Eco-Economy Building an Economy for the Earth

ISBN-10: 0393321932

ISBN-13: 9780393321937

Edition: 2001

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The son of farmers, Lester Brown was born in New Jersey in 1934 and attended Rutgers University, receiving a B.S. in agricultural science in 1955. He earned an M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland in 1959 and an M.P.A. from Harvard University in 1962. He worked as adviser on foreign agricultural policy for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served as administrator of the International Agricultural Development Service, and helped establish the Overseas Development Council. In 1974, Brown founded the Worldwatch Institute, a private, nonprofit, environmental think tank designed to act as a global early warning system and to study overpopulation, famine, and other world problems. Located in Washington, D.C., the institute publishes the Worldwatch Papers series, Worldwatch Magazine, and the annual State of the World report. Although sometimes criticized for his emphasis on population control, this author of more than a dozen books and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship has been highly praised for his understanding of the threats to the ecology of our planet.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
The Economy and the Earth
Economy Self-Destructing
Lessons from the Past
Learning from China
The Acceleration of History
The Option: Restructure or Decline
A Stressed Relationship
Signs of Stress: Climate and Water
Temperature Rising
The Ice Is Melting
Sea Level Rising
More Destructive Storms
Rivers Drained Dry
Falling Water Tables
Facing Water Scarcity
Signs of Stress: The Biological Base
Fisheries Collapsing
Forests Shrinking
Rangelands Deteriorating
Soils Eroding
Species Disappearing
Synergies and Surprises
The New Economy
The Shape of the Eco-Economy
Ecology Over Economics
A Monumental Undertaking
Restructuring the Economy
New Industries, New Jobs
History's Greatest Investment Opportunity
Building the Solar/Hydrogen Economy
The Energy Efficiency Base
Harnessing the Wind
Turning Sunlight into Electricity
Tapping the Earth's Heat
Natural Gas: The Transition Fuel
Getting to the Hydrogen Economy
Designing a New Materials Economy
Throwaway Products
Materials and the Environment
The Earth's Toxic Burden
The Role of Recycling
Redesigning the Materials Economy
Feeding Everyone Well
A Status Report
Raising Cropland Productivity
Raising Water Productivity
Restructuring the Protein Economy
Eradicating Hunger: A Broad Strategy
Protecting Forest Products and Services
Fuel, Lumber, and Paper
Forest Services
Sustainable Forestry
Lightening the Load
The Role of Plantations
Reclaiming the Earth
Redesigning Cities for People
An Urbanizing Species
Car-Centered Urban Sprawl
Urbanization and Obesity
Urban Rail and Bicycle Systems
Planning Cities for People
Getting from Here to There
Stabilizing Population by Reducing Fertility
Breaking Out or Breaking Down
Africa Breaking Down
Filling the Family Planning Gap
The Role of Female Education
Using Soap Operas and Sitcoms
Stopping at Two
Tools for Restructuring the Economy
The Fiscal Steering Wheel
Tax Shifting
Subsidy Shifting
Ecolabeling: Voting with Our Wallets
Tradable Permits
Support for Fiscal Restructuring
Accelerating the Transition
United Nations Leadership
New Responsibility of Governments
New Role for the Media
The Corporate Interest
NGOs and Individuals
Crossing the Threshold
Is There Enough Time?
Notes
Index
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