State of the World 2004: Progress Towards a Sustainable Society

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In State of the World 2004, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team focuses on consumption, pointing to the many ways in which our consumption habits drive ecological and social deterioration, as well as how these habits can be redirected to reinforce environmental and social goals.
As always, State of the World 2004 provides government officials, journalists, professors, students, and concerned citizens with a comprehensive analysis of the global environmental ...

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Overview

In State of the World 2004, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team focuses on consumption, pointing to the many ways in which our consumption habits drive ecological and social deterioration, as well as how these habits can be redirected to reinforce environmental and social goals.
As always, State of the World 2004 provides government officials, journalists, professors, students, and concerned citizens with a comprehensive analysis of the global environmental problems we face along with detailed descriptions of practical, innovative solutions like charting the most environmentally sound path to a hydrogen-fueled economy, or accelerating the rapidly growing conversion of farmers worldwide to organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2004 presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.

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Adult/High School-From the moment they awake in the morning to bedtime at night, Americans are among the 1.7 billion people who are the megaconsumers, using most of the world's energy and eating almost all highly processed food. Unfortunately, that leaves 2.8 billion people living in poverty, hunger, and on a planet running out of resources. Sponsored by the World Watch Institute, this book should be read by every stakeholder on Earth, who will never take the everyday consumption of industrial products for granted again. Included in the dozens of issues covered is the environmental toll made by the annual production of four trillion plastic trash bags, and luxury foods such as shark-fin soup. The authors also offer thought-provoking solutions for solving the environmental issues presented. Even though it's chock-full of statistics and details, the book is fascinating and flows well. Its focus on the negative aspects of our consumer society, and the resulting excessive consumption will help teens relate to how their individual actions directly affect the global environment. A wonderful book for students interested in environmental issues and to stimulate class discussions.-John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393325393
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Series: State of the World Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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 xii
Foreword xv
Preface xvii
State of the World: A Year in Review xxi
1 The State of Consumption Today 3
Behind the Scenes: Plastic Bags 22
2 Making Better Energy Choices 24
Behind the Scenes: Computers 44
3 Boosting Water Productivity 46
Behind the Scenes: Antibacterial Soap 66
4 Watching What We Eat 68
Behind the Scenes: Bottled Water, Chicken, Chocolate, Shrimp, Soda 86
5 Moving Toward a Less Consumptive Economy 96
Behind the Scenes: Cell Phones 120
6 Purchasing for People and the Planet 122
Behind the Scenes: Paper 142
7 Linking Globalization, Consumption, and Governance 144
Behind the Scenes: Cotton T-shirts 162
8 Rethinking the Good Life 164
Notes 181
Index 235
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