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Sustainability Science

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Sustainability science is an academic discipline that emerged in response to threats to the sustainability of the global environment. Its purpose is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity. Sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems and a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines. It demands the development of policies that protect the natural and cultural diversity of different regions and promotes the physical and economic health of their inhabitants. This volume offers approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces natural, social and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society. It also strives for a global perspective while incorporating the wisdom and experience of local societies.

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Consensus-building processes

The term “consensus-building” has been used to describe a wide range of activities that seek agreement by multiple stakeholders and the general public. The ambiguity of its definition, however, has made this term popular among scholars and policymakers who are interested in decisionmaking processes in the public arena. In fact, even congressional lobbying is sometimes considered part of a consensus-building effort.

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