Towards a Sociology of Environmental Flows. The emerging sociology of networks and flows, as it can be found in the works of Castells and Urry among others, offers promising perspectives for environmental sociology in rethinking its principle object of study: nature and environment. The sociology of flow perspective takes us beyond the nation-state, helps us to rethink global dynamics, puts an emphasis on the ?material dimension? of the social and provides new insights into issues of equality and power in relation to environmental flows. Next to these positive points to be derived from the works of Castells and Urry, environmental sociologists will be also confronted with problems or dilemma?s when working within a network and flow perspective. Noteworthy in this respect are Castells? relation between the space of flows and the space of place and Urry?s emphasis of natural science dynamics at the expense of human agency. When these problems are dealt with in an adequate way, the sociology of networks and flows can help to formulate a new agenda for 21st century environmental sociology. By Arthur P.J. Mol and Gert Spaargaren.
By GLOBUS Institute for Globalization and Sustainable Development, Netherlands.
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Development, Growth and the Environment. What is the relationship between the natural economy and economic growth in less developed countries? "Economic Development, Environmental Degradation and the Persistence of Deprivation in Poor Countries" by Partha Dasgupta.
Are We Consuming Too Much? Is our use of Earth?s resources endangering the economic possibilities open to our descendants? An attempt at an answer is provided in this paper by Kenneth Arrow, Gretchen Daily, Partha Dasgupta, Paul Ehrich, Lawrence Goulder, Geoffrey Heal, Simon Levin, Karl-Göran Mäler, Stephen Schneider, David Starrett, and Brian Walker.
A Dow Jones Index for Nature. Is it possible to construct a composite indicator for measuring the development of biodiversity? The Natural Capital Index captures changes in biodiversity as changes in the makeup of important ecosystems such as forest, grassland, tundra and deserts. "Biodiversity indicators for the OECD Environmental Outlook and Strategy" is published by the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment.
By National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands.
Biodiversity indicators for the OECD Environmental Outlook and Strategy