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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (29 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844075206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844075201
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Goes deep into the details and presents the available scientific data for explaining the different issues using interdisciplinary approaches ... Extremely useful, especially [for] teachers.' Alexandre Kiss, formerly President, European Council on Environmental Law 'This is the most thoughtful, interdisciplinary and practical introduction to sustainable development that I have read. It is an outstanding contribution to the fi eld and it is recommended as an excellent source for academics, researchers and students. It is particularly useful for the insights into global, regional and economic aspects and makes workable suggestions for the way forward.' Professor Donna Craig, Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia 'The authors use uncomplicated language and simple illustrations to explain the underlying concepts of sustainable development. The book provides an in valuable introduction to the subject for students, professionals and the lay public.' Ralph Mitchell, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Biology, Harvard University, USA 'This excellent book is a must for libraries, students and researchers in environmental law. The authors bring with them a wealth of practical experience from different dimensions ... and provide a refreshing insight into the issues posed by the environment.' Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng-Lian of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore 'A truly worthwhile compendium focusing on sustainable development issues.' Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations 'The conceptual breadth is impressive. The examples and many graphics are appealing ... downright useful.' Richard Forman, Professor of Landscape Ecology, Harvard School of Design, USA 'It is a wonderful presentation of a diverse set of information.' Professor Allan Freeze, former Professor and Director in the Geological Engineering Program at the University of British Columbia, Canada 'A seminal and highly readable book.' Charles Okidi, Professor, Institute for Development Studies, and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies on Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP), University of Nairobi, Kenya 'covers a wide range of interesting topics' European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol 36 'I found this book to be an excellent introductory text to the real world concept of sustainable development...accessible, well-structured and particularly infromative.' Harrison, J ( 2010), International Journal of Environment and Pollution. 'The reader is encouraged, through a number of useful real world examples, to apprecate the concept from multiple angles, and is supported in doing so by the presentation of numerous excellent figures and diagrams on the topic.' Harrison, J ( 2010), International Journal of Environment and Pollution.

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Peter P. Rogers is Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering and Professor of City Planning, Harvard University, USA. Kazi F. Jalal is a lecturer at Harvard�s Extension School and was Chief of the Offi ce of Environment and Social Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). John A. Boyd, formerly a lawyer at ADB, has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Extension School and served as an ADB Principal Sector Specialist on Sustainable Development.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renaud Di Francesco on 2 Oct 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
An Introduction to Sustainable Development, by Peter P Rogers, Kazi F Jalal & John A Boyd
This book has a few chapters which connect well with the problems of starting economic analysis where market prices may not be available or not be the only criterion:
-their chapter 9 on the economics of sustainability, chapter 10 on externalities, valuation and time externalities, and chapter 11 on natural resource accounting.
It may serve as an eye opener for new areas of Economics, and an encouragement to develop models in certain directions.
Worth reading.
My own interest was to try and see if any of the approaches extrapolates to new areas in the economics of digital
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A Rigorous Resource for the SD Field 1 Dec 2010
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I am a professor of International Education Policy and economic development at Vanderbilt University and have recently adopted this book for advanced undergraduates and first year graduate students.

This text provides, far more than others I reviewed, a thorough overview of the various dimensions of sustainable development (SD). Where other reviews may have faulted the book for tying most of these dimensions to economics, I celebrate this aspect as both realistic and forward thinking. The editorial reviewer is absolutely correct that the "conceptual depth is impressive"; it is also accurate and appropriately interdisciplinary. I suspect some will find the book too rigorous despite a clear need for such a book in the SD field.

From the history and bases of SD thought to the international players that determine much of development policy, this text provides readers with a solid tour de force into the world of sustainable development. Its emphases on natural resource allocation, public policy, economic policy, social context and global cooperation offers a strong framework for understanding and analyzing the numerous elements of SD.

If there is one area where the book is less than ideal, it is in its treatment of the dimensions of global health. The authors should take a look at the new OPHI Working Papers and UNDP 2010 Human Development Report and recognize that human health constitutes a significant portion of sustainable development. Hopefully, they will include more on this in the second edition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
SUS 101 7 April 2012
By Leland L. Liu - Published on
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This is a selected textbook for my course on Sustainability. The author gave a very good description on the environmental development in America. It is well written and easy to read. I have a much better knowledge on this subject after reading the book. The cost and quality of the book are good and it arrived timely. Happy with my purchase.
Five Stars 26 Sep 2014
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good purchase 27 Sep 2011
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I like the product but I don't need 20 words to rate something, I can impersonally stop at just saying four stars is how I feel about this book I bought for school.
7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A biased book 29 Nov 2007
By Avi - Published on
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Firstly, I'll start from positive side. This book is very helpful resource for many numbers and events. Moreover, it is organized (divided into subtitles and sentences are bulleted), but I always lost track along with those many bullets. Some chapters are not really bad. At least I thought that if I need some dates or names of organization, events, I learnt where I can find them easily (but Google is much easier, in fact). That's all my positive words.

Now the negative points:
Firstly keep in mind that that's introduction. It'll introduce you a lot of concepts which may familiar to you (mainly you feel that you are reading your old diary). Then it won't suggest any solution. From the reader's point of view, this book is totally written from the economist's view therefore overlooked some points regarding environment and failed to mention that environment is part of the sustainable development. Some information is a bit odd. I mean the mentioned standards in this book are not practiced in real-life. Moreover, most of examples biased towards favor of World Bank and other financial international organizations.

Overall, this book poorly helped me to understand better about sustainable development due to its simplicity and bias, although I should mention that some (comparatively a few) ideas mentioned through the book were worth to read.
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