Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization

ISBN-10: 0393071030

ISBN-13: 9780393071030

Edition: 2009

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/5/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
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.

Selling Our Future
Food: The Weak Link
The Emerging Politics of Food Scarcity
Our Global Ponzi Economy
Mounting Stresses, Failing States
Plan B-A Plan to Save Civilization
The Challenges
Population Pressure: Land and Water
Civilization's Foundation Eroding
Water Tables Falling
Farmers Losing Water to Cities
Land and Water Conflicts
Cars and People Compete for Grain
The Rising Tide of Environmental Refugees
Climate Change and the Energy Transition
Rising Temperature and Its Effects
Melting Ice, Rising Seas
Melting Glaciers, Shrinking Harvests
Rising Temperatures, Falling Yields
The Decline of Oil and Coal
A Challenge Without Precedent
The Response
Stabilizing Climate: An Energy Efficiency Revolution
A Revolution in Lighting Technology
Energy-Efficient Appliances
Zero-Carbon Buildings
Electrifying the Transport System
A New Materials Economy
Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers
The Energy Savings Potential
Stabilizing Climate: Shifting to Renewable Energy
Turning to the Wind
Solar Cells and Thermal Collectors
Energy from the Earth
Plant-Based Sources of Energy
Hydropower: Rivers, Tides, and Waves
The World Energy Economy of 2020
Designing Cities for People
The Ecology of Cities
Redesigning Urban Transport
The Return of Bicycles
Reducing Urban Water Use
Farming in the City
Upgrading Squatter Settlements
Cities for People
Eradicating Poverty and Stabilizing Population
Educating Everyone
Toward a Healthy Future
Stabilizing Population
Rescuing Failing States
A Poverty Eradication Agenda and Budget
Restoring the Earth
Protecting and Restoring Forests
Planting Trees to Sequester Carbon
Conserving and Rebuilding Soils
Regenerating Fisheries
Protecting Plant and Animal Diversity
The Earth Restoration Budget
Feeding Eight Billion People Well
Raising Land Productivity
Raising Water Productivity
Producing Protein More Efficiently
The Localization of Agriculture
Strategic Reductions in Demand
Action on Many Fronts
The Great Mobilization
Can We Mobilize Fast Enough?
Shifting Taxes and Subsidies
Coal: The Beginning of the End
Stabilizing Climate
Three Models of Social Change
A Wartime Mobilization
Mobilizing to Save Civilization
What You and I Can Do
About the Author
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