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World Regional and Cultural Footprints and Environmental Sustainability

Analysis of Socioeconomic Determinants

Ebenezer O. Aka

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The book examines the issues of sustainability in general. It addresses various socioeconomic determinants of ecological footprints in different world’s nations, regions, and cultures. Major socioeconomic determinants of ecological footprints are fleshed out using Comparative Model Analysis and rigorous Multiple Regression Analysis. The study exposes the inequitable distribution of the world’s ecological footprints and also heightens the concern about ecological imbalances and overshoots. It explains how sustainable development can be promoted and achieved in regional, national, and local jurisdictions. The study provides information that will likely help various governments and policy-makers determine if a given nation, region, or culture is on a sustainable path. It helps government leaders, planners, policy-makers, and even students of sustainability make a difference in mitigating the effects of various environmental stressors. If this book makes people and policy-makers in different countries, regions, and cultures think globally but act locally, then the objectives are well-served. « less more »
Hamilton Books
Pages: 368Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-0-7618-6864-4 • Hardback • April 2017 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-0-7618-6865-1 • eBook • April 2017 • $76.00 • (£49.95)
DR. EBENEZER OSITA AKA is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is the Director of Urban Studies Program; and was once the Interim Chair of Department of Political Science that includes, International Studies Program and Urban Studies Program at the College. His Bachelor of City and Regional Planning (BCRP, Cum Laude) and MA in Geography and Urban Planning (Magna Cum Laude) are from The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana; Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from Rutgers--- The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Dr. Aka is a member of Environmental Studies Group; Sustainability and Sustainable Energy Group; and Morehouse Research Institute (MRI) at the College. He is the author of a book, Regional Disparities in Nigeria’s Development: Lessons and Challenges for the 21st Century (University Press of America); as well as monographs, book chapters, and several articles and proceedings in various refereed and reputable journals, such as Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning; Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies (RURDS); The Journal of Public Sector Management; Journal of Social Development in Africa; African Urban Quarterly--- Journal of Comparative Urbanization and Planning in Africa; The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability; The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences; The National Social Science Journal (NSSJ); and American International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Aka’s Research Interests include: Comparative Urbanization and Planning; Urban and Regional Development & Revitalization; Regional Disparities; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications in Planning; and Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development.
Table of Contents

PROLOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
Purpose
Focus of Study
Significance of the Study
Limitations of the Study
Methodology of the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Variable Definitions
Comparative Model Analysis
Regression Analysis
References
Definition, Description, and Explanation of Terms on Sustainability and Environmental Footprints Concepts
CHAPTER 2: ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION: A CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
Introduction
Purpose of Study
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Results and Discussions
Population and Affluence on Total Ecological Footprints of Countries
World-System Positions, Ecostructural Factors, and Per Capita Ecological Footprints of Countries
Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity Conservation
Policy Recommendations
Conclusions
References
CHAPTER 3: BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION, AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
Introduction
Purpose of Study
Theoretical Argument for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Biodiversity Conservation Problems: Empirical Evidence
The U.S. Case
Biodiversity Conservation Prospects
Policy Recommendations and Prospects
Conclusions
References
CHAPTER 4: GENDER EQUITY AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: A CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS
Introduction
Purpose of Study
Theories and Counter-Movement Theories of Development
Methodology for the Study
Regional Socio-Demographic Trend, 1975-2015
Regional Economic Performance, 2002
Human Capital and Sustainable Development
Gender and Sustainable Development
Policy Suggestions and Recommendations
Conclusions
References
CHAPTER 5: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMIANTS OF NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS IN AFRICA: A MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORIAL IMPACTS
Introduction
Focus of the Study
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Comparative Model Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Total Footprint Per Capita, Biological Capacity, and Ecological Balance by World Regions
Human Development and Affluence on Biological Capacity, Ecological Footprint and balance in African Countries
Population, Ecostructural Factors, and Total Footprint Per Capita in African Countries
Regression Analysis and Regression Equation
Regression Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Policy Recommendations
Conclusions
References
Tables
Map of African Countries
CHAPTER 6: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS IN ORGANIZATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD) COUNTRIES: A MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORIAL IMPACTS
Introduction
Focus of the Study
Purpose of Study
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology of the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Comparative Model Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions from Fuel Combustion (in Million Tons) in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Countries: 2000-2005
Total Public (Government) Social Expenditure Per Head (at Current Prices and PPPs in US Dollars) in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Countries: 2000-2005
Human Development and Affluence on Biological Capacity, Ecological Footprint and Balance in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Countries
Population, Ecostructural Factors, and Total Footprint Per Capita in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Countries
Regression Analysis and Regression Equation
Regression Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Policy Recommendations
Appendix A: Variable Definitions
Appendix B: Regression Analysis Terms
References
Tables
CHAPTER 7: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS IN LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN: A MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORIAL IMPACTS
Introduction
Focus of the Study
Purpose of Study
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Comparative Model Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Per Capita Ecological Footprint, Biological Capacity, and Ecological Balance by World Regions
Human Development and Affluence on Biological Capacity, Ecological Footprint and Balance in Latin America and Caribbean Countries
Population, Ecostructural Factors, and Total Footprint Per Capita in Latin America and Caribbean Countries
Regression Analysis and Regression Equation
Regression Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Policy Recommendations
Conclusions
Appendix A: Variable Definitions
Appendix B: Regression Analysis Terms
References
Tables
Map of Latin America and the Caribbean
CHAPTER 8: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS IN MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA COUNTRIES: A MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORIAL IMPACTS
Introduction
Focus of the Study
Purpose of Study
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Comparative Model Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Human Development and Affluence on Biological Capacity, Ecological Footprint and Balance in Middle East and Central Asia Countries
Population, Ecostructural Factors, and Total Footprint Per Capita in Middle East and Central Asia Countries
Regression Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Policy Recommendations
Conclusions
References
Tables
Map of Middle East and Central Asia
CHAPTER 9: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES: A MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORIAL IMPACTS
Introduction
Focus of Study
Purpose of Study
The Economy
Women Issues and Development
Education
Health
Environment
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Comparative Model Analysis (Results and Discussions)
Per Capita Ecological Footprint, Biological Capacity, and Ecological Balance by World Regions in 2005
Human Development and Affluence on Biological Capacity, Ecological Footprint and Balance in Asia-Pacific Countries
Population, Ecostructural Factors, and Total Footprint Per Capita in Asia-Pacific Countries
Regression Analysis and Regression Equation
Policy Recommendations
Conclusions
Appendix A: Variable Definitions
Appendix B: Regression Analysis Terms
References
Tables
Map of Asia-Pacific Countries
CHAPTER 10: WORLD REGIONAL AND CULTURAL FOOTPRINTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: A SUMMARY OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS
Introduction
Focus of Study
Theoretical Framework for the Study
Methodology for the Study
Hypothesis for the Study
Variable Definitions
Comparative Model Analysis
Regression Analysis
Regression Analysis Results and Model Equations for Different Regions and Cultures
African Region Footprint Socioeconomic Determinants Model
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Region Footprint Socioeconomic Determinants Model
Latin America and Caribbean Region Footprint Socioeconomic Determinants Model
Middle East and Central Asia Region Footprint Socioeconomic Determinants Model
Asia-Pacific Region Footprint Socioeconomic Determinants Model
Policy Recommendations
Conclusions
References
Tables
EPILOGUE
The Future of Sustainability
References
LIST OF FIGURES
ALSO RECOMMENDED