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    World resources 1988-89.

    World Resources Institute; International Institute for Environment and Development; United Nations Environment Programme [UNEP]

    New York, New York, Basic Books, 1988. xii, 372 p.

    The US Environment Program has joined the World Resources Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development to put together the periodic, objective, and current report of conditions and trends of the natural resources of the planet. The 1988-1989 report represents the first biennial report. One section of the report includes reviews on world resources. The last section is full of data tables and charts for those world resources. The world resources addressed range from population and health to global systems and cycles. The focus of the human settlements chapter is urban solid waste disposal and that of the wildlife and habitat chapter is on sustainable development and biological diversity. The policies and institutions chapter discusses agricultural, forestry, and livestock policies. Even though the focus of the population and health chapter is on pesticide use and health (3000-20,000 deaths from pesticide poisoning annually), it has not neglected the AIDS pandemic. Despite increasing per capita food production in every region except Africa, the numbers of hungry people are growing. The leading sources of energy in the world are fuelwood and oil. The middle section of the report centers on rehabilitating and restoring degraded lands, especially degraded mountains, drylands, and irrigated cropland. The report contains a detailed index to direct readers to their particular area of interest.
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