Earth Policy Reader

Overview

Award-winning environmental analyst Lester R. Brown and his colleagues chart progress in building the eco-economy, an economy that is compatible with the earth's ecosystem.
Brown explains, for example, why wind-generated electricity with its abundance and falling cost is emerging as the foundation of the new post-fossil fuel energy economy: now cheaper than electricity from coal, oil, or natural gas, it can be used to electrolyze water and produce hydrogen, the fuel of choice ...

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Overview

Award-winning environmental analyst Lester R. Brown and his colleagues chart progress in building the eco-economy, an economy that is compatible with the earth's ecosystem.
Brown explains, for example, why wind-generated electricity with its abundance and falling cost is emerging as the foundation of the new post-fossil fuel energy economy: now cheaper than electricity from coal, oil, or natural gas, it can be used to electrolyze water and produce hydrogen, the fuel of choice for the new fuel cell engines that every major automobile manufacturer is working on. And since an eco-economy relies heavily on recycling materials already in the system, such as steel and aluminum, we learn how, in this new economy, recycling industries will largely replace mining industries. Bringing together in one volume the essential Eco-Economy Updates that are distributed worldwide over the Internet and published in the world's leading newspapers, The Earth Policy Reader monitors the shift from the old economy to the new.

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[Lester Brown is] a far-reaching thinker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324068
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Lester R. Brownis the founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch Institutes. He has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, and twenty-five honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Janet Larsen is an author and the director of research for Earth Policy Institute. She has written on topics ranging from natural resources availability to population growth and climate change. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute, Janet worked at Worldwatch Institute, providing research support for State of the World and contributing to Vital Signs.

Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts is a research assistant in natural resources and environmental science for the Center for Sustainable Systems. He lives in Michigan.

Earth Policy Institute was founded in 2001 by Lester Brown with the goal of designing global sustainability plans. The EPI has so far published seven books along with shorter publications such as the Plan B Updates series.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 The Economic Costs of Ecological Deficits
Deserts Invading China 7
Advancing Deserts Gaining Momentum
From Ecological Deficits to Dust Bowl
Spreading Deserts: The Response
The National Costs of Failure
The Worldwide Effect of Failure
Assessing the Food Prospect 29
Soil: Surplus to Deficit
The Fast-Growing Water Deficit
The Changing Food Economy
The Soybean Factor
Future Food Security
Facing the Climate Challenge 59
The Rising Costs of Climate Change
Restructuring the Energy Economy
Building the Wind-Hydrogen Economy
Fixing the Market
2 Eco-Economy Indicators: Twelve Trends to Track
Population Growing by 80 Million Annually 87
Economic Growth Losing Momentum 91
Grain Harvest Growth Slowing 95
Fish Catch Leveling Off 99
Forest Cover Shrinking 103
Water Scarcity Spreading 108
Carbon Emissions Climbing 112
Global Temperature Rising 116
Ice Melting Everywhere 119
Wind Electric Generation Soaring 124
Bicycle Production Breaks 100 Million 129
Solar Cell Sales Booming 133
3 Eco-Economy Updates
Energy and Climate
U.S. Farmers Double Cropping Corn and Wind Energy 143
The Rise and Fall of the Global Climate Coalition 148
Climate Change Has World Skating on Thin Ice 153
OPEC Has World Over a Barrel Again 158
Wind Power: The Missing Link in The Bush Energy Plan 164
Population and Health
Population Growth Sentencing Millions to Hydrological Poverty 169
Africa Is Dying - It Needs Help 174
HIV Epidemic Restructuring Africa's Population 180
Obesity Threatens Health in Exercise-Deprived Societies 185
Iran's Birth Rate Plummeting at Record Pace 190
Food, Land, and Water
Paving the Planet: Cars and Crops Competing for Land 195
Dust Bowl Threatening China's Future 200
Worsening Water Shortages Threaten China's Food Security 205
World's Rangelands Deteriorating Under Mounting Pressure 210
Forests, Fisheries, and Disappearing Species
Fish Farming May Overtake Cattle Ranching as a Food Source 215
Our Closest Relatives Are Disappearing 221
Illegal Logging Threatens Ecological and Economic Stability 226
Ecological Economics
Green Power Purchases Growing 231
New York: Garbage Capital of the World 236
Tax Shifting on the Rise 241
Notes 247
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