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Renner, Michael 1957-

Works: 80 works in 355 publications in 3 languages and 14,330 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Contributor, Director, pdr, Compiler
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Most widely held works by Michael Renner
Vital signs : the trends that are shaping our future by Worldwatch Institute( )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vital Signs Volume 21 is all about growth. From natural disasters to cars to organic farming, the two dozen trends examined here indicate both increasing pressure on natural resources and scaled up efforts to live more sustainably. In 2012, world auto production set yet another record with passenger-car production rising to 66.7 million. That same year, the number of natural disasters climbed to 905, roughly one hundred more than the 10-year annual average, and 90 percent were weather related. Alongside these mounting pressures come investments in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. The number of acres of land farmed organically has tripled since 1999, though it still makes up less than 1% of total farmland. Not all the statistics are going up. Key measures of development aid have fallen, as have global commodity prices. Yet the overall trend is expansion, both for the good and ill of the planet. Vital Signs provides the latest data available, but its value goes beyond simple numbers. Through insightful analysis of global trends, it offers a starting point for those seeking solutions to the future's intensifying challenges. -- Publisher
State of the world 2015 : confronting hidden threats to sustainability by G Gardner( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Food insecurity, financial assets drained of value, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal origin are among the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system. In this volume, experts explore these hidden threats along with the central question of how we can develop resilience to these and other shocks
State of the World : Can a City Be Sustainable? by Worldwatch Institute( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cities are the world's future. Today, more than half of the global population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice. From Portland, Oregon to Ahmedabad, India, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. Throughout, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow." --Cover
State of the world 2012 : moving toward sustainable prosperity : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society by Worldwatch Institute( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In articles from experts around the world, this report presents a comprehensive look at current trends in global economics and sustainability, a policy toolbox of clear solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and human challenges, and a path for reforming economic institutions to promote both ecological health and prosperity."--Page 4 of cover
Fighting for survival : environmental decline, social conflict, and the new age of insecurity by Michael Renner( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the Cold War, it has become clear to citizens everywhere that it is not the march of armies that is the clearest threat to peace and stability but rather the disaster of pervasive resource loss, refugees who are forced across borders, and social instability that makes war primarily an action within, rather than between, states. Renner argues that global leaders and citizens must find a new sense of mission and destiny, and must reclaim the security terminology from war-making institutions. He shows that social, economic, and environmental stresses and pressures on societies worldwide call for a new definition of security, and hence for a new set of priorities. Poverty, unequal distribution of land, and the degradation of ecosystems are among the most pressing issues undermining security. Soldiers and tanks are at best irrelevant and at worst an obstacle to solving such problems. An understanding of security that fits today's world will require a shift from conflicts of national security to cooperation for global security. Instead of defense of the status quo, sustainable security calls for change and adaption, instead of "green-helmet" intervention forces, we will need to transform war-making institutions and create new priorities for sustainable development
Small arms, big impact : the next challenge of disarmament by Michael Renner( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical juncture : the future of peacekeeping by Michael Renner( Book )

14 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anatomy of resource wars by Michael Renner( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ending violent conflict by Michael Renner( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working for the environment : a growing source of jobs by Michael Renner( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking the role of the automobile by Michael Renner( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Budgeting for disarmament : the costs of war and peace by Michael Renner( Book )

11 editions published between 1900 and 1994 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swords into plowshares : converting to a peace economy by Michael Renner( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jobs in a sustainable economy by Michael Renner( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stewardship. Making the transition
National security : the economic and environmental dimensions by Michael Renner( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

State of the World 2009 : into a warming world : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects over twenty-five articles that examine the long-term consequences of global warming, focusing on the human and ecological effects of inaction with regard to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and covers the importance of new technologies as well as human choice
State of the world 2005 : a Worldwatch Institute Report on progress toward a sustainable society by Linda Starke( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Security concerns remain high on the world's agenda. In this year's annual report, Worldwatch researchers explore underlying sources of global insecurity including poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources. Find out [in this book] why terrorism is just symptomatic of a far broader set of complex problems that require more than a military response. This work presents a collection of essays that examine the global security environment in 2005, and posit an argument that a key component in lasting safety lies with policy changes such as moving away from dependence on oil, managing water conflicts, containing infectious diseases, and moving toward global disarmanment
Beyond disasters : creating opportunities for peace by Michael Renner( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Indian Ocean tsumani, the Kashmir earthquake, Hurricane Katrina--these disasters affected millions of people and captured the world's attention, elicting some of the most generous humanitarian responses ever. Unfortunately, we now face a future in which disasters will become more common, more powerful, and--in many cases--more deadly. With increasing populations, climate change, and environmental destruction, our communities may be at greater risk than ever before. When disasters occur in conflict zones, the devastation is compounded. If aid is not distributed fairly among disaster and conflict survivors, new rifts can emerge. Relief groups must be prepared to tread a fine line as they work alongside armed militaries and rebel factions. But there can be an unexpected silver lining: although disasters harm people and communities in conflict areeas, the cooperation and goodwill following these events may jolt the political landscape, bringing renewed opportunities for peace. Relief and reconstruction efforts can build trust among combatants, ultimately even bringing conflicts to an end. This report examines three unique situations in conflict-affected areas following disasters, focusing on Indonesia's Aceh province and Sri Lanka, both affected by the 2004 tsunami, and on the long-contested region of Kashmir, devastated by the 2005 earthquake. The experiences of these regions yield important lessons that clarify the connections between disasters, conflict, development, and peacemaking
State of the world 2014 : governing for sustainability by Worldwatch Institute( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.'s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments' progress has been lackluster. That's not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Action--on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crises--is being driven by local, people's, women's, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations. These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institute's highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institute's 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internet's impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance. The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens' ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics--and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world." -- Publisher's description
Vital signs 1999 : the environmental trends that are shaping our future by Lester R Brown( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global trends documented in Vital Signs 1999--from a decline in nuclear power generating capacity to the proliferation of genetically modified crops--will play a large part in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in the next decade
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Fighting for survival : environmental decline, social conflict, and the new age of insecurity
State of the World 2009 : into a warming world : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable societyState of the world 2005 : a Worldwatch Institute Report on progress toward a sustainable societyVital signs 1999 : the environmental trends that are shaping our future
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Renner, Michael 1957-

مايكل رنر، 1957-

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