We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Can we think systemically and fashion policies accordingly? Can we change direction before we go over the edge? Here are a few of the many facts from my latest book, World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, to consider: There will be 219,000 people at the dinner table tonight who were not there last night -- many of them with empty plates. If the 2010 heat wave centered in Moscow had instead been centered in Chicago, it could easily have reduced the U.S. grain harvest of …
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Lester R. Brown is founder and president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
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