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Towards sustainable economic practices, flows and spaces : or is the necessary impossible and the impossible necessary ?

Hudson, R. (2005) 'Towards sustainable economic practices, flows and spaces : or is the necessary impossible and the impossible necessary ?', Sustainable development., 13 (4). pp. 239-252.

Abstract

This paper focuses upon the sustainability of the economy in relation to nature and natural ecosystems. There are two main aspects to this relationship: consumption of natural resources; and generation of pollution and wastes because of economic practices of production, exchange and consumption. The paper addresses the extent to which both consumption of natural resources and production of pollution and wastes can be reduced and the economy and its constituent practices and spaces be made more sustainable, recognizing that sustainability involves cultural, political-economic and social dimensions as well as the impact of human activity on nature. A close and critical reading of the literatures on industrial ecology, industrial metabolism and natural capitalism provides an entry point into these issues. These literatures help identify the natural limits to economic practices but are themselves limited in their approach to issues of sustainability. The paper explores these latter limits and their implications.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Defining sustainability, Sustainable economic geographies, Eco-efficiency, Eco-modernization, Regulating transition.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.282
Record Created:07 Sep 2009 14:50
Last Modified:29 Sep 2009 16:45

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