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State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future (State of the World) Paperback – January 17, 2007
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Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown as an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns, Worldwatch was quickly recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its foresight and accessible, fact-based analysis. Now under the leadership of population expert and author Robert Engelman, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
The Worldwatch Institute publishes a variety of reports and books including State of the World, Vital Signs, and the Worldwatch Reports.
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However, the book has a largely positive and constructive tone, with extensive use of examples and case studies of locales using innovative methods for protecting the environment and even attempting to reducing pollutants that might be global in their impacts. Case studies span the world - from Los Angeles to Timbuktu. The "city" provides a structure for problem-solving.
The book overall is comprehensive, with excellent writing and editing - some chapters are replete with data while others are written in a sweeping "big picture" context with long-term recommendations for future directions. This is a great resource for researchers, policy-makers, students, and anyone interested in understanding the risks and opportunities for the urban landscape.
This 25th Anniversary Edition of State of the World focuses on problems and solutions for progress toward a sustainable society. It is a periodical and almanac worth owning. The writing promotes an easy read for sustained digestion of its resources.
Fourteen Chapters by Worldwatch staffers, independent analysts, academics, and intellectual professionals arranged in 2-column newspaper format fill 253 pages, with dozens of boxes, tables, and figures plus hundreds of endnotes. Each chapter contributes to other chapters and to the understanding of sustainable development as a path, not a panacea. Instead of competing with other writings, the State of the World series complements the contemplations of other writers on interdisciplinary economic, social, and environmental topics.
Every chapter is true to its title. There are verbs of solution - seeding, rethinking, building, improving, engaging, mobilizing, investing, and banking. There are nouns of challenge -- sustainable economy, the commons, sustainable world, sustainable lifestyles, and sustainability. There are names to consider -- water, carbon, meat, seafood, biodiversity, global diet, human energy, trade governance, new approaches, and new bottom line.
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law at Yale, Dan Esty, introduces the collection, "State of the World 2008 makes it clear that our planet and every individual on it face substantial environmental challenges. But there are signs of hope. As documented throughout this volume, the pace and scale of environmental innovation is extraordinary."
Christopher Flavin, President of Worldwatch, reports the focus is on innovations to achieve a sustainable economy.Read more ›