Seen from the sky: Polluted waters around the world
About four billion people experience severe water shortages for at least one month a year, and around 1.6 billion people – almost a quarter of the world’s population – have problems accessing a clean, safe water supply, according to the United Nations.
While the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals call for water and sanitation for all by 2030, the world body says water scarcity is increasing and more than half the world’s population will be living in water-stressed regions by 2050.
Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble
The world faces numerous environmental trends of disruption and decline such as rising temperatures, falling water tables, shrinking forests, melting glaciers, collapsing fisheries, and rising sea levels. In Plan B, Lester R. Brown notes that in ignoring nature’s deadlines for dealing with these environmental issues we risk the disruption of economic progress.
State of the World 200
In State of the World 2001, the Worldwatch Institute’s award-winning research team tackles the great challenge of our rapidly globalizing world: how to use our political systems to manage the difficult and complex relationships between the global economy and the Earth’s ecosystems.