R EVIEW E SSAY Current Debates on Environment and Sustainability: Major Issues and Limits M. S hamsul H aque Department of Political Science National University of Singapore Alan Fowler (2000) The Virtuous Spiral: A Guide to Sustainability for Non- Government Organizations in International Development . London: Earthscan Publications. 225pp. ISBN 1-85383-610-9. David Pearce and Edward Barbier (2000) Blueprint for a Sustainable Economy. London: Earthscan Publications. 273pp. ISBN 1-85383-515-3. Michael Carley and Ian Christie (2000) Managing Sustainable Development , 2nd ed. London: Earthscan Publications. 322pp. ISBN 1-85383-440-8. Introduction In the current age, the issue of the environment and its sustainability rep- resents one of the most critical human concerns that has drawn global attention, generated worldwide discourse, and generated an enormous num- ber of international conventions, national institutions, and local non-gov- ernment organizations (NGOs). An environmentally sustainable mode of human development has gained increasing prominence due to catastrophic events and issues such as nuclear accidents, oil spills, the greenhouse e V ect, rise in sea levels, water pollution, deforestation, ozone depletion, land degra- dation, and a loss of biodiversity (Korten, 1990:14; Hempel, 1996:29). The idea of ‘sustainable development’, used in World Conservation Strategy: Living Resources Conservation for Sustainable Development
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