Wikipedia: First references

Bearing in mind that this is a course without a textbook or two to feed your wikipedia logoreading and guide the discussions, we have turned instead to the web and more specifically in this section to the Wikipedia for a certain number of introductory pieces, as sources of useful first information on concepts, terms, phenomena and forces, many of which have a role in shaping the environment of the next decade (the scope of this seminar) and beyond (the scope of someone else’s).

Uses and limits of Wikipedia and other Wikis

The entries need to be treated with caution of course, but in many cases they make a good first-stop shop when you are looking into a topic area for the first time. You can think of them as a first-stop shop for researchers, journalists, students and the generally curious citizen. First-stop, but not last-stop shop. OK?

In fact a certain number of them are exceptionally good as introductions and provide references and links for those who wish to go further (an excellent and perhaps a bit surprising example is the entry on Design). But again, it’s just a start.

Some Key Dates (to 2010)

  1. 1961 – Death and Life of Great American Cities
  2. 1962 – Silent Spring
  3. 1968 – Club of Rome
  4. 1968 – Tragedy of the commons
  5. 1972 – United Nations Environment Programme
  6. 1972 – Limits to Growth
  7. 1973 – Small Is Beautiful
  8. 1983 – Brundtland Commission
  9. 1987 – Brundtland Report
  10. 1991 – Global Environment Facility
  11. 1992 – Earth Summit
  12. 2000 – Earth Charter
  13. 2006 – An Inconvenient Truth
  14. 2007 – Grenelle Environnement
  15. 2007 – Kyoto Protocol
  16. 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference

101 Key Terms that help define and redefine the field

  1. Agenda 21
  2. Basic Needs *
  3. Behavior/behavior change
  4. Big Data *
  5. Business ethics
  6. Car Free Day *
  7. Car sharing
  8. Carbon emission trading
  9. Carbon tax
  10. Carrying capacity *
  11. Circular Economy *
  12. Civil Society *
  13. Complex systems *
  14. Consilience
  15. Corporate social responsibility
  16. Creative destruction
  17. CSR
  18. Degrowth *
  19. Dematerialization *
  20. Design
  21. Digital footprint
  22. Eco-efficiency
  23. Ecological economics
  24. Ecological Footprint
  25. Economic inequality
  26. Emissions trading/Cap and Trade
  27. Environmental degradation
  28. Environmental economics
  29. Environmental movement
  30. Environmental Social and Corporate Governance
  31. Environmentalism
  32. Equity
  33. Exergy/exernomics
  34. Externalities
  35. Fracking (Hydraulic facturing)
  36. Friends of the Earth
  37. Full-cost pricing
  38. Futurology
  39. Gender and Sustainable Development *
  40. General Theory 
  41. Gini Coefficient *
  42. Globalization
  43. Globalization and Its Discontents
  44. Good governance
  45. Great Library of Alexandria
  46. Green politics
  47. Greenwashing
  48. Grenelle de l’environnement
  49. Gross domestic product
  50. Gross national happiness
  51. Human Development Index
  52. ICLEI – International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
  53. Industrial ecology
  54. Interegenerationality 
  55. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  56. International Union for Conservation of Nature
  57. Kyoto Protocol *
  58. Land value tax
  59. Millennium Development Goals
  60. Moore’s law
  61. NIMBY
  62. Oil reserves
  63. One Laptop per Child
  64. Open Data
  65. Peak oil
  66. Peak water
  67. Polluter pays principle
  68. Population ageing
  69. Precautionary principle
  70. Public participation
  71. Public–private partnership
  72. Quality of life
  73. Rebound effect (conservation)
  74. Resource depletion
  75. Sharing economy 
  76. Stabilization Wedge Game
  77. Strategic planning
  78. Sustainability
  79. Sustainable city
  80. Sustainable design
  81. Sustainable development
  82. Sustainable Development Timeline
  83. Sustainable transport
  84. Tax avoidance and tax evasion
  85. Technological unemployment
  86. The Skeptical Environmentalist
  87. Tyranny of small decisions
  88. United Nations Climate Change Conference – Paris 2015 *
  89. UN Commission on Sustainable Development
  90. UN Conference on the Human Environment
  91. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  92. UNIDO
  93. Universal access
  94. Urban sprawl
  95. Urban sprawl
  96. Value capture
  97. Virtual classroom
  98. Wikipedia (including the basics behind it as a reference) *
  99. World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  100. World population
  101. Zero–sum game

Other useful references here:

* Defining Figures – http://wp.me/p1zD54-xX

* Wikipedia: First references – http://wp.me/p1zD54-xU

* Sustainable Development  milestones –

* Previous term paper topics –

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s