From the Back Cover
Since the first Earth Day was held thirty years ago, report cards on Planet Earth have become a litany of gloomy predictions: global warming, overpopulation, polluted oceans and dwindling natural resources. The arrival of the 21st century is the perfect moment to reexamine our planets ability to sustain humankind, and Earth Report 2000, sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute "the best environmental think tank in the country," according to the Wall Street Journalsets a new standard for such an examination. In remarkably clear fashion, Earth Report 2000 explains the key issues regarding our planets fitness to sustain future generations. It debunks many of the myths, statistical and scientific, that have influenced policies of the recent past. And it offers a persuasive argument for rethinking our approach to the most critical dilemmas of the next century. Environmental concerns both long familiarglobal warming and overpopulationand startlingly newthe "toxic menace" of endocrine disruptorsare addressed. Throughout, the expert authors, gathered from such distinguished institutions as the University of Chicago, NASA, the World Bank and the Cato Institute, challenge many widely held ideas. In doing so, they make compelling forecasts about a future world quite different from that envisioned by environmentalists, politicians and the news media. Intended to arm all the planets citizens with the knowledge required to face the future, Earth Report 2000 is an invaluable tool in addressing the challenges that lie ahead.