State of the World Reports

State of the World 1994

January 1994
ISBN: 0-393-31117-1
251 pages

State of the World 1994 is must reading, for it finds that we're at a watershed in human history, invisible at the time, that changes the way we live. Chief among the findings is that the earth's ability to sustain life is severely strained. Grasslands have been overgrazed. Oceans over-harvested. Forests, which help regulate climate, moderate water...

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...

State of the World 1992

January 1992
ISBN: 0-393-30834-0
256 pages

The world today is either in the early stages of an Environmental Revolution or on the verge of environmental collapse and economic decline.

State of the World 1992 portrays a planet at risk. And it shows us that the policy decisions we make during this decade will determine whether our children live in a world of development or decline. Eliminating...

State of the World 1991

January 1991
ISBN: 0-393-30733-6
254 pages

As the dust from the cold war settles, the battle to save the planet will replace the battle over ideology as the organizing theme of the new world order. During the twenty years since the first Earth Day in 1970, the earth lost tree cover over an area nearly as large as the United States east of the Mississippi River. Deserts claimed more land than is devoted to...

State of the World 1990

January 1990
ISBN: 0-393-30614-3
253 pages

As the world enters the last decade of the century, the environmental problems facing human society have moved to center stage. While awareness of the issues has soared in recent years, no country has yet embarked on the ambitious turnaround strategies needed to make today's societies sustainable.

State of the World 1990 focuses on major policy...

State of the World 1989

January 1989
ISBN: 0-393-30567-8
256 pages

This sixth annual examination of the world's ecological health by the Worldwatch Institute comes at a time when people are worried about record hot summers, polluted beaches, and drought-induced food shortages. This rising concern results from personal experiences in 1988 reinforced by the news that global warming has arrived, that tropical forests are disappearing...

State of the World 1988

January 1988
ISBN: 0-393-30440-X
237 pages

In preparing this assessment in each of the last five years, the Worldwatch Institute has in effect given the earth an annual physical examination, checking its vital signs. The readings are not reassuring: The earth's forests are shrinking, its deserts expanding, and its soils eroding - all at record rates. Each year thousands of plant and animal species...

State of the World 1987

January 1987
ISBN: 0-393-30389-6
268 pages

"Our relationship with the earth and its natural systems is changing, often in ways that we do not understand," writes former Worldwatch Institute President Lester R. Brown and Senior Researcher Sandra Postel. "The scale of human activities threatens the habitability of the earth itself. A sustainable society satisfies its needs without diminishing the...

State of the World 1986

January 1986
ISBN: 0-393-30255-5
263 pages

"The collective actions of a world population approaching 5 billion now appear capable of causing continental and even global changes in natural systems," writes former Worldwatch Institute president, Lester R. Brown. "Our security and well-being may be threatened less by the conflicts among nations than by the deteriorating relationship between ourselves...

State of the World 1985

January 1985
ISBN: 0-393-30218-0
301 pages

This is the second in an annual series of reports that measures worldwide progress in achieving sustainability - the extent to which our economic and social systems are successfully adjusting to changes in the underlying natural resource base.

Former Worldwatch Institute president Lester Brown says: "Observers generally agree on the principal actions needed...