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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Mobilizing the Global Business Community to Achieve Sustainable Prosperity

Transnational corporations are now so numerous and in some cases so well capitalized that their global influence now rivals and in many cases exceeds that of governments, according to research published by the Worldwatch Institute.

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Rapid Biodiversity Loss Continues in Absence of Political Action and Accurate Assessments of Ecosystem Values

Finding ways to value ecosystem health economically and to engage the world’s indigenous peoples in the process is key to saving biological diversity, a Worldwatch author suggests in the Institute’s most recent book. Such efforts are all the more urgent because the addition of more plant and animal species to lists of those threatened or

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Green Economic Transition Needed to Achieve More Equitable and Sustainable Development

As global unemployment continues to rise and job opportunities remain scarce, especially for youth, the creation of a green economy might hold the answers to addressing some of today’s most critical challenges. Global unemployment reached an estimated 205 million in 2010, up from 177 million in 2007, according to the Worldwatch Institute’s recently released report,

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011

During 2011, 820 natural catastrophes were documented around the world, resulting in 27,000 deaths and $380 billion in economic losses, according to data compiled by Munich Reinsurance Company and analyzed in the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs series. The number of natural catastrophes was down 15 percent from 2010 but was above the annual average of

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Electricity Access Still Insufficient in Developing Countries

Between 1990 and 2008, close to 2 billion people worldwide gained access to electricity. But the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that more than 1.3 billion people still lack access to electricity, while the United Nations estimates that another 1 billion have unreliable access. The UN General Assembly has designated 2012 as the “International Year

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Use and Capacity of Global Hydropower Increases

Global use of hydropower increased more than 5 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Hydropower use reached a record 3,427 terawatt-hours, or about 16.1 percent of global electricity consumption, by the end of 2010, continuing the rapid rate of increase experienced

Monday, October 31st, 2011

As Global Population Surpasses 7 Billion, Two Clear Strategies for a Sustainable Future

As the global population surpasses 7 billion people sometime around the end of October, addressing the challenges associated with a still-growing world population will require a two-pronged response, according to experts with the Worldwatch Institute. The combined measures of empowering women to make their own decisions about childbearing and significantly reducing global consumption of energy

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

U.S. Must Commit to Sustainability to Overcome Mounting Economic and Ecological Strains

Entire sets of assumptions, beliefs, and practices will need to be overturned if the United States is to build a sustainable economy in the decades ahead, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute, Creating Sustainable Prosperity in the United States: The Need for Innovation and Leadership. The report assesses the country’s environmental record

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Land Grabs in Agriculture

The trend of international land grabbing – when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export – can have serious environmental and social consequences, according to researchers at the Worldwatch Institute. Deals that focus solely on financial profit can leave

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Farming the Cities, Feeding an Urban Future

As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. “Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and other cities across sub-Saharan Africa,” said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of

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