Category Archives: Environment, Energy, Resources, and Sustainable Development

energy consumption — hidden assumptions

After reading Stauffer’s article, what other hidden assumptions regarding energy production and consumption can you identify? Consider everything – changing living and working patterns, consumption patterns of various socioeconomic classes, post-industrial society, concepts and patterns of “growth,” values, etc.

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urbanization and its impacts

In what ways will increasing urbanization – and its impacts on family size – impact environmental degradation and resource consumption? In turn, what “wild cards” might impact the urbanization trend?

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what difference does type of consumption make?

Many environmental problems and climate change issues are associated with overpopulation – but to what extent is the level and type of consumption a factor (i.e., if the entire world were a US or Western Europe look-alike in terms of … Continue reading

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