State of the World 2007: An Urban Planet

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“Top-ranked annual books on sustainable development.”—GlobeScan survey of sustainability experts
In State of the World 2007, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team focuses on the urbanization of our planet to provide policymakers, strategic planners, researchers, students, and concerned citizens with comprehensive analysis of the global environmental problems we face, together with descriptions of practical, innovative solutions. This report will show what is needed to foster sustainable cities on...

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Overview

“Top-ranked annual books on sustainable development.”—GlobeScan survey of sustainability experts
In State of the World 2007, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team focuses on the urbanization of our planet to provide policymakers, strategic planners, researchers, students, and concerned citizens with comprehensive analysis of the global environmental problems we face, together with descriptions of practical, innovative solutions. This report will show what is needed to foster sustainable cities on a planet where urban areas are home to half the human population and a far larger share of natural resource use.
Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2007 presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.

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Editorial Reviews

Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson
“The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries . . . on the global environment.”
KLIATT - Patricia Moore
Since by the end of 2008 one half of the world's population will live in cities, this clearly written report from the Worldwatch Institute focuses on the cities of the world, their strengths and their problems. Fully annotated chapters full of graphs, sidebars and tables report on such topics as clean water and sanitation, urban transportation, energy use in urban areas, public health and fighting poverty in the cities. Each chapter of general information is followed by one or two short essays giving illustrative examples of the chapter's topic. The chapter on "Energizing Cities," for example, is accompanied by short pieces on Rizhao, a solar-powered city in northern China, and Malmo, a city in Sweden that is building "a green future." This is a source of highly accessible information for the young adult reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393329230
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Series: State of the World Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (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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