State of the World 2008 : innovations for a sustainable economy

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  • Environmental issues were once regarded as irrelevant to economic activity, but today they are dramatically rewriting the rules for business, investors, and consumers. Around the world, innovative responses to climate change and other environmental problems are affecting more than $100 billion in annual capital flows as pioneering entrepreneurs, organizations, and governments take steps to create the Earth's first sustainable global economy.


  • Includes index.
  • Includes bibliographical reference ( pages 211-253) and index.


  • Seeding the sustainable economy / Gary Gardner and Thomas Prugh -- New bottom line for progress / John Talberth -- Rethinking production / L. Hunter Lovins -- Challenge of sustainable lifestyles / Tim Jackson -- Meat and seafood: the global diet's most costly ingredients / Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg -- Building a low-carbon economy / Christopher Flavin -- Improving carbon markets / Zoe Chafe and Hilary French -- Water in a sustainable economy / Ger Bergkamp and Claudia W. Sadoff -- Banking on biodiversity / Ricardo Bayon -- Parallel economy of the commons / Jonathan Rowe -- Engaging communities for a sustainable world / Erik Assadourian -- Mobilizing human energy / Jason S. Calder -- Investing for sustainability / Bill Baue -- New approaches to trade governance / Mark Halle
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