Synopses & Reviews
The evidence continues to mount: melting ice caps, rising temperatures, increasingly frequent natural disasters. As the devastating effects of global warming come into sharper focus, societies must work to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to ongoing and inevitable climate change. The actions taken in the coming century will be critically important in determining whether or not we can salvage our environment. We cannot shrink from the overwhelming magnitude of climate change or the radical solutions it demands. The Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2009
investigates a wide range of potential paths to change, including new technology, policy changes, consumption, and finance, with the ultimate goal of mobilizing humanity around climate change and revealing global warming as one of the truly great challenges of our time.
Growing evidence suggests that the global economy, rooted in ideas and assumptions that were progressive two hundred years ago, is now destroying its own ecological base and offering little to billions of impoverished people. In response, pioneers are creating the architecture of sustainable economies, one innovation at a time. describes these innovations--from microfinance to closed-loop manufacturing and the use of trusts to protect common resources--as well as identifying the obstacles that prevent a critical mass of people and organizations from moving toward sustainability, and rallying coalitions of stakeholders that can produce win-win solutions and strategies for achieving specific sustainability goals.
"Comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible."--Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson
'Comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible."Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson
Growing evidence suggests that the globaleconomy, rooted in ideas andassumptions thatwereprogressive two hundred years ago, is nowdestroying its own ecological base and offeringlittle to billions ofimpoverished people. Inresponse, pioneers are creating the architectureof sustainable economies, oneinnovation at a time.State of the World 2008 describes theseinnovations-from microfinanceto closed-loop manufacturingand the use of trusts to protect common resources-as well as identifying theobstacles that prevent a criticalmass of peopleand organizationsfrom moving towardsustainability, and rallying coalitions ofstakeholders that can producewin-win solutionsandstrategies for achieving specific sustainability goals.
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 2007presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.
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