pollution  |  light pollution  |  littering  |  noise  |  radioactive  |  water pollution
Sustainability:   |  social  |  economic  |  environment  |  organizations  |  sustainable development  |  sustainable life
Environment:   |  environmental education  |  recycling  |  environmental health  |  conservation  |  animals  |  forests  |  ecosystems  |  clean energy
Climate-change:   |  atmosphere  |  cfcs  |  greenhouse gases  |  NASA  |  glaciers  |  carbon emission  |  solar output