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State of the World 2009


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Foreword 1: The Perfect Storm Christopher Flavin and Robert Engelman 2: A Safe Landing for the Climate W. L. Hare 3: Farming and Land Use to Cool the Planet Sara J. Scherr and Sajal Sthapit 4: An Enduring Energy Future Janet L. Sawin and William R. Moomaw 5: Building Resilience David Dodman, Jessica Ayers and Saleemul Huq 6: Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate Robert Engelman Climate Change Reference Guide and Glossary Alice McKeown and Gary Gardner

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The Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC is one of the world's leading research centres for environmentally sustainable development.


'The most authoritative guide to the state of the planet.' The Guardian.

'The environmentalist's bible' Times Higher Education.

'One thing can be stated with certainty: the contributors to this impressive volume have worked hard to snap us out of our enduring complacency [regarding global warming]. Their efforts have improved the chances of history dispensing a more complimentary verdict on how we thought and acted at this most pivotal of environmental moments.' Geographical 'Essential reading' The Good Book Guide.

'State of the World 2009 is a research masterpiece, the single most important reference guide to climate change yet published.' Alex Steffen, Executive Editor, Worldchanging.com.

'State of the World 2009 is a very timely compendium of up-to-date thinking.' Bill McKibben.

'A remarkable source of intellectual wealth that provides understanding and insight not only on the physical state of the planet but on humans as they are linked with ecosystems and natural resources around the world' From the foreword by R. K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 'The report provides a comprehensive guide to global warming and the steps we must take to combat it.' Bharti Patel, Director, Svaraj in Splash Magazine.

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