Resource: World on the Edge
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Title: World on the Edge
Resource type: Book
Topics: Agriculture, Communities, Ecosystems, Energy, Statewide/Global, Water
Keywords: future, civilization, world, sustainability
Audience: All
Region: Minnesota Statewide, Outside Minnesota
Summary: This 2011 book is one of a series of books written by Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute in recent years analyzing world trends.
Content: The book, World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, published in 2011, is one of a series of books written by Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute in recent years analyzing world trends. Available for free download from the web site below, this 325-page book seeks to respond to the questions: "If we continue with business as usual, how much time do we have left before our global civilization unravels? And how do we save civilization?"

Chapters in the book, which has a global perspective, include:

* On the Edge

* Falling Water Tables and Shrinking Harvests

* Eroding Soils and Expanding Deserts

* Rising Temperatures, Melting Ice, and Food Security

* The Emerging Politics of Food Scarcity

* Environmental Refugees: The Rising Tide

* Mounting Stresses, Failing States

* Building an Energy-Efficient Global Economy

* Harnessing Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy

* Restoring the Economy's Natural Support Systems

* Eradicating Poverty, Stabilizing Population, and Rescuing Failing States

* Feeding Eight Billion

* Saving Civilization

As well as analyzing the range of challenges to be faced, Brown also offers his ideas for solutions that can contribute to a more sustainable future. The book is filled with up-to-date footnotes and references for those who wish to delve further.

Website: http://www.earth-policy.org/images/uploads/book_files/wotebook.pdf
Suggested by: Paul Moss
Added: 02/3/11
Updated: 07/27/11