The Physical Status of the Fragile Planet

  • A. Coskun Samli

It is simply ironic that at this point in time we can destroy the world with all the super nuclear bombs we have, but we have no solution to nuclear, toxic, and human waste problems. The planet is not growing, but its population is growing at a very fast pace. As its population grows, its resources deplete and its environment deteriorates. Attaining environmental sustainability and just maintaining a normal quality of life are difficult enough, but adding on to these the cultural clashes and militaristic demarcation that are discussed earlier is clearly leading the fragile planet that we live in into very questionable state of survival and continuity.

The United States, for instance, is accountable for only about four percent of the world’s population and is responsible for about 25 percent of the toxic and environmentally questionable emissions. Here the role of industrialized and fast-industrializing countries’ actions must be questioned. When Country A is polluting and Country B is...


Environmental Responsibility Sustainable Yield Military Expenditure Public Cost Greed Factor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Brown, Lester R. (2004), Mother Earth News, April/May.Google Scholar
  2. Brown, Lester R. (2002), “Planning For the Eco-Economy (Ecology),” USA Today Magazine, March.Google Scholar
  3. Carey, John (2004), “Global Warming,” Business Week, August 16, 60–69.Google Scholar
  4. Ember, Lois (2001), “Environment Protection,” Chemical and Engineering News, April 8, 4.Google Scholar
  5. Friedman, Thomas L. (2000), The Lexus and The Olive Tree, New York: Achor Books.Google Scholar
  6. Kotler, Philip (2002), Marketing Management, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.Google Scholar
  7. Lomborg, Bjorn (2001), “The Truth About the Environment,” in Globalisation, 232–238, London: The Economist.Google Scholar
  8. Malthus, Thomas, Huxley, Julian, and Osborn, Frederick (1960), Three Essays On Population, New York: Mentor Books.Google Scholar
  9. McMichael, Anthony C., Butler, C. D., Folke, Carl (2003), “New Visions for Addressing Sustainability,” Science, December 12, 1919–1925.Google Scholar
  10. Samli, A. Coskun (2000), Empowering The American Consumer, Westport, CT: Quorum Books.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North FloridaJacksonvilleUSA

Personalised recommendations