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  • Global Consumption Trends Break New Records

    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 ...

  • Arctic Peoples Overlooked as GLACIER Conference Thaws Climate Discussions

    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 ...

  • Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats

    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 ...

  • Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

    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 ...

  • As Shale Gas Booms, Effects and Sustainability Remain Unclear

    As Shale Gas Booms, Effects and Sustainability Remain Unclear

    Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China. But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question ...

  • Hidden Threats Imperil Quest for Sustainable Societies Worldwide, Report Finds

    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 ...

  • People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

    People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

    Entrepreneurs are beginning to challenge business as usual, infusing ethics into the notoriously ruthless corporate world. In State of the World 2014, contributing author Colleen Cordes discusses the small, but growing, impact of benefit ...

  • No jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions join the Transition to a Greener Economy

    No jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions join the Transition to a Greener Economy

    Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to safeguard jobs? Labor markets will shift to fit the demands of a greener economy as resources shrink and the climate changes. But with 38 percent of workers worldwide employed ...

  • Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

    Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

    For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of ...

  • Paper Production Levels Off, Environmental Footprint Still High

    Paper Production Levels Off, Environmental Footprint Still High

    In wealthy countries, paper is ubiquitous and is often fated to be discarded soon after purchase, with only a portion recovered for recycling. Although slow improvements have been made in production methods and in the recovery of paper products, ...

  • Green or Greedy? Corporations’ Role in Global Sustainable Development

    Green or Greedy? Corporations’ Role in Global Sustainable Development

    As national governments flounder to resolve pressing global challenges, corporations are positioning themselves within the United Nations framework as efficient players and indispensable partners in international policy debates. But with their ...

  • Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

    Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

    Global energy intensity, defined as worldwide total energy consumption divided by gross world product, decreased 0.19 percent in 2013. Although this may not seem impressive, considering that energy intensity increased steeply between 2008 and 2010, ...

  • Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

    Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

    According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher than 2013 levels, which translates into the release of 37 billion additional tons ...

  • Climate Change Performance Index: Global Shift Needs Further Action

    Climate Change Performance Index: Global Shift Needs Further Action

    Global emissions have reached a new peak, but recent developments indicate a new readiness for action on climate protection. This is the message of the 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI); a ranking of the climate protection ...

  • Global Economy Inches Upward as Environmental and Social Concerns Mount

    Global Economy Inches Upward as Environmental and Social Concerns Mount

    Nationalprogress is often measured almost exclusively by growth in the gross domestic product, or GDP. Yet as the global economy inches upward, actual social and environmental well-being lags. Alternative measures for gauging progress are needed to ...

  • Getting Global: The Hidden Power of Local Leadership

    Getting Global: The Hidden Power of Local Leadership

    Local governments around the world are sending a clear message: we are concerned about climate change impacts, we are taking action ourselves, and we are calling on national governments to increase our joint efforts. Over the last two decades, the ...

  • Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action?

    Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action?

    The existing ecological literacy, or “ecoliteracy,” model of simply addressing the knowledge deficit, rather than addressing the real issue of the behavior deficit, has tended to yield highly knowledgeable individuals who, despite their ...

  • Sustainability Linked to Responsible Governance

    Sustainability Linked to Responsible Governance

    Citizens who expect their governments to lead on sustainability have been badly disappointed in recent years. From largely ineffectual international climate conferences to the failure to pass meaningful U.S. climate legislation, governments’ ...

  • Peacekeeping Budgets Equal Less Than Two Days of Military Spending

    Peacekeeping Budgets Equal Less Than Two Days of Military Spending

    The approved budget for United Nations peacekeeping operations from July 2013 to June 2014 runs to $7.83 billion—$390 million higher than in the previous year. This is the third-highest budget since the record $8.26 billion spent in ...

  • Getting to Effective Climate Change Governance

    Getting to Effective Climate Change Governance

    When a crisis develops, what sort of governance is best? Crises have traditionally resulted from situations of social turmoil, such as military invasion, revolution, or corruption, but expectations are that modern-day emergencies are more likely to ...