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State of the World 2015

  • State of the World is a widely respected series of publications with a dependable base of devoted readers

  • State of the World 2015 examines critical environmental threats that have typically been ignored or underreported its subjects are both fresh and timely

  • The Worldwatch Institute is known as a leading authority on emerging environmental issues

Part of the book series: State of the World (STWO)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Seeds of Modern Threats

      • Michael Renner
      Pages 3-17
  3. Emerging Issues

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
    2. Energy, Credit, and the End of Growth

      • Nathan John Hagens
      Pages 21-35
    3. The Trouble with Growth

      • Peter A. Victor, Tim Jackson
      Pages 37-49
    4. Avoiding Stranded Assets

      • Ben Caldecott
      Pages 51-63
    5. The Oceans: Resilience at Risk

      • Katie Auth
      Pages 79-90
    6. Whose Arctic Is It?

      • Heather Exner-Pirot
      Pages 91-104
    7. Emerging Diseases from Animals

      • Catherine C. Machalaba, Elizabeth H. Loh, Peter Daszak, William B. Karesh
      Pages 105-116
    8. Migration as a Climate Adaptation Strategy

      • François Gemenne
      Pages 117-126
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Childhood’s End

      • Tom Prugh
      Pages 129-140
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 141-165

About this book

We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Food insecurity, financial assets drained of value by environmental damage, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal origin are among the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system.
In State of the World 2015, the flagship publication of The Worldwatch Institute, experts explore hidden threats to sustainability and how to address them. Eight key issues are addressed in depth, along with the central question of how we can develop resilience to these and other shocks. With the latest edition of State of The World, the authorities at Worldwatch bring to light challenges we can no longer afford to ignore.


  • Environment
  • sustainability
  • Climate
  • Pollution
  • Warming world
  • climate change

Authors and Affiliations

  • Worldwatch Institute, Washington, USA

    Worldwatch Institute

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: State of the World 2015

  • Authors: Worldwatch Institute

  • Series Title: State of the World

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Island Press Washington, DC

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Worldwatch Institute 2015

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-61091-611-0Published: 16 November 2015

  • Series ISSN: 2945-5758

  • Series E-ISSN: 2945-5766

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 165

  • Number of Illustrations: 44 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Climate Change