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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393329232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393329230
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries . . . on the global environment.” (Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson)

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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.

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Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute's top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maddies' mom on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
This year's "State of the World" by Worldwatch Institute focuses on the global urban environment: water and sanitation, transportation, agriculture and farming, energy, natural hazard risks, pulic health, economics, and environmental justice. Each chapter lays out trends and statistics demonstrating some of the hazards the world might be facing with the current trends towards urbanization.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Sayre on October 12, 2008
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A sustainable read.

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.
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I used this book as a text book for a graduate school course. It offers many lessons and example for imporving the sustainabiity of urban life going forward.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Mulholland on February 18, 2008
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The book was received in flawless condition, and service was prompt. I wish everything I'd invest in is this good.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Sheehan III on February 7, 2007
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Especially when the issues are surveyed in Worldwatch's annual review.
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