EPIBuilding a Sustainable Future
Recent Major Publications by Lester Brown


The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2015) with Janet Larsen, J. Matthew Roney, and Emily E. Adams

Breaking New Ground: A Personal History (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2013)

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2012)

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2011)

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2009)

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2008)

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2006)

Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2005)

Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2003)

The Earth Policy Reader (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2002) with Janet Larsen and Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth (W.W. Norton & Co., NY: 2001)

Plan B Updates:

"India's Dangerous 'Food Bubble'" (12/4/2013)
"Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?" (7/9/2013)

"The Great Transition, Part II: Building a Wind-Centered Economy" (10/31/2012)
"The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy" (10/25/2012)
"Rising Temperature Raising Food Prices" (8/8/2012)
"World in Serious Trouble on Food Front" (7/24/2012)

"U.S. Carbon Emissions Down 7 Percent in Four Years: Even Bigger Drops Coming" (11/2/2011)
"U.S. Gasoline Use Declining: Keystone XL Pipeline Not Needed" (10/6/2011)
"A Fifty Million Dollar Tipping Point?" (8/10/2011)
"When the Nile Runs Dry" (6/7/2011)
"Water Shortages Threaten Food Future in the Arab Middle East" (5/3/2011)
"World One Poor Harvest Away From Chaos" (2/15/2011)
"The Great Food Crisis of 2011" (1/14/2011)

"Rising Temperatures Raise Food Prices – Heat, Drought, and a Failed Harvest in Russia" (8/10/2010)
"U.S. Car Fleet Shrank by Four Million in 2009 – After a Century of Growth, U.S. Fleet Entering Era of Decline" (1/6/2010)

"Growing Demand for Soybeans Threatens Amazon Rainforest" (12/20/2009)
"The Copenhagen Conference on Food Security" (11/10/2009)
"U.S. Headed for Massive Decline in Carbon Emissions" (10/14/2009)
"On Energy, We're Finally Walking the Walk" (9/21/2009)

"Creating New Jobs, Cutting Carbon Emissions, and Reducing Oil Imports by Investing in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency" (12/11/2008)
"The Flawed Economics of Nuclear Power" (10/28/2008)
"New Energy Economy Emerging in the United States" (10/15/2008)
"Time for Plan B: Cutting Carbon Emissions 80 Percent by 2020" (7/2/08) with Janet Larsen, Jonathan G. Dorn, and Frances Moore
"Want a Better Way to Power Your Car? It's a Breeze" (9/2/08) (originally appeared in the Washington Post (8/31/08)
"World Facing Huge New Challenge on Food Front: Business-as-Usual Not a Viable Option" (4/16/08)
"Melting Mountain Glaciers Will Shrink Grain Harvests in China and India" (3/20/08)
"Timeline for The Beginning of the End for Coal" (4/2/08)

"U.S. Moving Toward Ban on New Coal-Fired Power Plants" (2/14/07)
"Why Ethanol Production Will Drive World Food Prices Even Higher in 2008" (1/24/08)
"Is World Oil Production Peaking?" (11/15/07)
"Ban the Bulb: Worldwide Shift from Incandescents to Compact Fluorescents Could Close 270 Coal-Fired Power Plants" (5/9/07)
"Massive Diversion of U.S. Grain to Fuel Cars is Raising World Food Prices" (3/21/07)
"Distillery Demand for Grain to Fuel Cars Vastly Understated: World May Be Facing Highest Grain Prices in History" (1/4/07)

"Santa Claus is Chinese OR Why China is Rising and the United States is Declining" (12/14/06)
"Exploding U.S. Grain Demand for Automotive Fuel Threatens World Food Security and Political Stability" (11/3/06)
"The Earth is Shrinking: Advancing Deserts and Rising Seas Squeezing Civilization" (11/15/06)
"U.S. Population Reaches 300 Million, Heading for 400 Million: No Cause for Celebration" (10/4/06)
"Supermarkets and Service Stations Now Competing for Grain" (7/13/06)
“Let’s Raise Gas Taxes and Lower Income Taxes” (5/12/06)
“Wind Energy Demand Booming: Cost Dropping Below Conventional Sources Marks Key Milestone in U.S. Shift to Renewable Energy” (3/22/06)

