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State of the World: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress toward a Sustainable Society

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The newest volume in the annual series that has become the bible of the global environmental movement--and indispensable for anyone concerned with the future of our world. State of the World 2000 provides national leaders and concerned citizens with a comprehensive framework for the global debate about our future in the new century. This annual survey by the award-winning Worldwatch Institute has become an invaluable analysis of negative environmental trends and a guide to ...
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The newest volume in the annual series that has become the bible of the global environmental movement--and indispensable for anyone concerned with the future of our world. State of the World 2000 provides national leaders and concerned citizens with a comprehensive framework for the global debate about our future in the new century. This annual survey by the award-winning Worldwatch Institute has become an invaluable analysis of negative environmental trends and a guide to emerging solutions.
The book shows how our current fossil-fueled, auto-centered, throwaway economy is steadily destroying the very ecosystems that form the foundations of our lives. The great challenge we face in the next century is making the transition to a sustainable economy that reuses and recycles materials, is powered by renewable energy sources, and has a stable population. The authors argue that meeting this challenge will offer some of the greatest investment opportunities in history. Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2000 presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.
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The Worldwatch Institute's research team examines worldwide social and environmental changes annually, using an interdisciplinary approach to explain topics like climate change, genetically engineered food, and information technologies in order to help people "transition to an environmentally sustainable economy." In this edition they look at some challenges of the new century, including rapid environmental change caused by more intensive farming in Honduras, mounting water deficits, the problems of nourishing the underfed and the overfed, phasing out persistent organic pollutants, dealing with the excessive growth in paper consumption, using micropower, creating jobs that help save the environment, and more. Students researching environmental issues will find this a scholarly but clearly written source of information on current concerns. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Norton, 278p, tables, notes, 24cm, $14.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: ; September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393318159
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Worldwatch Bks.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
List of Tables and Figures xiii
Foreword xvii
1 Challenges of the New Century 3
Environmental Trends Shaping the New Century
Replacing Economics with Ecology
Crossing the Sustainability Threshold
Crossing the Decline Threshold
Two Keys to Regaining Control of Our Destiny
2 Anticipating Environmental "Surprise" 22
Tropical Rainforests: The Inferno Beneath the Canopy
Coral: Death in the Warming Seas
The Atmosphere: An Invisible Confluence of Poisons
An Agenda for the Unexpected
3 Redesigning Irrigated Agriculture 39
Mounting Water Deficits
The New Water Wars
The Productivity Frontier
Expanding Irrigation to Poor Farmers
The Policy Challenge
4 Nourishing the Underfed and Overfed 59
A Malnourished World
The Roots of Hunger
The Creation of Overeating
Diet and Health
Societal Costs of Poor Diet
Nutrition First
5 Phasing Out Persistent Organic Pollutants 79
The World of POPs
Routes of Exposure and Environmental Fate
Health Consequences
The Policy Response to POPs
Retooling Regulations, Business, and Agriculture
6 Recovering the Paper Landscape 101
The Paper Landscape
Uncovering the Costs of Paper
Reducing the Burden of Production
Trimming the Costs of Consumption
Designing a Sustainable Paper Economy
7 Harnessing Information Technologies for the Environment 121
An Expanding Global Network
Squandering or Saving Natural Resources?
Monitoring and Modeling
Networking for Sustainable Development
Information Tools for a Healthy Planet
8 Sizing Up Micropower 142
Miniaturized Machines
Cool Power
Is Smaller Better?
Remaking Market Rules
How Far, How Fast?
9 Creating Jobs, Preserving the Environment 162
The World of Work
Boosting Resource Productivity
Environment Policy: Job Killer or Creator?
Restructuring Energy, Creating Jobs
Durability and Remanufacturing
Shifting Taxes
Rethinking Work
10 Coping with Ecological Globalization 184
Trading on Nature
The WTO Meets the Environment
Greening the International Financial Architecture
Innovations in Global Environmental Governance
Notes 203
Index 263
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