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Reconciling a positive ecological balance with human development: A quantitative assessment

Tamburino, Lucia and Bravo, Giangiacomo (2021). Reconciling a positive ecological balance with human development: A quantitative assessment. Ecological Indicators. 129 , 107973
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Clear indicators and evaluation criteria are essential to keep humanity's environmental impact within planetary boundaries. We introduce a new criterion based on two constraints, accounting for both ecological and human sustainability. The ecological constraint is defined through a novel indicator, the eco-balance, grounded on the well known concept of ecological footprint and the new concept of population biodensity. The human sustainability constraint is based on the estimated level of biocapacity consumption needed to achieve an acceptable level of human development. The application of our criterion to world countries shows where technological improvements and changes in consumption patterns are sufficient to reach sustainability, and where actions on population and/or restoring ecological capital are also needed. This highlights synergic patterns going beyond simplistic schemes, such as overconsumption vs. overpopulation or developed vs. developing countries.

Authors/Creators:Tamburino, Lucia and Bravo, Giangiacomo
Title:Reconciling a positive ecological balance with human development: A quantitative assessment
Series Name/Journal:Ecological Indicators
Year of publishing :2021
Article number:107973
Number of Pages:9
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Keywords:Sustainability criteria, Population density, Biocapacity, Per capita impact
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Web of Science (WoS)000681696400008
ID Code:25101
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
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Deposited On:30 Aug 2021 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2021 12:31

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