Policy ForumENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

Sustainability Science

Science  27 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5517, pp. 641-642
DOI: 10.1126/science.1059386

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Summary

Meeting fundamental human needs while preserving Earth's life support systems will require an accelerated transition toward sustainability. A new field of sustainability science is emerging that seeks to understand the fundamental character of interactions between nature and society and to encourage those interactions along more sustainable trajectories. Such an integrated, place-based science will require new research strategies and institutional innovations to enable them especially in developing countries still separated by deepening divides from mainstream science. Sustainability science needs to be widely discussed in the scientific community, reconnected to the political agenda for sustainable development, and become a major focus for research.

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