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Unformatted text preview: re 7) (after (Prescott-Allen 2001)) shows the composite HWI and EWI scores for the U.S. and a sample of other countries for comparison. Note that the U.S. plots in the “almost unsustainable” field because its ecosystem wellbeing index (EWI) is low. No countries plot in the “sustainable” or “almost sustainable" fields. Sweden is the closest to being sustainable, plotting squarely in the “medium” field, while Canada, Norway, Costa Rica, and Russia also plot in the medium field. Clearly our society has a long way to go before we achieve sustainability. Figure 7. IUCN sustainability diagram. Data from Prescott-Allen (2001). Biocapacity and the Ecological Footprint Nature cannot be fooled. - Richard Feynman, American physicist The economic and technological triumphs of the past few years have not solved as many problems as we thought they would, and, in fact, have brought us new problems we did not foresee. - Henry Ford II Sustainability is a balance between supply and demand of social, economic, and environ...
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