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Hal Kane works in Washington, D.C., where he writes on environment and development issues. He attended the University of Michigan and the John Hopkins University of Advanced International Studies, for undergraduate and graduate school, respectively. He has organized venture capital conferences and has worked on various documents and speeches for several nonprofit organizations and the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently he is focusing on trade policy and other connections between economics and the environment.
Linda Starke has been working on population and environment issues for more than twenty years, and has been a freelance writer and editor since 1982. She is the author of Signs of Hope: Working Towards Our Common Future,_ a summary of developments since the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, which she edited. She edits and oversees the production of State of the World,_ Worldwatch Institute's annual review of progress toward a sustainable society. She has also worked with the Office of Technology Assessment, the U.N. Development Programme, the World Bank, the World Conservation Union, and the World Resources Institute.