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State of the World 2008

Ideas and Opportunities for Sustainable Economies, 25th Edition

By Worldwatch Institute


288 pages

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The environmentalist's bible' Times Higher Education Supplement. 'Essential reading' The Good Book Guide. 'The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries … on the global environment' E. O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize winner. Celebrating its 25th year of publication, State of the World 2008 suggests that something huge and even revolutionary is struggling to be born as policymakers, business leaders and others around the globe create the architecture of sustainable economies. Featuring chapters on renewable energy, innovations in clean production, commons resources, trade policy, finance for sustainability, new economic yardsticks, and many other topics, State of the World 2008 is the first global-level publication to showcase a wide range of diverse innovations and to demonstrate their near-term potential to put whole societies on a sustainable path. Published annually in 28 languages, State of the World is relied upon by national governments, UN agencies, development workers and law-makers for its authoritative and up-to-the-minute analysis and information. It is essential for anyone concerned with building a positive, global future.


'The book offers a real ray of hope that action is being taken on an ever increasing scale and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a serious concern for the environment.' Ethical Pulse at Ethical Junction

'It stands alone as the single most useful annual on the world's environmental issues.' The British Ecological Society's Ecological and Environmental Education

Table of Contents

Foreword State of the World: A Year in Review Seeding the Sustainable Economy A New Bottom Line for Progress Rethinking Production The Challenge of Sustainable Lifestyles Meat and Seafood: The Global Diet's Most Costly Ingredients Building a Low-Carbon Economy Improving Carbon Markets Water in a Sustainable Economy Banking on Biodiversity The Parallel Economy of the Commons Engaging Communities for a Sustainable World Mobilizing Human Energy Investing for Sustainability New Approaches to Trade Governance

About the Author

The Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC is one of the world's leading research centres for environmentally sustainable development.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development