State of the World 1995
STATE OF THE WORLD, WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE 1995
This twelfth edition in the State of the World series is appearing at a time when more and more people are aware of the effect of a rapidly rising human population on the earth's environmental support systems.
The seemingly sudden collapse of the oceanic fishing economy; the rising expectations of China's 1.2 billion consumers; deforestation of the Indian subcontinent caused by the "second India"; and the unmanageable tide of refugees around the world all point to a need for understanding the interrelation of population and environmental forces on a global scale.
Coupled with this hard look at our unsustainable world economy, the Worldwatch analysts have also researched and reported the trends that can lead us toward a future that is both sustainable and appealing. This year's edition also covers the welcome trends in the number of global environmental treaties; the growing revolution in energy leading to global use of hydrogen, the cleanest of fuels; the technologies that will allow us to create cars and buildings that use far less energy; and the idea that future economic growth will come from more efficient use of materials than from using up our natural resources and creating mountains of trash.