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State of the World 2013 Is Sustainability Still Possible?

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ISBN-10: 161091449X

ISBN-13: 9781610914499

Edition: 2nd 2013

Authors: Worldwatch Institute Staff

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Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets—but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the term has become essentiallysustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best prepare for the coming ecological decline?In the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’sState of the Worldseries, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. InState of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?,experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations. If these approaches fall short, the final chapters explore ways to prepare for drastic environmental change and resource depletion, such as strengthening democracy and societal resilience, protecting cultural heritage, and dealing with increased conflict and migration flows.State of the World 2013cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling it today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction. This book will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, and students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 4/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Acknowledgments
State of the World:A Year in Review
Beyond Sustainababble
The Sustainability Metric
Respecting Planetary Boundaries and Reconnecting to the Biosphere
Defining a Safe and Just Space for Humanity
Getting to One-Planet Living
Sustaining Freshwater and Its Dependents
Sustainable Fisheries and Seas: Preventing Ecological Collapse
Energy as Master Resource
Renewable Energy's Natural Resource Impacts
Conserving Nonrenewable Resources
Getting To True Sustainability
Re-engineering Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization
Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature
Transforming the Corporation into a Driver of Sustainability
Corporate Reporting and Externalities
Keep Them in the Ground: Ending the Fossil Fuel Era
Beyond Fossil Fuels: Assessing Energy Alternatives
Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment
Agriculture: Growing Food-and Solutions
Protecting the Sanctity of Native Foods
Valuing Indigenous Peoples
Crafting a New Narrative to Support Sustainability
Moving Toward a Global Moral Consensus on Environmental Action
Pathways to Sustainability: Building Political Strategies
Moving from Individual Change to Societal Change
Open In Case Of Emergency
Teaching for Turbulence
Effective Crisis Governance
Governance in the Long Emergency
Building an Enduring Environmental Movement
Resistance: Do the Ends Justify the Means?
The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering
Cuba: Lessons from a Forced Decline
Climate Change and Displacements
Cultivating Resilience in a Dangerous World
Shaping Community Responses to Catastrophe
Is It Too Late?