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  • First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched

    First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched

    Representatives from the 15 member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have received recommendations for reaching an ambitious regional target of 48% renewable energy generation by 2027. The Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy ...

  • 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 ...

  • New report unveils pathway to affordable, sustainable energy in Dominican Republic

    New report unveils pathway to affordable, sustainable energy in Dominican Republic

    An efficient, renewable-based energy system could save the island nation up to US$25 billion over the next 15 years Yesterday, at the Energy Ministry of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Worldwatch Institute presented analyses and ...

  • Energy Costs Rising as National Debts Grow

    Energy Costs Rising as National Debts Grow

    Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to State of the World 2015 contributing author Nathan John Hagens, a former hedge fund manager who teaches human macro-ecology at the University ...

  • 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 ...

  • Climate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

    Climate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

    Global coal consumption rose 3 percent from 2012 to 2013, reaching over 3,800 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. While the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010, the continued increase in coal consumption and related carbon ...

  • 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 ...

  • New Study Addresses Renewable Energy Market Barriers in Latin America and the Caribbean

    New Study Addresses Renewable Energy Market Barriers in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is already a global low-carbon leader in terms of power generation from hydrological and biomass resources. Declining costs, maturing technologies, and vast untapped potentials including ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rise and Shine: Haiti’s Bright Energy Future

    Rise and Shine: Haiti’s Bright Energy Future

    Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25% of the Haitian population ...