Plan B 3.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization

ISBN-10: 0393330877

ISBN-13: 9780393330878

Edition: 3rd 2008

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"How to build a more just world and save the planet....We should all heed Brown's advice."Bill Clinton In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. In addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a growing list of failing states. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues overly long. InPlan B 3.0, Lester R. Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
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.

Preface
Entering a New World
A Massive Market Failure
Environment and Civilization
China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail
Mounting Stresses, Failing States
A Civilizational Tipping Point
Plan B-A Plan of Hope
A Civilization in Trouble
Deteriorating Oil and Food Security
The Coming Decline of Oil
The Oil Intensity of Food
The Changing Food Prospect
Cars and People Compete for Crops
The World Beyond Peak Oil
Food Insecurity and Failing States
Rising Temperatures and Rising Seas
Rising Temperature and Its Effects
The Crop Yield Effect
Reservoirs in the Sky
Melting Ice and Rising Seas
More-Destructive Storms
Cutting Carbon 80 Percent by 2020
Emerging Water Shortages
Water Tables Falling
Rivers Running Dry
Lakes Disappearing
Farmers Losing to Cities
Scarcity Crossing National Borders
Water Scarcity Yields Political Stresses
Natural Systems Under Stress
Shrinking Forests: The Many Costs
Losing Soil
From Grassland to Desert
Advancing Deserts
Collapsing Fisheries
Disappearing Plants and Animals
Early Signs of Decline
Our Socially Divided World
Health Challenge Growing
Throwaway Economy in Trouble
Population and Resource Conflicts
Environmental Refugees on the Rise
Mounting Stresses, Failing States
The Response-Plan B
Eradicating Poverty, Stabilizing Population
Universal Basic Education
Stabilizing Population
Better Health for All
Curbing the HIV Epidemic
Reducing Farm Subsidies and Debt
A Poverty Eradication Budget
Restoring the Earth
Protecting and Restoring Forests
Conserving and Rebuilding Soils
Regenerating Fisheries
Protecting Plant and Animal Diversity
Planting Trees to Sequester Carbon
The Earth Restoration Budget
Feeding Eight Billion Well
Rethinking Land Productivity
Raising Water Productivity
Producing Protein More Efficiently
Moving Down the Food Chain
Action on Many Fronts
Designing Cities for People
The Ecology of Cities
Redesigning Urban Transport
Reducing Urban Water Use
Farming in the City
Upgrading Squatter Settlements
Cities for People
Raising Energy Efficiency
Banning the Bulb
Energy-Efficient Appliances
More-Efficient Buildings
Restructuring the Transport System
A New Materials Economy
The Energy Savings Potential
Turning to Renewable Energy
Harnessing the Wind
Wind-Powered Plug-in Hybrid Cars
Solar Cells and Collectors
Energy from the Earth
Plant-Based Sources of Energy
River, Tidal, and Wave Power
The World Energy Economy of 2020
An Exciting New Option
The Great Mobilization
Shifting Taxes and Subsidies
Summing Up Climate Stabilization Measures
A Response to Failing States
A Wartime Mobilization
Mobilizing to Save Civilization
What You and I Can Do
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
About the Author
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