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  • Environmental Milestones: A Worldwatch Retrospective 39` x 27` Timeline Poster

    Environmental Milestones: A Worldwatch Retrospective 39` x 27` Timeline Poster

    Trace key moments in the modern environmental movement from the 1960s until today. Explore pivotal events, scientific breakthroughs, and obstacles through an illustrated full-color, 39' x 27' poster, printed with soy inks on recycled, uncoated paper—ready to hang as-is, or cut along dotted line and place end-to-end to create a six-and-a-half-foot long timeline.Makes a great tool for teaching, presentations, and

  • State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures

    State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures

    Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth’s ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe, but may usher in an era of sustainability—one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth.In State of the World 2010, sixty renowned res

  • Vital Signs 2010

    Vital Signs 2010

    From rising meat and seafood production to changes in the climate, Vital Signs 2010 documents 24 trends that are shaping our future and includes concise analyses and clear graphs.

  • Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health

    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

  • State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World

    State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World

    What must we do in the 21st century—especially in 2009 and the years just following—to head off the kind of climate catastrophe that many scientists now see as likely?State of the World 2009 is intended to inject new inspiration and energy into national and international climate negotiations by conveying the profound, long-term consequences of the experiment we are now conducting on the Earth's atmosphere, with an

  • State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy

    State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy

    Environmental issues were once regarded as irrelevant to economic activity, but today they are dramatically rewriting the rules for business, investors, and consumers. Around the world, innovative responses to climate change and other environmental problems are affecting more than $100 billion in annual capital flows as pioneering entrepreneurs, organizations, and governments take steps to create the Earth’s first “sustainable&rdqu

  • Oceans in Peril: Protecting Marine Biodiversity

    Oceans in Peril: Protecting Marine Biodiversity

    SummaryUniquely among the universe’s known planets, the Earth is a sphere dominated by watery oceans. They cover 70 percent of its surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. Life almost certainly originated in the oceans, yet the biological diversity of marine habitats is threatened by the activities of one largely land-based species: us. The activities through which humans threaten mar

  • Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace

    Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace

    Two recent tragedies, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, gave rise to hopes that three longstanding Asian conflicts could finally be brought to an end: the separatist uprising in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, the civil war in Sri Lanka, and the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Amid terrible loss of life, these disasters presented residents and policymakers alike with a host of new c

  • Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans

    Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans

    At a time when international treaties, restrictive quotas, and global regulation of fleets have proven ineffective in protecting beleaguered fish populations, a surprising ally is emerging to tackle the growing fisheries crisis. Buyers of seafood—including individual consumers, school cafeterias, supermarket chains, and large food processors—are choosing to avoid threatened or problematic species in favor of fish that are caught or

  • State of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India

    State of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India

    This year, Worldwatch Institute's annual State of the World report provides a special focus on China and India and their impact on the world as major consumers of resources and polluters of local and global ecosystems. The report explains the critical need for both countries to 'leapfrog' the technologies, policies, and even the cultures that now prevail in many western countries for the sake of global sustainability—and reports on some

  • Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry

    Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry

    In Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry, Worldwatch researcher Danielle Nierenberg documents the harmful effects of factory farming in both industrialized and developing countries and explains the range of consequences for the environment, human health and communities. From transmission of disease and loss of livestock diversity to hazardous and unsanitary processing methods, this book shows clearly why factory farming is an unsa

  • Liquid Assets: The Critical Need to Safeguard Freshwater Ecosystems

    Liquid Assets: The Critical Need to Safeguard Freshwater Ecosystems

    By taking advantage of the work that healthy watersheds and freshwater ecosystems perform naturally, cities and rural areas can purify drinking water, alleviate hunger, mitigate flood damages, and meet other societal goals at a fraction of the cost of conventional technological alternatives.But because commercial markets rarely put a price on these 'ecosystem services,' and because governments around the world are failing to protect t

  • State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security

    State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security

    Security concerns remain high on the world's agenda. In this year’s annual report, Worldwatch researchers explore underlying sources of global insecurity including poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources.

  • Sustainable Development for the Second World: Ukraine and the Nations in Transition

    Sustainable Development for the Second World: Ukraine and the Nations in Transition

    The 27 nations of the Second World—the former Soviet Union and its Central and Eastern European satellites—are undergoing a wrenching transition following the collapse of communism. The process is complicated by the history and legacy of communist rule, including severe economic, governance, and environmental problems. In some of these countries, such as Ukraine, the upheaval has led to a period of predatory capitalism and declinin

  • Purchasing Power: Harnessing Institutional Procurement for People and the Planet

    Purchasing Power: Harnessing Institutional Procurement for People and the Planet

    Through the things that they buy, large institutions wield great influence over the future of our planet. Nearly every institutional purchase, from office paper to buildings, entails hidden costs for the natural environment and the world's people. Shifting just a portion of that spending away from harmful goods and services to more environmentally friendly alternatives can benefit ecosystems and communities, save money, and send a powerful mes

  • Winged Messengers: The Decline of Birds

    Winged Messengers: The Decline of Birds

    Birds inspire people with their beauty, song, and powers of flight. But birds cannot fly far enough to escape the dangers posed by our modern, ever-more-crowded world. Birds are under threat as never before; at least 103 species have vanished since 1800, and as many as 1,200 of the world's 9,800 bird species face extinction within the century. Birds require many of the same things we need for a sustainable future, and their alarming decline is

  • Invoking the Spirit: Religion and Spirituality in the Quest for a Sustainable World

    Invoking the Spirit: Religion and Spirituality in the Quest for a Sustainable World

    A powerful pro-environmental coalition may be emerging worldwide as religious people and institutions begin to partner with advocates of sustainable development. The past decade saw a small but growing number of meetings, advocacy initiatives, educational programs, and lobbying efforts by the two communities, who long had kept each other at arm's length.In Worldwatch Paper 164: Invoking the Spirit, Gary Gardner, Worldwatch Reseach Dir

  • The Anatomy of Resource Wars

    The Anatomy of Resource Wars

    In several countries around the developing world, abundant natural resources help fuel conflict, either by attracting predatory groups seeking to control them or by financing wars that were initially caused by other factors. Prominent examples include Sierra Leone, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Afghanistan. Conflict has also erupted in several countries where the benefits of mining and logging projects—oil in Colum

  • Traveling Light: New Paths for International Tourism

    Traveling Light: New Paths for International Tourism

    In today's rapidly shrinking world, travelers are trading in over-commercialized mass tourism for more exotic destinations-most of which are in the developing world. From South America to Asia, countries are rushing to capitalize on a wealth of cultural and biological attractions in order to meet this demand.

  • Unnatural Disasters

    Unnatural Disasters

    In the 1990s, natural catastrophes like hurricanes, floods, and fires caused over $608 billion in economic losses worldwide, an amount greater than during the previous four decades combined. But a growing share of this devastation is not 'natural' at all: the effects of a disaster are magnified by ecologically destructive practices, like degrading forests, engineering rivers, filling in wetlands, and destabilizing the climate. And at the same