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Building a sustainable society / Lester R. Brown.

; Worldwatch Institute ; מכון Worldwatch
1st ed.. New York : Norton, [1981] .
ISBN 0393014827

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Other Authors Worldwatch Institute.
Subjects Economic policy.
Epuisement des ressources.
Politique économique.
Series Worldwatch Institute book.
Description xiii, 433 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Copyright Date [1981]
©1981
Notes "A Worldwatch Institute book."
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Eroding the base of civilization. The historical expansion of cropland ; Thinning topsoil ; Spreading deserts : the human hand ; The loss of irrigated land ; Conversion of cropland to nonfarm uses ; The cropland prospect -- Biological systems under pressure. Deforesting the earth ; Deep trouble in oceanic fisheries ; Grasslands for three billion ruminants ; Per capita consumption trends ; Future resource trends ; Oil : the safety valve -- Twilight of the age of oil. The rise of oil ; Our petroleum culture ; The emergence of OPEC ; The decline of oil ; Giving upon nuclear power ; Coal : the stopgap ; Beyond the age of oil -- The changing food prospect. The loss of momentum ; The North American breadbasket ; Growing food insecurity ; Land productivity trends ; Substituting fertilizer for land ; The grain-livestock economy ; The new food-fuel competition ; The food price prospect -- Emerging economic and social stresses. Competing demands ; Rereading Ricardo ; A new source of inflation ; Slower economic growth ; Rising unemployment ; Social stresses -- Population : a stabilization timetable. The existing projections ; The changing backdrop ; A stabilization timetable ; The family planning gap ; Social improvement and fertility ; Incentives for smaller families ; China's one-child family program ; Inflation as a contraceptive force ; A gradual awakening -- Preserving our resource underpinnings. Land-use planning ; Ensuring soil security ; Stabilizing biological systems ; Reforesting the earth ; Preserving the web of life ; Beyond the throwaway society ; Conserving energy -- Renewable energy : turning to the sun. Wood as a fuel ; Energy from waste ; Planting energy crops ; Falling water ; Harnessing the wind ; Tapping the earth's heat ; Rooftops as collectors ; Electricity from sunlight ; Solar architecture ; The renewable energy potential -- The shape of a sustainable society. The changing global energy budget ; A sustainable transportation system ; The resurgence of agriculture ; New industries, new jobs ; The future of urbanization ; Simpler life-styles among the affluent ; Third World reinforcement ; Greater local self-reliance ; From growth to sustainability. The means of transition. Urgency of the transition ; Role of the market ; Financial carrots and sticks ; Change through regulation ; Financing the transition ; Reorienting R and D programs ; The role of leadership -- The institutional challenge. Overcoming vested interests ; The role of corporations ; Religions : an ecological theology ; Universities : getting involved ; Public interest groups ; The communications media -- Changing values and shifting priorities. Values in transition ; Voluntary simplicity ; Conspicuous frugality ; Equity : the two dimensions ; Redefining national security ; A new economic yardstick ; A sense of excitement.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)7614777
(OCoLC)ocm07614777
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WorldCat Identities Brown, Lester R. 1934-
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