The End of Sustainability

  title={The End of Sustainability},
  author={Melinda Harm Benson and Robin Kundis Craig},
  journal={Society \& Natural Resources},
  pages={777 - 782}
It is time to move past the concept of sustainability. The realities of the Anthropocene warrant this conclusion. They include unprecedented and irreversible rates of human-induced biodiversity loss, exponential increases in per-capita resource consumption, and global climate change. These factors combine to create an increasing likelihood of rapid, nonlinear, social and ecological regime changes. The recent failure of the Rio + 20 provides an opportunity to collectively reexamine—and… 
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