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CHINA DEDEV KEY TO ENVIRONMENT Chinese economic growth causes throwaway economics causing environmental degradation  Radio Free Europe, 2  (  Lester Brown says the modern world faces an imminent choice : It must either bring its economy into line with the demands   of the environment or prepare for decline and eventual collapse. The rate at which the world's economy   grows and its population expands will simply soon exhaust most of the natural resources on which they   vitally depend . "Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth" is the latest of numerous publications by the world-renowned environmentalist  on the links between the ecology and the global economy. In it, Brown urges a massive shift in thinking he likens to the sensational assertion by Polish  astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who was the first to support the heliocentric theory of the universe -- that it is the Earth that revolves around the sun,  not the sun around the Earth .  In order for the global economy to survive, Brown says, it must recognize that it is   dependent on the world's ecology -- not the other way around . "Today we're faced with a somewhat similar situation [as the pre- Copernican world]. The question is whether the economy is part of the ecosystem -- whether the economy is part of the environment or whether the  environment is part of the economy," Brown says. "Most economists, and I think business leaders, would think of the environment as being a subsector of  the economy -- it's basically the 'pollution sector.'"  But Brown argues that it is the ecologists who are right and that the design of the economy must  recognize the limits set by the ecosystem. Right now, the global economy is "out of sync" with the environment, he says. Brown, who in 1971 founded the  Worldwatch research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues, presents a long list of evidence of what he calls "mounting stresses"  in the relationship between ecology and the economy -- shrinking forests, expanding deserts, collapsing fish stocks, falling water tables, eroding soils,  rising carbon dioxide levels, rising temperatures, melting polar icecaps, increasingly destructive storms, disappearing species, and the growing pollution of  air and water. In Brown's vision, our civilization now appears to be at the apex of a cycle of unsustainability which, historically, has always led to decline  and destruction.  "Our current economy is slowly destroying its support systems. We know from earlier civilizations, whose archeological sites we now 
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