"Learning From China: Why the Western Economic Model Will not Work for the World" (3/9/05)
"China Replacing the United States and World's Leading Consumer" (2/16/05)

" Foreign Policy Damaging U.S. Economy" (10/27/04)
"A Short Path to Oil Independence" (10/13/04)
"World Food Security Deteriorating: Food Crunch In 2005 Now Likely" (05/05/04)
"World Food Prices Rising: Decades of Environmental Neglect Shrinking Harvests in Key Countries" (04/28/04)
"Saudis Have U.S. Over a Barrel: Shifting Terms of Trade Between Grain and Oil" (4/14/04)
"Europe Leading World Into Age of Wind Energy" (4/8/04)
"China's Shrinking Grain Harvest: How Its Growing Grain Imports Will Affect World Food Prices" (3/10/04)
"U.S. Leading World Away From Cigarettes" (2/18/04)
"Troubling New Flows of Environmental Refugees" (1/28/04)

"Wakeup Call on the Food Front" (12/16/03)
"Coal:U.S. Promotes While Canada and Europe Move Beyond" (12/3/03)
"World Facing Fourth Consecutive Grain Harvest Shortfall" (9/17/03)
"Record Temperatures Shrinking World Grain Harvest" (8/27/03)
"China Losing War with Advancing Deserts" (8/4/03)
"Wind Power Set to Become World's Leading Energy Source" (6/25/03)
"World Creating Food Bubble Economy Based on Unsustainable Use of Water" (3/13/03)

"Global Temperature Near Record for 2002: Takes Toll in Deadly Heat Waves, Withered Harvests, & Melting Ice" (12/11/02)
"Rising Temperatures & Falling Water Tables Raising Food Prices" (8/21/02)
"Water Deficits Growing in Many Countries" (8/6/02)
"World Turning to Bicycle for Mobility and Exercise" (7/17/02)
"New York: Garbage Capital of the World" (4/17/02)
"Earth's Ice Melting Faster Than Projected" (3/12/02)
"World's Rangelands Deteriorating Under Mounting Pressure" (2/5/02)
"World Wind Generating Capacity Jumps 31 Percent in 2001" (1/8/02)

"This Year May be Second Warmest on Record" (12/18/01)
"World Grain Harvest Falling Short by 54 Million Tons: Water Shortages Contributing to Shortfall" (11/21/01)
"Rising Sea Level Forcing Evacuation of Island Country" (11/15/01)
"Worsening Water Shortages Threaten China's Food Security" (10/4/01)
"Wind Power: The Missing Link in the Bush Energy Plan" (5/31/01)
"Dust Bowl Threatening China’s Future" (5/23/01)
“Paving the Planet: Cars and Crops Competing for Land” (2/14/01)

“Obesity Epidemic Threatens Health in Exercise-Deprived Societies” (12/19/00)
“HIV Epidemic Restructuring Africa’s Population” (10/31/00)
“Fish Farming May Overtake Cattle Ranching As a Food Source” (10/3/00)
“OPEC Has World Over a Barrel Again” (9/8/00)
“Climate Change Has World Skating on Thin Ice” (8/29/00)
“The Rise and Fall of the Global Climate Coalition” (7/25/00)
“HIV Epidemic Undermining sub-Saharan Africa” (7/18/00)
“Population Growth and Hydrological Poverty” (6/21/00)
“U.S. Farmers Double Cropping Corn And Wind Energy” (6/7/00)
“World Kicking the Cigarette Habit” (5/10/00)
“Falling Water Tables in China” (5/2/00)
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