Art That Walks in the World

Two California artists are creating public sculptures that heal damaged ecosystems and eventually disappear back into nature.
Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien have received plenty of accolades for their public sculptures over the years. But the review they like best? The turtle scat that they discovered each morning along one section of their work. “The animals … Continue Reading ››

Corporate Speed Dating: Coupling India’s Smart Cities with Smart Investment for Sustainability

Building off nearly 10 months of extensive public and private sector consultation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began in April to green-light initial projects under the country’s Smart Cities Initiative (SCI). The SCI benchmarks, formulated in response to rapid urban population growth, aim to modernize environmentally sustainable transport, housing, utility, and connectivity services … Continue Reading ››

An Oasis in the Food Desert

Arcadia Mobile Market tackles food insecurity in Washington, D.C., by driving the grocery store around. Is food security just a school bus away?
Four years ago, D.C. Restaurateur of the Year and co-owner of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group Michael Babin solved a problem that had plagued him for quite a while: the sourcing of local and … Continue Reading ››

Gobitec: Connecting Northeast Asia to Renewables

The first initiative of its kind in Asia, Gobitec is a novel effort to tackle energy security through expanded renewable energy development and regional cooperation in one of the most energy-consuming parts of the world. The project aims to harness solar and wind power from the Gobi Desert and to distribute it to Northeast Asian … Continue Reading ››

Energy Costs Rising as National Debts Grow

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Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to Nathan John Hagens, contributing author to State of the World 2015, nations are papering over those costs with debt. Higher energy costs are leading to continued recessions, excess claims on future natural resources, and more severe social inequality and poverty.

Reestablished China-Brazil beef trade means more than cheap churrasco

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On the Brazilian leg of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Latin America tour that also included visits to Colombia, Chile and Peru, Brazil’s environment ministry announced that a three-year ban on beef exports to China would be imminently lifted. Nine industrial beef producers have now been approved to supply the Chinese market after the formal cancellation of the ban, in place since 2012 because of a single reported case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease). The approval of more Brazilian beef plants is expected to follow.

You, Me, and the Sea: Our Life with Coral Reefs

Picture, if you will, a clear blue sea. You’re going snorkeling along a coral reef. This is biodiversity on over-drive: Every square centimeter is covered with hundreds of little creatures. You see millions upon millions of tentacle-rimmed mouths—each feeding a tiny individual coral polyp—guarded savagely by resident crabs, fish, and shrimp. Right next door, a myriad … Continue Reading ››

Creative Urban Farming

Providing food for a growing population sustainably and creatively
The world’s current food system is flawed.  With so many mouths to feed, western society has resorted to intensive agriculture that relies heavily on petroleum-based technology, like tractors, plows, and seed drills.  With increasing population and advances in technology, farms are now competing on a global … Continue Reading ››

10 Reasons to Take the Bike Challenge Today

May is bike month! Pick up a bike and ride your way to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Take the #Bikechallenge2015 by substituting your car commute by a bike ride (and share your photos on our brand new Instagram account at @worldwatchinstitute with the hashtag #bikechallenge2015). With all of the benefits of biking, it’s no … Continue Reading ››

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