Sustainable Planet
Issues and Solutions for Our Environment's Future [2 volumes]
by Barbara J. McNicol, Editor
April 2021, 687pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5570-2
$214, £165, 187€, A294
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5571-9
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As understanding of the human impact on our environment increases around the globe, there is also a rising awareness that our actions aren’t sustainable.

Sustainable Planet is a two-volume resource that provides comprehensive coverage on the world's most pressing environmental issues, their impact in countries around the world, and how—or if—they are being addressed.

Sustainable Planet: Issues and Solutions for Our Environment’s Future examines contemporary challenges to sustainability, including population, climate change, decreasing biodiversity, land degradation, and water quality. Each chapter analyzes one of these challenges by first providing an introduction to the topic as well as key concepts to provide readers with a basic understanding of the issue. Essays deepen comprehension by investigating different aspects of the challenge.

Case studies written by experts in the field follow. Each case study considers how a specific country is affected by the particular issue as well as the measures the country is taking to find solutions that will provide for a more sustainable future. The final chapter of the book explores sustainability at a global level by examining, through annotated primary documents, a number of multinational initiatives and alliances intended to create a more sustainable planet.


  • Delivers comprehensive content that builds on introductory material, culminating in case studies that examine real-world problems and solutions
  • Examines the most important global sustainability issues as addressed by the United Nations and a number of sustainability degree programs across the country
  • Provides annotated primary documents, furthering understanding of the issues explored in the book
  • Includes interesting facts relevant to the discussion in sidebars generously sprinkled throughout the text
Barbara J. McNicol, PhD, was professor of geography in the earth and environmental sciences department at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from 2000 until her retirement in 2020. While there, she also served as the science and technology assistant director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) and chair of the Parks and Protected Areas Research Group (PPARG) of IES. McNicol has three degrees in geography with a minor in biology and a specialty in resource management and conservation and has published in a variety of books and journals. She has been an adjunct professor of geography in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary since 2001.


"The strength of this work is that it provides a good introduction to sustainability issues."—Booklist Online, July 21, 2021

"Recommended. General readers."—Choice, April 1, 2022
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