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Ambiente & Sociedade

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Abstract

FOLADORI, Guillermo. Environmental sustainability and social contradictions. Ambient. soc. [online]. 1999, n.5, pp. 19-34. ISSN 1809-4422.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X1999000200003.

In this article we analyze the definitions and measures of sustainability. We show that while definitions include an inter-generation element and another of intra-generation equity, most of the measures only consider the former. We explain the methodological reasons for that, as well as demonstrating the possibility of including other criteria -such as social productivity and potential surplus- which explain environmental problems derived from social relations.

Keywords : sustainability; environment; sustainable development.

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