Earth’s Life-Supporting Buffers: Technology and Knowledge to Sustain Society

By Peter E. Black.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper: (1) identifies an apparent universal pattern (from atom to universe), involving asymmetrical distribution of natural resources and/or support systems, including energy, matter, biota, water, carbon, and perhaps even time; (2) suggests an approach for creative policies (strategies) and management (tactics) of our natural resources for human sustainability; and (3) points a way for humankind to avoid what appears to me to be disastrous impacts of global warming caused by our burning of fossil fuels, also illuminated by the pattern. Earth’s natural major support system includes biodiversity, of particular importance to all. We have a model for how to counter the threat. It is the pattern itself. It might work.

Keywords: Buffers, Resource Management, Environments from Atom to Cosmos, Human Sustainability

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.77-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.279MB).

Dr. Peter E. Black

Emertritus Professor, Water and Related Land Resources, Forest and Natural Resources Management, New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, Syracuse, USA

Peter E. Black taught and conducted research at SUNY since 1965. He received BSF and MF degrees from The University of Michigan in 1956 and 1958, and the PhD in Watershed Management from Colorado State University in 1961 He served as a Research Forester at the US Forest Service’ Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in North Carolina from 1956 to 1959, and taught at Humboldt State College in Arcata, CA from 1961 to 1965. He has given numerous short courses and workshops on watershed hydrology and regularly speaks at professional and NGO meetings as well as working with community organizations on water resources education and sustainability. Black has published an educational film, numerous articles on hydrology and water resources, and three books entitled Environmental Impact Analysis (1981), Conservation of Water and Related Land Resources (Third Edition, 2001); and Watershed Hydrology (Second Edition, 1996) and is the creator of Water Drops, two-minute informative public information essays on water science, culture, policy, and organizations.


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