State of the World 2013

State of the World 2013

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Every day, we are presented with a range of a€œsustainablea€ products and activitiesa€”from a€œgreena€ cleaning supplies to carbon offsetsa€”but with so much labeled as a€œsustainable, a€ the term has become essentially sustainababble, 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 Institutea€™s State of the World series, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. In State 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 2013 cuts 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.a€œRio+20: After Dialogues, Citizens to Make Recommendations ... Centre, 20 June 2012; Clarinha Glock, a€œRio+20 Doubts over Impact of Sustainable Development Dialogues, a€ Inter Press Service, ... Mobilizing Citizens: Social Movements and the Politics of Knowledge, IDS Working Paper 276 (Brighton, U.K.: IDS, 2007). ... 17. P. Olsson et al., a€œShooting the Rapids: Navigating Transitions to Adaptive Governance of SocialEcological ... Moving from Individual Change to Societal Change 1.

Title:State of the World 2013
Author:The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher:Island Press - 2013-04-15


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