State of the World 2002: The Worldwatch Institute Report

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In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, State of the World 2002 evaluates what has been achieved since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Ten years ago, the leaders of the world produced a plan to begin creating a sustainable global economy, one that meets human needs while protecting and restoring the natural environment. How much progress has the world made toward that goal?

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Overview

In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, State of the World 2002 evaluates what has been achieved since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Ten years ago, the leaders of the world produced a plan to begin creating a sustainable global economy, one that meets human needs while protecting and restoring the natural environment. How much progress has the world made toward that goal?

With State of the World 2002 as your guide, you will learn about the problems facing the delegates in Johannesburg as they try to answer this question -- from today's severe inequalities of wealth and income (1.2 billion people live on $1 a day or less) to environmental threats such as climate change, growing numbers of tourists in fragile areas, and the proliferation of toxic chemicals.

The authors also shed light on the possibilities for change and how existing technologies and resources can help solve many of our most pressing problems. Using renewables like wind power, the energy economy can be converted from oil to hydrogen. Poor farmers can grow more food by taking advantage of "free" biological services, like nitrogen-fixing plants and beneficial insects. And women can have fewer children when they have a chance to get an education and to act on their own decisions on when to have children.

State of the World 2002 spells out priorities for the Johannesburg Summit in seven key areas: agriculture, energy policy and climate change, chemicals, international tourism, population growth, resource-based conflicts, and global governance. Decisions made today can make all the difference in our efforts to build a more stable and secure world in the future.

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E. O. Wilson
The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries...on the global environment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393050530
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: State of the World Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit research and publishing organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures xiii
Foreword xvii
Preface xix
1 The Challenge for Johannesburg: Creating a More Secure World 3
The Toll on Nature
Caring for People
Pioneering a New Economic Model
Looking Ahead
2 Moving the Climate Change Agenda Forward 24
Science Evolving
New Views on Technology and Economics
Climate Policy: Theory and Practice
The Business of Climate Change
The Political Weather Vane
3 Farming in the Public Interest 51
The Rise of Dysfunctional Farming
Hunger Amidst Plenty
The Nature of Farming
Why Care About Rural Areas?
Ethical Eating
4 Reducing Our Toxic Burden 75
The Chemical Economy
Old Metals, New Threats: Lead and Mercury
POPs and Precaution
The Changing International Field
Environmental Democracy and Markets
Technological Changes and Opportunities
Moving Forward
5 Redirecting International Tourism 101
A Global Industry
A Force for Development?
Environmental Impacts of Tourism
Ecotourism--Friend or Foe?
Toward a Sustainable Tourism Industry
6 Rethinking Population, Improving Lives 127
The World by Numbers
The Ecology of Population
Healthy Reproduction, Healthy Families
The Politics of Population
Correcting Gender Myopia
7 Breaking the Link Between Resources and Repression 149
The Relationship Between Resources and Conflict
Anatomy of Resource Conflicts
How Conflicts Are Financed by Natural Resource Pillage
How Resource Extraction Triggers Conflict
Sanctions, Certification Systems, and Economic Diversification
8 Reshaping Global Governance 174
Reinvigorating International Environmental Governance
Striking a Global Fair Deal
New Global Actors
Democratizing Global Governance
Notes 199
Index 255
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