Books

Sengupta, R. and A. K. Sinha (Eds) (2003)

Challenge of Sustainable Development: the Indian Dynamics(New Delhi, Manak)

Abstract:

The book is the product of a symposium on Population, Life Support and Human Development in India held at CDEP, IIM Calcutta, February 2001. The papers presented in the symposium by eminent scholars from all over India, centered around the issue of the carrying capacity of planet earth. This issue is especially relevant in India where population growth and levels of poverty have caused deep concern about the adequacy of resources, in terms of volume, distribution and quality. The importance of life support systems such as air, water and food are discussed. Keeping with the main trend of contemporary thinking and research, the issues of urban congestion and waste management, along with problems pertaining to adequacy of access to education and health services are also discussed. Though social in nature, they constitute equally important life support systems. The carrying capacity is a function of technology and socio-economic institutions. The papers of the book address these issues too.

Sengupta, R. and A. K. Sinha (Eds) (2002)

Proceedings of the Symposium on Population, Life Support and Human Development in Indiaheld at CDEP, IIM Calcutta, February 2001, forthcoming.

Abstract:

The papers presented in the symposium by eminent scholars from all over India, centered around the issue of the carrying capacity of planet earth. This issue is especially relevant in India where population growth and levels of poverty have caused deep concern about the adequacy of resources, in terms of volume, distribution and quality. The importance of life support systems such as air, water and food are discussed. Keeping with the main trend of contemporary thinking and research, the issues of urban congestion and waste management, along with problems pertaining to adequacy of access to education and health services are also discussed. Though social in nature, they constitute equally important life support systems. The carrying capacity is a function of technology and socio-economic institutions. The papers address these issues too.

Mukhopadhyay, K, (2002)

Energy Consumption Changes and CO2 Emissions in India(New Delhi, Allied Publishers)

Abstract:

The book addresses the issue of energy and environment in India. It is an exhaustive treatment of energy consumption changes and CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion in India during pre oil crisis to economic reform period (1968-69 to 1996-97). The book has also identified the sources of energy consumption changes using Input-Output Structural Decomposition Analysis. Further, the work estimates and discusses CO2 emissions and also forecasts energy consumption and CO2 emissions during Tenth Five Year Plan. Policies are suggested for efficient utilization of energy and mitigation of CO2 emissions.

Sengupta, R. (2000)

Ecology and Economics (New Delhi, Oxford University Press)

Abstract:

The two-way linkage between nature and economy through resource flows and wastes has an important bearing on the enquiry into the well being of the society. This book is a comprehensive study of the ecological systems, and offers a new dimension to the widely studied interface of ecology and economics. It covers a wide range of issues, including the conflicting paradigms of ecology and economics, bio-geo-chemical cycles, role of nature as source and sink, and population ecology. The author enriches his analysis with examples and case studies from the Indian context. He also discusses the role of technology and human values in the sustainability of the environment. For students, researchers, scholars, and the general readers interested in ecological economics, this book will provide deep insights on how the ecological system works in interaction with the human economic activities, with varying directions of causality.