State of the World 1993

January 1993
ISBN: 0-393-30963-0
256 pages

The world is entering a new era - one in which the future economic progress depends on reversing environmental degradation.

Today, environmental degradation is directly affecting national and global economic trends. Grain production per capita has fallen 6 percent since 1984. Soil erosion, thinning if the ozone shield, air pollution, and increased flooding caused by deforestation are all taking their toll. Rangelands and oceans are being pushed to their limits, and their productivity is beginning to fall. World population is growing by 92 million people annually, equal to adding another Mexico each year. The world's forests are continuing to shrink. Man-made water scarcity and falling water tables are now commonplace in many countries. And the costs of environmentally induced illnesses ”for health care as well as lost labor productivity ”are everywhere on the rise.

State of the World 1993 shows that our prosperity depends on building an environmentally sustainable global economy. The policy decisions we make during this decade will determine whether our children live in a world of development or decline. Eliminating the environmental threats to our future requites change of revolutionary proportions.

State of the World 1993 lucidly examines our options ”for making business a friend to the environment. For preserving cultural as well as biological diversity. For beating our swords into solar cells. It looks at the prospects for trade in a sustainable economy ”one that does not consume the natural resources and systems on which it depends.