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July-August 2006
Volume 40, No. 4

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ABOUT THIS ISSUE
By Cynthia G. Wagner,
Managing Editor

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Tomorrow in Brief
Sharks and Stars
Smarter Buildings Improve Test Scores
Preparing for Dirty-Bomb Attacks
Bringing Books to Life
Portable Body Scans

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COVER STORY:
Rescuing a Planet Under Stress
By Lester R. Brown
The president of the Earth Policy Institute explains how to put the world economy back on a stable ecological footing.

Plus:

Toward an Ecological Economy

by Robert Costanza

Consumption, Status, and the Changing Chinese Model
By Xiao-yuan Dong

Will Wind and Biofuels Be Enough?
By Mark Blyth

Who Wins and Who Loses in the Sustainable Economy?
By Manuel Pastor Jr.

Can Minority Languages Be Saved? Globalization vs. Culture
By Eric Garland
The increasing mobility of people, goods, and information has driven a powerful trend toward cultural uniformity and the extinction of local languages. But languages that have young people, business, and government on their side are alive and thriving.

The Dragon vs. the Tiger: China and India Reshape the Global Economy
By Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies
India and China will vie for economic and political dominance on the world stage. Here's an assessment of the two nations' short-term and long-term prospects

The Robotic Economy: Brave New World or a Return to Slavery?
By Arnold Brown
Robots are proliferating around the world and are getting smarter. The question for the future is, Will we be in charge or will they?

BOOKS WORLD TRENDS & FORECASTS

The Futurist Bookshelf

Worlds to Conquer Online: Multiplayer Gaming Comes of Age
A book review by Lane Jennings
Imaginary worlds enable billions of people to act out their dreams, and computerized fantasies offer opportunities to make real money, reports Edward Castronova, author of Synthetic Worlds.

Book Review Archive

Society
The Battle Over Sprawl
Blabbing on Your Blog

Environment
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally on Energy Use
Sweden Leads the Way to Lunar Colonization

Economics
Home-Grown Leadership
Information Security's Biggest Enemy

Demography
Global Increase in Glaucoma Foreseen
Replacing Our Body Parts
Graying Rural England

Technology
Neuron–Microchip Interface
Computer Viruses in Luggage and Pets

Government
Securing Food Sources from Attack

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