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Sustainability—What Are the Odds? Envisioning the Future of Our Environment, Economy and Society
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1 Sabine Island Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA
Received: 15 January 2013; in revised form: 21 March 2013 / Accepted: 21 March 2013 / Published: 26 March 2013
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: catastrophe; singularity; forecasting; technology; natural resources; probability
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Jordan, S.J. Sustainability—What Are the Odds? Envisioning the Future of Our Environment, Economy and Society. Humanities 2013, 2, 119-127.
Jordan SJ. Sustainability—What Are the Odds? Envisioning the Future of Our Environment, Economy and Society. Humanities. 2013; 2(2):119-127.
Jordan, Stephen J. 2013. "Sustainability—What Are the Odds? Envisioning the Future of Our Environment, Economy and Society." Humanities 2, no. 2: 119-127.