Building an Environmentally Sustainable Economy

Author Lester R. Brown explains how building an environmentally sustainable economy will help with the global environmental challenges we face.



As global warming intensifies, more energy will drive the weather, creating significantly stronger storms. A storm that hit the European continent during the winter of 1999 left $7.5 billion damage in France, Germany and Switzerland. Thousands of centuries-old trees, like these in Paris, were destroyed. It was France's worst storm since record keeping began.
As global warming intensifies, more energy will drive the weather, creating significantly stronger storms. A storm that hit the European continent during the winter of 1999 left $7.5 billion damage in France, Germany and Switzerland. Thousands of centuries-old trees, like these in Paris, were destroyed. It was France's worst storm since record keeping began.
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Author Lester R. Brown.
Author Lester R. Brown.
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Photo of wind turbines 1.
Photo of wind turbines 1.
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Photo of wind turbines 2.
Photo of wind turbines 2.
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Photo of wind turbines 3.
Photo of wind turbines 3.
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Clear-cutting in the Yangtze River basin helped create China's worst floods ever, leading to a complete ban on logging and conversion of state companies there from logging to tree-planting.
Clear-cutting in the Yangtze River basin helped create China's worst floods ever, leading to a complete ban on logging and conversion of state companies there from logging to tree-planting.
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From 1951 to 2000, the world's farmers produced nearly double the amount of grain that had been produced from the beginning of agriculture to 1950. Future gains will be harder to come by.
From 1951 to 2000, the world's farmers produced nearly double the amount of grain that had been produced from the beginning of agriculture to 1950. Future gains will be harder to come by.
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The United States, China and India are overpumping water supplies, leading to depletion of aquifers. Drip irrigation systems would reduce water use by 30 percent to 70 percent.
The United States, China and India are overpumping water supplies, leading to depletion of aquifers. Drip irrigation systems would reduce water use by 30 percent to 70 percent.
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The future may look like this. Urban transport systems based on a combination of rail, bicycles and pedestrian walkways offer the best way of providing low-cost transportation and a healthy urban environment. Bike mechanics, your day is coming.
The future may look like this. Urban transport systems based on a combination of rail, bicycles and pedestrian walkways offer the best way of providing low-cost transportation and a healthy urban environment. Bike mechanics, your day is coming.
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