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Plan B : Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble

Plan B : Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393058598

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ISBN13: 978-0393058598
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Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 2003
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Plan B : Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393058598

Lester R. Brown

ISBN13: 978-0393058598
ISBN10: 039305859X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble
A bold new plan for those concerned about rising temperatures, population projections, and spreading water scarcity.

Lester Brown notes that if the environmental trends of recent decades continue, the global economy will soon begin to unravel. The food sector, he believes, is the most vulnerable. Record-high temperatures and falling water tables are already taking the edge off grain harvests in some countries, including China, the world's largest grain producer.

The wake-up call will come, Brown believes, when 1.3 billion Chinese consumers with an $80 billion trade surplus start competing with Americans for U.S. grain, driving up food prices. Rising food prices could create political instability in low-income countries, disrupting global economic progress.

At that point, it will be clear that business as usual--Plan A--is not working. In Plan B, Brown outlines a World War II-type mobilization to stabilize climate by restructuring the global energy economy and to stabilize population by investing heavily in health care, family planning, and the education of girls in developing countries.

Author Bio

Brown, Lester R. : Earth Policy Institute

Lester R. Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, is published in over thirty languages and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, DC.

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