State of the World, 2004: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Business & Economics - 245 pages
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As always, State of the World 2004 provides government officials, journalists, professors, students, and concerned citizens with a comprehensive analysis of the global environmental problems we face along with detailed descriptions of practical, innovative solutions like charting the most environmentally sound path to a hydrogen-fueled economy, or accelerating the rapidly growing conversion of farmers worldwide to organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2004 presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.
 

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Contents

The State of Consumption Today
3
Plastic Bags
22
Making Better Energy Choices
24
Computers
44
Boosting Water Productivity Sandra Postel and Amy Vickers
46
Antibacterial Soap
66
Watching What We Eat
68
Bottled WaterChickenChocolateShrimpSoda
86
Cell Phones
120
Purchasing for People and the Planet
122
Paper
142
Linking Globalization Consumption and Governance
144
Cotton Tshirts
162
Rethinking the Good Life
164
Notes
181
Index
235

Moving Toward a Less Consumptive Economy
96

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The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit research and publishing organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.

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