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By Lester R. Brown

One of many world's so much influential thinkers.—Washington PostIn 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus challenged the view that the solar revolved round the Earth, arguing as an alternative that the Earth revolved round the solar. His paper ended in a revolution in thinking—to a brand new worldview. Eco-Economy discusses the necessity this day for the same shift in our worldview. the difficulty now's even if the surroundings is a part of the economic climate or the economic climate is a part of the surroundings. Lester R. Brown argues the latter, mentioning that treating the surroundings as a part of the economic climate has produced an financial system that's destroying its traditional help structures. Brown notes that if China have been to have a motor vehicle in each storage, American kind, it is going to want eighty million barrels of oil a day—more than the area at present produces. If paper intake in line with individual in China have been to arrive the U.S. point, China would wish extra paper than the realm produces. There move the world's forests. If the fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway financial version won't paintings for China, it's going to no longer paintings for the opposite three billion humans within the constructing world—and it is going to now not paintings for the remainder of the area. yet Brown is positive as he describes the best way to restructure the worldwide financial system to make it appropriate with the Earth's surroundings in order that financial development can proceed. within the new financial system, wind farms substitute coal mines, hydrogen-powered gas cells change inner combustion engines, and towns are designed for individuals, now not vehicles. Glimpses of the recent economic climate will be noticeable within the wind farms of Denmark, the sunlight rooftops of Japan, and the bicycle community of the Netherlands. Eco-Economy is a street map of the way to get from the following to there.

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Sea Level Rising Sea level is a sensitive indicator of global warming since it is affected by both thermal expansion and the melting of land-based glaciers. 23 During the twentieth century, sea level rose by 10–20 centimeters (4–8 inches), more than half as much as it had risen during the Signs of Stress: Climate and Water 35 preceding 2,000 years. If the earth’s temperature continues to rise, further acceleration is in prospect. 24 Rising sea level has numerous consequences. The most obvious is inundation as the oceans expand at the expense of continents.

3 billion tons. 6 The carbon emissions of individual fossil fuels vary. Coal burning releases more carbon per unit of energy produced than oil does, and oil more than natural gas. 7 In addition, in recent years the world has been losing 9 million Signs of Stress: Climate and Water 29 hectares of forest per year. Forests store easily 20 times as much carbon per hectare as does land in crops. If the net loss of forests can be eliminated, this source of carbon emissions will disappear. 6 million hectares a year.

3 billion tons. 6 The carbon emissions of individual fossil fuels vary. Coal burning releases more carbon per unit of energy produced than oil does, and oil more than natural gas. 7 In addition, in recent years the world has been losing 9 million Signs of Stress: Climate and Water 29 hectares of forest per year. Forests store easily 20 times as much carbon per hectare as does land in crops. If the net loss of forests can be eliminated, this source of carbon emissions will disappear. 6 million hectares a year.

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