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Health, Population, Limits and the Decline of Nature

Butler, CD and Higgs, K 2018 , 'Health, Population, Limits and the Decline of Nature', in T Marsden (ed.), Sage Handbook of Nature , SAGE Publications Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 1122-1149.

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The main purpose of this chapter is to argue that global population health is in peril, due to a crisis rooted in our species’ lack of respect for nature, and the conceit that humans have largely mastered nature, and nature will do as we wish. To achieve our aim in a convincing way, we explore two parallel and closely related issues: human population growth and limits to growth. This involves discussion of history, economics, politics and social science. Before this, we discuss health (human and ecological) and sustainability. None of these concepts is simple, uncontested, or possible to do justice to here. However, they cannot be ignored.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Butler, CD and Higgs, K
Keywords: nature, limits to growth, population, health
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
DOI / ID Number: 10.4135/9781473983007.n58
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Copyright 2018 Colin D. Butler and Kerryn Higgs

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