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Eco-Economy
     

Eco-Economy

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by Lester R. Brown
 

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ISBN-10: 0393321932

ISBN-13: 9780393321937

Pub. Date: 11/17/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"One of the world's most influential thinkers."—Washington Post
In 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus challenged the view that the Sun revolved around the Earth, arguing instead that the Earth revolved around the Sun. His paper led to a revolution in thinking—to a new worldview. Eco-Economy discusses the need today for a similar shift in our

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"One of the world's most influential thinkers."—Washington Post
In 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus challenged the view that the Sun revolved around the Earth, arguing instead that the Earth revolved around the Sun. His paper led to a revolution in thinking—to a new worldview. Eco-Economy discusses the need today for a similar shift in our worldview. The issue now is whether the environment is part of the economy or the economy is part of the environment. Lester R. Brown argues the latter, pointing out that treating the environment as part of the economy has produced an economy that is destroying its natural support systems. Brown notes that if China were to have a car in every garage, American style, it would need 80 million barrels of oil a day—more than the world currently produces. If paper consumption per person in China were to reach the U.S. level, China would need more paper than the world produces. There go the world's forests. If the fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economic model will not work for China, it will not work for the other 3 billion people in the developing world—and it will not work for the rest of the world. But Brown is optimistic as he describes how to restructure the global economy to make it compatible with the Earth's ecosystem so that economic progress can continue. In the new economy, wind farms replace coal mines, hydrogen-powered fuel cells replace internal combustion engines, and cities are designed for people, not cars. Glimpses of the new economy can be seen in the wind farms of Denmark, the solar rooftops of Japan, and the bicycle network of the Netherlands. Eco-Economy is a road map of how to get from here to there.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393321937
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/17/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,100,023
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Forewordxv
1.The Economy and the Earth3
Economy Self-Destructing7
Lessons from the Past14
Learning from China17
The Acceleration of History19
The Option: Restructure or Decline21
I.A Stressed Relationship
2.Signs of Stress: Climate and Water27
Temperature Rising28
The Ice Is Melting30
Sea Level Rising34
More Destructive Storms37
Rivers Drained Dry39
Falling Water Tables43
Facing Water Scarcity46
3.Signs of Stress: The Biological Base49
Fisheries Collapsing51
Forests Shrinking55
Rangelands Deteriorating58
Soils Eroding62
Species Disappearing68
Synergies and Surprises72
II.The New Economy
4.The Shape of the Eco-Economy77
Ecology Over Economics78
A Monumental Undertaking81
Restructuring the Economy83
New Industries, New Jobs85
History's Greatest Investment Opportunity92
5.Building the Solar/Hydrogen Economy97
The Energy Efficiency Base99
Harnessing the Wind102
Turning Sunlight into Electricity107
Tapping the Earth's Heat110
Natural Gas: The Transition Fuel112
Getting to the Hydrogen Economy114
6.Designing a New Materials Economy121
Throwaway Products123
Materials and the Environment126
The Earth's Toxic Burden131
The Role of Recycling135
Redesigning the Materials Economy138
7.Feeding Everyone Well145
A Status Report147
Raising Cropland Productivity150
Raising Water Productivity154
Restructuring the Protein Economy158
Eradicating Hunger: A Broad Strategy163
8.Protecting Forest Products and Services169
Fuel, Lumber, and Paper170
Forest Services172
Sustainable Forestry176
Lightening the Load178
The Role of Plantations181
Reclaiming the Earth183
9.Redesigning Cities for People187
An Urbanizing Species188
Car-Centered Urban Sprawl191
Urbanization and Obesity195
Urban Rail and Bicycle Systems199
Planning Cities for People202
III.Getting from Here to There
10.Stabilizing Population by Reducing Fertility211
Breaking Out or Breaking Down213
Africa Breaking Down217
Filling the Family Planning Gap220
The Role of Female Education225
Using Soap Operas and Sitcoms227
Stopping at Two228
11.Tools for Restructuring the Economy233
The Fiscal Steering Wheel234
Tax Shifting236
Subsidy Shifting240
Ecolabeling: Voting with Our Wallets244
Tradable Permits248
Support for Fiscal Restructuring249
12.Accelerating the Transition253
United Nations Leadership255
New Responsibility of Governments257
New Role for the Media259
The Corporate Interest261
NGOs and Individuals265
Crossing the Threshold269
Is There Enough Time?274
Notes277
Index323

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