State of the World 1987: A Woridwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society. Lester R. Brown et al. W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 1987. 268 pp. $18.95 HB, $9.95 PB.

The Worldwatch Institute has performed a valuable service for the public and governments with the publication of this detailed report, State of the World 1987, which examines the interdependencies of human population growth, resources, the environment and the world economy. Lester Brown, president of the institute, and his colleagues assess the influence of rapid population growth on soil erosion, overgrazing, deforestation, air pollution, and water and energy shortages. With this as a basis, the influence of natural resource degradation and resource shortages on food supplies, the economy, and the standard of living of people is analyzed.

The authors point out that never before in history have human numbers so dominated the Earth and its resources. The...

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