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State of the world, 2001 : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress towards a sustainable society
Brown, Lester R. (Lester Russell), 1934-
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2001]

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xx, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rich planet, poor planet / Christopher Flavin -- Uncovering groundwater pollution / Payal Sampat -- Eradicating hunger: a growing challenge / Lester R. Brown -- Deciphering amphibian declines / Ashley Mattoon -- Decarbonizing the energy economy / Seth Dunn -- Making better transportation choices / Molly O'Meara Sheehan -- Averting unnatural disasters / Janet N. Abramovitz -- Ending the debt crisis / David Malin Roodman -- Controlling international environmental crime / Hilary French and Lisa Mastny -- Accelerating the shift to sustainability / Gary Gardner.
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In State of the World 2001, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team tackles the great challenge of our rapidly globalizing world: how to use our political systems to manage the difficult and complex relationships between the global economy and the Earth's ecosystems. The book provides concerned citizens and national leaders with a comprehensive analysis of threatening environmental trends--from the growing pollution of groundwater to the increasing toll of "unnatural" disasters to the effects of the developing world's staggering $2 trillion debt--and emerging solutions to turn those trends around.Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2001 presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.

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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.

Table of Contents

Christopher FlavinPayal SampatLester R. BrownAshley MattoonSeth DunnMolly O'Meara SheehanJanet N. AbramovitzDavid Malin RoodmanHilary French and Lisa MastnyGary Gardner
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Tables and Figuresp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
1 Rich Planet, Poor Planetp. 3
A Tale of Two Worlds
Testing the Limits
Seizing the Moment
North Meets South
2 Uncovering Groundwater Pollutionp. 21
Valuing Groundwater
Tracking the Hidden Crisis
The Slow Creep of Nitrogen
Pesticides on Tap
The Pervasiveness of Volatile Organic Compounds
The Threat of Natural Contaminants
Changing Course
3 Eradicating Hunger: A Growing Challengep. 43
A Hunger Report: Status and Prospects
Raising Cropland Productivity
Raising Water Productivity
Restructuring the Protein Economy
Eradicating Hunger: The Key Steps
4 Deciphering Amphibian Declinesp. 63
Why Amphibia?
Beyond the Declines
Reconceiving the Science
Protecting Amphibians
5 Decarbonizing the Energy Economyp. 83
The Climate Constraint
From Solid to Liquid to Gas
Improving Energy Intensity
Beyond Fossil Fuels
Entering the Hydrogen Age
Deliberate Decarbonization
6 Making Better Transportation Choicesp. 103
From Sledge to Jet
Current Transport Trends
The Costs of Mobility
Clearing the Air
Diversifying Our Options
Identifying Bottlenecks
7 Averting Unnatural Disastersp. 123
Counting Disasters
Ecological Vulnerability
Social Vulnerability
The Politics and Psychology of Disasters
Fostering Resilience in Nature and Communities
8 Ending the Debt Crisisp. 143
Costs of Crisis
The Year of Jubilee
Debt History
Sources of the Official Debt Crisis
Adjusting to Reality
Lending, Development, and Accountability
9 Controlling International Environmental Crimep. 166
The Treaty Landscape
Species at Risk
Cracking Down on Dumping
Atmospheric Assaults
From Words to Action
10 Accelerating the Shift to Sustainabilityp. 189
Anatomy of Change
Empowering the Base: The Role of Civil Society
Greening Commerce: The Role of Business
Building Coalitions: The Role of Government
Accelerating Cultural Evolution
Notesp. 207
Indexp. 263