State of the World Reports

State of the World 2004: Special Focus: The Consumer Society

“The environmental movement as we know it today could not exist without the extraordinary researchers at Worldwatch”
—Bill McKibben, best-selling author of The End of Nature

State of the World 2003

"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries...on the global environment."
—E. O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize winner


State of the World 2002

Featuring a Foreword by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, State of the World 2002 includes chapters on climate change, farming, toxic chemicals, sustainable tourism, population, resource conflicts and global governance.

State of the World 2001

January 2001
ISBN: 0-393-04866-7
296 pages

In State of the World 2001, the Institute's award-winning research team takes a fresh look at the most difficult challenge the world faces: how to build an environmentally sustainable economy before we do permanent damage to the natural systems that support our global civilization.

From the thinning of the Arctic sea ice to the invasion of the...

State of the World 2000

January 2000
ISBN: 0-393-31998-9
276 pages

As the 21st century dawns, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team takes a fresh look at the trends that have put the global economy on a collision course with the Earth's ecosystems. This first edition of the new century lays out the case for a rapid transition to an environmentally sustainable economy before we do permanent damage to the...

State of the World 1999

January 1999
ISBN: 0-393-31815-X
259 pages

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...

State of the World 1998

January 1998
ISBN: 0-393-31727-7
251 pages

In this fifteenth edition of State of the World, Lester R. Brown and the Worldwatch research team look at the environmental effects of continuing economic growth as the economy outgrows the earth's ecosystem. As the global economy has expanded from $5 trillion of output in 1950 to $29 trillion in 1997, its demands have crossed many of the earth's...

State of the World 1997

January 1997
ISBN: 0-393-31569-X
229 pages

This fourteenth edition of State of the World coincides with two important milestones: the fifth anniversary of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and the tenth anniversary of the 1987 Montreal protocol to protect the earth's ozone layer. With these two landmarks in mind, 1997 seemed a particularly good year to review progress in addressing global...

State of the World 1996

January 1996
ISBN: 0-393-313935-5
249 pages

In this 1996 edition of State of the World 1996, Lester R. Brown and the other researchers at Worldwatch identify and describe the rapid acceleration of trends that is driving the human experiment across thresholds of change far more rapidly than in the past, challenging our ability to react rationally and quickly.

And yet, at the same time, State of the...

State of the World 1995

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January 1995
ISBN: 0-393-31261-7
248 pages

This twelfth edition in the State of the World series is appearing at a time when more and more people are aware of the effect of a rapidly rising human population on the earth's environmental support systems.

The seemingly sudden collapse of the oceanic fishing economy; the rising expectations of...