EPA Science Inventory

Sustainability - What are the Odds? Guessing the Future of our Environment, Economy, and Society

Citation:

Jordan, Steve. Sustainability - What are the Odds? Guessing the Future of our Environment, Economy, and Society. Humanities. MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland, 2:119-127, (2013).

Description:

This article examines the concept of sustainability from a global perspective, describing how alternative futures might develop in the environmental, economic, and social dimensions. The alternatives to sustainability appear to be (a) a catastrophic failure of life support, economies, and societies, or (b) a radical technological revolution (singularity). The case is made that solutions may be found by developing a global vision of the future, estimating the probabilities of possible outcomes from multiple indicators, and looking holistically for the most likely paths to sustainability. Finally, an intuitive vision of these paths is offered as a starting point for discussion.

Purpose/Objective:

This article is to be submitted to the journal Solutions, as a Perspective. It offers a new perspective on sustainability its value for considering the future of the world's environment, economy, and society.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 04/10/2014
Completion Date: 04/10/2014
Record Last Revised: 04/06/2015
Record Created: 04/10/2014
Record Released: 04/10/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 273040

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

IMMEDIATE OFFICE