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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Vital Signs Online- Free Trial Subscription Available Now!

Vital Signs Online is an interactive, subscription-based system that provides historical data and concise, research-based insights and analysis on critical sustainability trends that are shaping our future. With VSO, you save the time of research and get presentation-ready charts and graphs for your immediate use or ready to be customized by you. Check VSO out with a free two-week trial subscription and see what a valuable resource it can be ...

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Program

Welcome to the era of food activism. More than ever before, how we farm and feed ourselves is how we change the world around us. Worldwatch Institute's Sustainable Agriculture Program highlights the benefits to farmers, consumers, and ecosystems that can flow from food systems that are flexible enough to deal with shifting weather patterns, productive enough to meet the needs of expanding populations, and accessible enough to support rural ...

FEATURED BOOKS, CD-ROMS ...

Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health

SummaryOver the past two-to-three hundred years, humanity’s ecological footprint has ballooned to such an extent that we are now fundamentally altering the planet. We have transformed the Earth’s land surface and altered the function of its ecosystems, and we are triggering the rapid loss of both terrestrial and marine life. We are also profoundly changing our planet’s climate. It is increasingly app

Reading the Weathervane: Climate Policy from Rio To Johannesburg

The world is on the brink of bringing into force one of the most far-reaching environmental treaties of all time, the Kyoto Protocol. And even without the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States, on board, signatories of the Protocol are setting the stage for a new generation of policymaking worldwide, reports a new study-the first ten-year review of global climate policy since the Rio Earth Summit.

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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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