State of the World 2015
272 pages, 7 3/10 x 9 4/25
Release Date:15 May 2015

State of the World 2015

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability

By The Worldwatch Institute
Island Press
We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water
scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the
iceberg. Food insecurity, financial assets drained of value by
environmental damage, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal
origin 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. How will nations deal with migration as
climate change refugees cross borders in order to escape flooding,
drought, or other extreme weather events? What will happen to the price
and availability of fossil energy, the foundation of industrial
civilization, as these resources oscillate between surplus and
scarcity? If perpetual economic growth on a finite planet is
impossible, what are the alternatives? Can national governments manage
the transition? Eight key issues are addressed in
depth, along with the central question of how we can develop
resilience to these and other shocks.

For decades, The Worldwatch Institute has been a leader in identifying
and analyzing emerging environmental threats. With the latest edition
of State of The World, the authorities at Worldwatch bring to
light challenges we can no longer afford to ignore.
Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was
the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of
global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized for
its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues.
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