Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Evidence Links Family Planning with Improved Environmental Outcomes
A collaborative international assessment of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers published since 2005 finds significant, albeit indirect, evidence that access to voluntary family planning can contribute to an environmentally sustainable world ( fpesa.net ). Among more than 900 peer-reviewed...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has receivedrecommendations for reaching an ambitious regional target of 48% renewable energy generation by 2027. The Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment, released today by the Worldwatch Institute, also...
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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Land "Grabbing" Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle
Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares---- an area about the size of Japan---- has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation ( www.worldwatch.org ). "Farmland is lost or degraded on every continent,...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Global Consumption Trends Break New Records
From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute's latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution, and climate change may come with underappreciated social...
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Thursday, September 03, 2015
Arctic Peoples Overlooked as GLACIER Conference Thaws Climate Discussions
On August 30-31, President Obama traveled to Alaska to address the U.S. State Department's conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), highlighting international and domestic priorities in the region. However, as politicians and...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats
The combination of overfishing and climate change may be putting the oceans' health --- and our own wellbeing --- at risk. As State of the World 2015 contributing author Katie Auth explains, protecting lives and livelihoods will require urgent and concerted action to improve the oceans' condition...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation
Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These "climate refugees" have become the human face of global warming, their very...
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
New Report Unveils Pathway to Affordable, Sustainable Energy in Dominican Republicenglish
Yesterday, at the Energy Ministry of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Worldwatch Institute presented analyses and recommendations to government officials and energy stakeholders to support a transition to a sustainable energy system in the country. Minister for Energy and Mines Dr...
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Monday, April 13, 2015
Hidden Threats Imperil Quest for Sustainable Societies Worldwide, Report Finds
The world's economies and people face hidden dangers to sustainability that demand immediate action. According to State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, the latest edition of the annual series from the Worldwatch Institute, these threats, driven directly or...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Genetically Modified Crop Industry Continues to Expand
One of the familiar narratives for the promotion of genetically modified (GM) crops is that they have the potential to alleviate poverty and hunger. But the real impacts of GM crops deserve closer assessment, writes Wanqing Zhou, research associate in the Food and Agriculture Program at the...
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