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Lester R. Brown

Lester R. Brown is the founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch Institutes. He has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, and twenty-five honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Books by Lester R. Brown

  1. Book CoverBeyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge


    On the bicentennial of Malthus's legendary essay on the tendency for population to grow more rapidly than the food supply, the question facing the world is not whether population growth will slow, but how.More

  2. Book CoverBreaking New Ground: A Personal History


    An inspirational memoir tracing Lester Brown’s life from a small-farm childhood to leadership as a global environmental activist.More

  3. Book CoverThe Earth Policy Reader


    Award-winning environmental analyst Lester R. Brown and his colleagues chart progress in building the eco-economy, an economy that is compatible with the earth's ecosystem.More

  4. Book CoverEco-Economy


    "One of the world's most influential thinkers."—Washington PostMore

  5. Book CoverFull House: Reassessing the Earth's Population Carrying Capacity


    Additional information is forthcoming.

  6. Book CoverFull Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity


    With food supplies tightening, countries are competing for the land and water resources needed to feed their people.More

  7. Book CoverThe Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy


    The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.More

  8. Book CoverIn the Human Interest: A Strategy to Stabilize World Population


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  9. Book CoverOutgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures


    How human demands are outstripping the earth's capacities—and what we need to do about it.More

  10. Book CoverPlan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

    Substantially Revised

    “[Brown’s] ability to make a complicated subject accessible to the general reader is remarkable.”—Katherine Salant, Washington PostMore

  11. Book CoverSaving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Sustainable Global Economy


    The authors of the highly acclaimed State of the World series elaborate upon their vision of a global economy that does not destroy its own natural support systems.More

  12. Book CoverState of the World 2000: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Towards a Sustainable Society


    State of the World 2000 shines an intense light on the great challenge our civilization faces: how to use our political systems to manage the difficult and complex relationships between the global economy and the Earth’s ecosystems.More

  13. Book CoverTough Choices: Facing the Challenge of Food Scarcity


    In a world where the need for seafood and grain for the 90 million people being added each year is being satisfied in part by reducing consumption among those already here, the world has little choice but to try and quickly slow population growth. Historically, farmers and fishermen bore the primary responsibility for balancing supply and demand. Now with the fish catch no longer expanding and with the growth in grain production slowing, the principal responsibility rests with the family planners.More

  14. Book CoverThe Twenty-Ninth Day: Accommodating Human Needs and Numbers to the Earth's Resources


    A lily pond, so the French riddle goes, contains a single leaf. Each day the number of leaves doubles—two leaves the second day, four the third, eight the fourth, and so on. Question: If the pond is completely full on the thirtieth day, when is it half full? Answer: On the Twenty-ninth day.More

  15. Book CoverVital Signs 1997


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  16. Book CoverVital Signs 2000: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future


    Whether you read Vital Signs for a preview of the next decade or to verify a particular trend, you will find it comprehensive and authoritative. Vital Signs is an excellent companion volume to Worldwatch's highly acclaimed State of the World series.More

  17. Book CoverWho Will Feed China?: Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet


    In an integrated world economy, China’s rising food prices will become the world’s rising food prices. China’s land scarcity will become everyone’s land scarcity. And water scarcity in China will affect the entire world. China’s dependence on massive imports, like the collapse of the world’s fisheries, will be a wake-up call that we are colliding with the earth’s capacity to feed us. It could well lead us to redefine national security away from military preparedness and toward maintaining adequate food supplies.More

  18. Book CoverWorld on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse


    In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now.More

  19. Book CoverThe World Watch Reader on Global Environmental Issues


    This new edition of The World Watch Reader covers the most important “mega-problems” facing humanity at the outset of the new millennium: how to produce energy for electricity, transportation, and heat without causing dangerous disruptions to climate; how to reverse declining health of the oceans, forests, and freshwater resources on which our well-being absolutely depends; and what to do about the new social instabilities—such as resurgent disease and rising refugee flows—that result from environmental distress.More