State of the World 1999 presents evidence of the birth of an entirely new economy, an Environmental Revolution that may be as sweeping as the Industrial Revolution that put us on our present unsustainable course. The authors argue that, far from being too costly to consider, the transition to an environmentally sustainable economy represents the greatest investment opportunity in history. In country after country, community after community, people are making the changes needed to shift from today's fossil fuel-based, auto-centric, throwaway economy to a solar/hydrogen-powered, bicycle/rail-centered, reuse/recycle economy--an economy that will satisfy human needs while preserving the Earth's ecosystems. Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World presents a view of our changing world that we cannot afford to ignore.
Chapter 1: A New Economy for a New Century
Chapter 2: Reinventing the Energy System
Chapter 3: Forging a Sustainable Materials Economy
Chapter 4: Reorienting the Forest Products Economy
Chapter 5: Charting a New Course for Oceans
Chapter 6: Appreciating the Benefits of Plant Biodiversity