This year, Worldwatch Institute's annual State of the World report provides a special focus on China and India and their impact on the world as major consumers of resources and polluters of local and global ecosystems. The report explains the critical need for both countries to 'leapfrog' the technologies, policies, and even the cultures that now prevail in many western countries for the sake of global sustainability—and reports on some of the strategies that China and India are starting to implement.
Besides the focus on China and India, State of the World 2006 looks at actions corporations can take to be more socially responsible; examines the potential socioeconomic, health, and environmental implications of nanoscale technologies; assesses the impacts of large-scale development of biofuels on agriculture and the environment; describes mercury sources, industrial uses, and health hazards worldwide; and provides an overview of the need to safeguard freshwater ecosystems, with examples of proven approaches in cities, villages, and farming regions around the world.
List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures
Foreword - Xie Zhenhua
Foreword - Sunita Narain
State of the World: A Year in Review
Chapter 1: China, India, and the New World Order
Chapter 2: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry
Chapter 3: Safeguarding Freshwater Ecosystems
Chapter 4: Cultivating Renewable Alternatives to Oil
Chapter 5: Shrinking Science: An Introduction to Nanotechnology
Chapter 6: Curtailing Mercury's Global Reach
Chapter 7: Turning Disasters into Peacemaking Opportunities
Chapter 8: Reconciling Trade and Sustainable Development
Chapter 9: Building a Green Civil Society in China
Chapter 10: Transforming Corporations