Problems of people and the humankind
We consider the major social, demographic, economic and energetic problems of the humankind in the view of the degrading biosphere.
Demography, ecological properties and rights of Homo sapiens
Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L. (2011) Have ecological human rights been globally lost? A conflict of ecological spatial requirements and cultural landscape opportunities in the modern Homo sapiens. "Landscape Ecology in Asian Cultures" (Eds. Hong S.-K., Wu J., Kim J.-E., Nakagoshi N.) Ecological Research Monographs, 2011, Part I, 129-137. doi: 10.1007/978-4-431-87799-8_10. Abstract.
Neglected aspects of the population numbers problem (mostly in Russian)
The Ecology of Man (Chapter 6 of Gorshkov 1995)
6.1. Behavioral Strategy of Mobile Animals; 6.2. Herd Animals; 6.3. Territorial Animals; 6.4. Genetic and Cultural Heritage; 6.5. The Ecological Niches of Man; 6.6. Climatological, Biological, and Ecological Limits of Energy Consumption by Man; 6.7. Science and Religion
Economics: abundance as a threat to stability
Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L. (2010) Comprehending ecological and economic sustainability: Comparative analysis of stability principles in the biosphere and free market economy. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1195, E1-E18. Abstract. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05400.x, first published as PNPI Preprint No. 2763.
Energetics of our civilization
Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L. (2008) Energy budget of the biosphere and civilization: Rethinking environmental security of global renewable and non-renewable resources. Ecological Complexity, 5, 281-288. Abstract.