Book World on the edge : how to prevent environmental and economic collapse / Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute.
Associated Name: Earth Policy Institute.
Publication year: c2011
Call Number GE149 .B76 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393339499 0393339491 9780393080292 0393080293
"Earth Policy Institute"
"Earth Policy Institute is a nonprofit environmental research organization providing a plan for building a sustainable future"--P. opposite t.p.
"We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Our challenge is to think globally and develop policies to counteract environmental decline and economic collapse. The question is: Can we change direction before we go over the edge? Lester R. Brown looks at our economic future through an environmental lens to develop a plan that will sustain civilization. He concentrates on four major components that will head us toward a brighter future : a massive cut in global carbon emissions, the stabilization of world population, the abatement of poverty, and the restoration of our planet's diverse natural landscape"--P. [IV] of cover.
Extent: xii, 240 p. ; 21 cm.
The author addresses the crucial environmental issues of our times and considers the impact on the economies of the world.
Preface -- 1. On the edge -- I. A deteriorating foundation -- 2. Falling water tables and shrinking harvests -- 3. Eroding soils and expanding deserts -- 4. Rising temperatures, melting ice, and food security -- II. The Consequences -- 5. The emerging politics of food scarcity -- 6. Environmental refugees : the rising tide -- 7. Mounting stresses, failing states -- III. The response : Plan B -- 8. Building an energy-efficient global economy -- 9. Harnessing wind, solar, and geothermal energy -- 10. Restoring the economy's natural support systems -- 11. Eradicating poverty, stabilizing population, and rescuing failing states -- 12. Feeding eight billion -- IV. Watching the clock -- 13. Saving civilization.