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"[Brown's] ability to make a complicated subject accessible to the general reader is remarkable." -- Katherine Salant, Washington Post"Lester Brown is one of the pioneers and heroes of global environmentalism. If the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize had been extended to a third recipient, the logical candidate would have been Lester Brown." -- E. O. WilsonAs fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined even a year ago. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun investing in energy sources that can last forever. Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition to a new energy economy and how it will affect our daily lives.

Author Biography

Lester R. Brown is the president of Earth Policy Institute, a research organization based in Washington, DC. Brown has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, and Japan's Blue Planet Prize.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Selling Our Futurep. 3
Food: The 'Weak Linkp. 4
The Emerging Politics of Food Scarcityp. 9
Our Global Ponzi Economyp. 14
Mounting Stresses, failing Statesp. 18
Plan B-A Plan to Save Civilizationp. 23
The Challenges
Population Pressure: Land and Waterp. 31
Civilization's Foundation Erodingp. 32
Water Tables Pallingp. 38
Farmers Losing Water to Citiesp. 41
Land and Water Conflictsp. 44
Cars and People Compete for Grainp. 48
The Rising Tide of Environmental Refugeesp. 51
Climate Change and the Energy Transitionp. 55
Rising Temperature and Its Effectsp. 56
Melting Ice, Rising Seasp. 61
Melting Glaciers, Shrinking Harvestsp. 66
Rising Temperatures, Falling Yieldsp. 69
The Decline of Oil and Coalp. 71
A Challenge Without Precedentp. 75
The Response
Stabilizing Climate: An Energy Efficiency Revolutionp. 79
A Revolution in Lighting Technologyp. 81
Energy-Efficient Appliancesp. 84
Zero-Carbon Buildingsp. 87
Electrifying the Trans-port Systemp. 91
A New Materials Economyp. 96
Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumersp. 103
The Energy Savings Potentialp. 106
Stabilizing Climate: Shifting to Renewable Energyp. 109
Turning to the Windp. 113
Solar Cells and Thermal Collectorsp. 117
Energy from the Earthp. 125
Plant-Based Sources of Energyp. 128
Hydropower: Rivers, Tides, and Wavesp. 132
The World Energy Economy of 2020p. 135
Designing Cities for Peoplep. 143
The Ecology of Citiesp. 145
Redesigning Urban Transportp. 147
The Return of Bicyclesp. 151
Reducing Urban Water Usep. 154
Farming in the Cityp. 158
Upgrading Squatter Settlementsp. 160
Cities for Peoplep. 162
Eradicating Poverty and Stabilizing Populationp. 168
Educating Everyonep. 171
Toward a Healthy Futurep. 174
Stabilizing Populationp. 181
Rescuing Failing Statesp. 185
A Poverty Eradication Agenda and Budgetp. 188
Restoring the Earthp. 192
Protecting and Restoring Forestsp. 193
Planting Trees to Sequester Carbonp. 198
Conserving and Rebuilding Soilsp. 202
Regenerating Fisheriesp. 206
Protecting Plant and Animal Diversityp. 209
The Earth Restoration Budgetp. 211
Feeding Eight Billion People Wellp. 216
Raising Land Productivityp. 217
Raising Water Productivityp. 222
Producing Protein More Efficientlyp. 226
The Localization of Agriculturep. 230
Strategic Reductions in Demandp. 233
Action on Many Frontsp. 236
The Great Mobilization
Can We Mobilize Fast Enough?p. 241
Shifting Taxes and Subsidiesp. 244
Coal: The Beginning of the Endp. 249
Stabilizing Climatep. 253
Three Models of Social Changep. 256
A Wartime Mobilizationp. 259
Mobilizing to Save Civilizationp. 261
What You and I Can Dop. 266
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 363
About the Authorp. 369
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