In the 2012 edition of its flagship report, Worldwatch celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit with a far-reaching analysis of progress toward building sustainable economies. Written in clear language with easy-to-read charts, State of the World 2012 offers a new perspective on what changes and policies will be necessary to make sustainability a permanent feature of the world's economies. The Worldwatch Institute has been named one of the top three environmental think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.
Acknowledgments -- Foreword -- Preface -- State of the World: A Year in Review -- 1. Making the Green Economy Work for Everybody -- 2. The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries -- 3. Planning for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Development -- 4. Moving Toward Sustainable Transport -- 5. Information and Communications Technologies Creating Livable, Equitable, Sustainable Cities -- 6. Measuring U.S. Sustainable Urban Development -- 7. Reinventing the Corporation -- 8. A New Global Architecture for Sustainability Governance -- Policy Toolbox -- 9. Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion -- 10. From Light Green to Sustainable Buildings -- 11. Public Policies on More-Sustainable Consumption -- 12. Mobilizing the Business Community in Brazil and Beyond -- 13. Growing a Sustainable Future -- 14. Food Security and Equity in a Climate-Constrained World -- 15 Biodiversity: Combating the Sixth Mass Extinction -- 16. Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Prosperity -- 17. Getting Local Government Right -- Notes -- Index