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

What are the causes of the degradation of the biosphere?

Homo sapiens — the rightless animal?

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. pdf

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

How much, whom to, and why does the civilization overpay for oil?

Oil and economic slavery in the 21st century

Matter and energy conservation laws in economics

Modern economic instability and the problem of surplus distribution from a natural science viewpoint

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. pdf 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. pdf