Conditional sustainability
by Steven D. Prager, John T. Pierce
International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD), Vol. 9, No. 3, 2006

Abstract: This paper presents the methodology and findings of a research effort designed to improve understanding regarding the relationship between economy and environment. The more that economic activity and development become uncoupled from physical throughput of natural capital, the greater the possibility for sustainability of both the economic and natural systems. While gains in energy efficiency, substitution, and technology have contributed to the gradual decoupling of throughput of natural capital from economic activity, there exists the counterforce of growth in population and increases in consumption. Using an analytical structure called conditional sustainability, this paper evaluates the nature of the changing relationship between economic activity and the environment, and assesses the degree to which throughput has been (and can be) decoupled from economic growth and development in support of sustainable development.

Online publication date: Sun, 18-Mar-2007

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email