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State of the world, 2000 : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society
Brown, Lester R. (Lester Russell), 1934-
First edition.
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New York : Norton, 2000.
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xix, 276 pages : illustrations ; c 24 cm
Challenges of the new century / Lester R. Brown -- Anticipating environmental "surprise" / Chris Bright -- Redesigning irrigated agriculture / Sandra Postel -- Nourishing the underfed and overfed / Gary Gardner and Brian Halweil -- Phasing out persistent organic pollutants / Anne Platt McGinn -- Recovering the paper landscape / Janet N. Abramovitz and AshleyT. Mattoon -- Harnessing information technologies for the environment / Molly O'Meara -- Sizing up micropower / Seth Dunn and Chrostopher Flavin -- Creating jobs, preserving the environment / Michael Renner -- Coping with ecological globalization / Hillary French.
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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.

Table of Contents

Lester R. BrownChris BrightSandra PostelGary Gardner and Brian HalweilAnne Platt McGinnJanet N. Abramovitz and Ashley T. MattoonMolly O'MearaSeth Dunn and Christopher FlavinMichael RennerHilary French
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Tables and Figuresp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
1 Challenges of the New Centuryp. 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"p. 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 Agriculturep. 39
Mounting Water Deficits
The New Water Wars
The Productivity Frontier
Expanding Irrigation to Poor Farmers
The Policy Challenge
4 Nourishing the Underfed and Overfedp. 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 Pollutantsp. 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 Landscapep. 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 Environmentp. 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 Micropowerp. 142
Miniaturized Machines
Cool Power
Is Smaller Better?
Remaking Market Rules
How Far, How Fast?
9 Creating Jobs, Preserving the Environmentp. 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 Globalizationp. 184
Trading on Nature
The WTO Meets the Environment
Greening the International Financial Architecture
Innovations in Global Environmental Governance
Notesp. 203
Indexp. 263