The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization known around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Worldwatch research is the gold-standard for sustainability analysis for decision makers in government, civil society, business, and academia.

Worldwatch experts meet frequently with government and private leaders to inform their decisions. The Institute leverages a global network of partner organizations and senior fellows that allows it to reach key decision makers. Our current geographic focus is on Brazil, China, India, Europe, and the United States—the areas of the world that are pivotal to addressing the world’s environmental and social problems.

Founded in 1974, Worldwatch disseminates its work in more than 100 countries via the Internet and global news media.

About Us

Founded in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization trusted by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues.

The Institute’s interdisciplinary research is based on the latest scientific studies and focuses on the challenges that climate change, resource degradation, and population growth pose for meeting human needs for energy, food, and livelihoods in the 21st century. Worldwatch’s flagship annual State of the World reports remain the most authoritative “go-to” resource for decision makers on how environmental factors are shaping our rapidly changing world.

In 1992, Worldwatch began publishing the semi-annual report Vital Signs. For nearly two decades, this publication tracked key environmental indicators and trends from a multidisciplinary perspective unique to Worldwatch expertise.

Now available in a convenient and easy-to-access online format, Vital Signs Online is an interactive, subscription-based tool that provides hard data and research-based insights on the sustainability trends that are shaping our future. All of the trends include clear analysis and are placed in historical perspective, allowing you to see where the trend has come from and where it might be headed. New trends cover emerging hot topics—from global carbon emissions to green jobs—while trend updates provide the latest data and analysis for the fastest changing and most important trends today. Every trend includes full datasets and complete referencing.

Mission

Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

History

Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown as an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns, Worldwatch was quickly recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its foresight and accessible, fact-based analysis. Now under the leadership of population expert and author Robert Engelman, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.

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FEATURED SERVICES

Climate and Energy Program

Worldwatch Institute's Climate and Energy Program is dedicated to achieving a transformation of the global energy system in order to stabilize the climate and increase energy security.

Green Economy Program

Worldwatch Institute's Green Economy Program recognizes that the global environmental and economic crises have common origins and must be tackled together. The program seeks to offer solutions that enhance human wellbeing and reduce inequities while protecting the planet. The dual crises share the same roots, namely a narrow pre-occupation with short-term gain at the expense of long-term sustainability. Solving both of them requires technological ...

FEATURED BOOKS, CD-ROMS ...

State of the World 2004: Special Focus: The Consumer Society

A Bangladeshi child eats a bowl of rice. An American child plays with a plastic doll. A woman in Finland talks on a cell phone. A man in Zimbabwe fills his car with gasoline. A Japanese woman reads a newspaper.

Powering China’s Development: The Role of Renewable Energy

SummaryChina’s need for secure, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy for its 1.3 billion people is palpable. In 2006, China’s energy use was already the second highest in the world, having nearly doubled in the last decade, and its electricity use is growing even faster, having doubled since 2000. With both energy-intensive industry and high-tech manufacturing, China now serves as factory to

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Company details

Business Type:
NGO

Industry Type:
Environmental

Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

Year Founded:
1974

Employees:
11-100

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