Searching for Sustainability
Book Review

Cox, Jan
Date Written:  2014-03-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2014
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20387

Review of "State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?" by the WorldWatch Institute.



This compilation is the latest in the annual State of the World Series issued by the WorldWatch Institute, a widely respected environmental think tank, is also closely associated with and supported by United Nations and international governance institutions and many private foundations.

Those facts underlie both the strength and the weakness of WorldWatch Institute publications and reports as resources or references for radical and socialist environmental activism. This review will attempt to highlight the contributions in this volume that are the most relevant in that regard.

Since 1974, the WorldWatch Institute has done more than any comparable group to disseminate well researched, expert, accessible and wide-ranging data and analysis on the environmental crisis and alarming environmental trends across the globe. WorldWatch Institute proposals to address these issues and trends are also expert and innovative, representing a deep knowledge of scientific and field work on environmental issues around the world.

Its global focus is a strength in drawing out the trends and interrelationships among worldwide environmental events and their impact on all the systems that human populations depend on. As a reference work, State of the World 2013 provides many tables and illustrations showing the state of how life is presently organized, lived and reproduced on earth, and the impact of environmental degradation on food security, fresh water, ocean health, fisheries, energy limits, forestry and other resources.

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