State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability

 


About Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Deeper issues include food insecurity, financial assets drained of value by environmental damage, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal origin. These and other problems are among the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system.
 
In State of the World 2015, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts explore hidden threats to sustainability and how to address them. Eight key issues are addressed in depth, along with the central question of how we can develop resilience to these and other shocks. With the latest edition of State of the World, the authorities at Worldwatch bring to light challenges we can no longer afford to ignore.
 
 
 

 

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Contents

Chapter 1.The Seeds of Modern Threats .......................Michael Renner
Chapter 2.Energy, Credit, and the End of Growth.........Nathan John Hagens
Chapter 3.The Trouble with Growth ..............................

Peter A. Victor and 

Tim Jackson

Chapter 4.Avoiding Stranded Assets ..............................Ben Caldecott
Chapter 5.Mounting Losses of Agricultural Resources..Gary Gardner
Chapter 6.The Oceans: Resilience at Risk ......................Katie Auth
Chapter 7.Whose Arctic Is it? ..........................................Heather Exner-Pirot
Chapter 8.Emerging Diseases from Animals ..................

Catherine C. Machalaba,

Elizabeth H. Loh

Peter Daszak, and 

William B. Karesh

Chapter 9.Migration as a Climate Adaption Strategy .....Fran├žios Gemenne
Chapter 10.Childhood's End ...............................................Tom Prugh
 

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Praise and Reviews

Updated April 2015

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We Heard...  

“Each year, we can count on State of the World for up-to-date research revealing critical issues of sustainability for our planet and its people. Get it if you want to understand emerging threats and new possibilities. Probably the best investment you will make in 2015!"

—Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network

 

Related Publications  

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability

State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?

 

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