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Crisis Sciences for Sustainability beyond the Limits of Management and Policy

  • Shigeo Atsuji
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS)


In his work Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, J. Diamond analyzes the collapse of the Easter Island and Maya civilizations, establishing that population increase resulted in food shortage and forest depletion and that these environmental changes brought about the destruction of cities. In another of his works, Guns, Germs, and Steel, he traces the development of civilization and technology from the steel blade through the gun to nuclear power and points to human-made disaster with population explosion, differential gaps, and wars as a cause of civilizational collapse [1]. Among the triggers of collapse cited are biological factors such as plague and HIV infection and infectious pathogens spread from livestock food sources (smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, influenza, whooping cough, and malaria) [2].


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  • Shigeo Atsuji
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  1. 1.Kansai UniversityKyotoJapan

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