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Contemporary Crises and Sustainability Indicators

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2014, pp 100-107
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2014.02.0009
Aleksander Zidansek1,2, Marko Limbek3, Ivo Slaus4,5
1 Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2 Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Slovenia
3 Episcenter, Ljubljana, Slovenia
4 Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
5 Dag Hammarskjold University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia


Following six decades of fastest economic and technological development in history, the current crises have been triggered by collapse of unsustainable financial systems. The extent of these contemporary interconnected crises of economic, societal, environmental, financial and other systems has also shown a need to reevaluate the measurement of sustainable development. Although the existing sustainability indicators are very complex, interdisciplinary and multidimensional, they could neither predict the onset of the crises nor their extent. Therefore relations between indicators of sustainability, technological development and happiness are presented and discussed also in terms of some of the current crises. Some possible solutions are also presented, which could be used for better measurement of life quality and could potentially replace the Gross Domestic Product as the prevailing measure of development.

Keywords: Crisis, Sustainability indicators, Happiness, Life satisfaction, Technology indicators

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