Sneak Peek: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

It's almost here! Our newest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, will be making its public debut on April 20. Join us for the webcast of our EarthEd Syposium, live from Appalachian State University. You can also pre-order your copy today!

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Agricultural Workers Are on the Front Line of Climate Change

Due to long hours outdoors, interacting with heavy machinery, and exposure to toxic chemicals, farmers and other agricultural workers are already vulnerable to a variety of occupational hazards that can threaten their physical health and well-being. These hazards range from heat-related illness, physical injury, and noise-induced hearing loss to respiratory diseases. Now, research is unveiling … Continue Reading ››

How Three Women Are Changing the World Through Solar Power

Given the transformative potential of solar power to address growing concerns about climate change, pollution, and sustainable energy integration, as well as to effectively harness the unique skills of women, it is crucial to recognize and cultivate this relationship. Because of its potential to spur economic independence, decision-making power, and social mobility, solar energy has a … Continue Reading ››

Slavery is a thing of the past, right? Think again.

Most people think slavery is a thing of the past and has nothing to do with them. They’re wrong on both counts. Slaves or trafficked victims are exploited in mining (gold, coltan, molybdenum, niobium, tin), agriculture, weaving, ship breaking, brick and charcoal making, timber cutting, quarrying, and fish processing. Victims are also involved in pornography, prostitution, … Continue Reading ››

Morocco’s Clean Energy, Clear Advantage: Lessons on Energy Access

Africa has tremendous energy resources, yet 600 million people across the continent lack energy access. We take a look at clean energy in Morocco for lessons on reducing energy poverty in Africa. Providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable access to energy has become a core focus of the international development community and is the seventh goal of the 2015 … Continue Reading ››

What You Should Know About the Chocolate You’re Eating

Few things are better than biting into a good piece of chocolate. But melting into dark chocolate  autopilot may be hiding a darker side of this sweet treat. Take a bite. Then take a minute to think. Have you ever considered where your chocolate comes from? You might know that it grows on trees (perhaps justifying … Continue Reading ››

Could Rising Seas Yield Common Ground? Exploring Opportunities for Climate Collaboration with the Trump Administration

Try it yourself. A quick Twitter search demonstrates the depth of U.S. President Donald Trump's skepticism of the science behind human-induced climate change. Unsurprisingly, this belief formed the foundation for much of Trump’s campaign platform for energy policy. Combined with the prospect of full Republican control in Congress for at least the next two … Continue Reading ››

How Off-grid Renewable Energy Can Power Tanzania

The East African country of Tanzania faces a serious electrification challenge. Only 2 percent of rural households have access to electricity, and most of the rural population relies on expensive, hazardous, and low-quality fuels such as kerosene for lighting and charcoal for cooking. Access to electricity and other modern energy services is fundamentalContinue Reading ››

The Dominican Republic Committed to Cutting Carbon Emissions 50 Percent: Why is it Building Coal Plants?

Worldwatch created a roadmap for a clean energy future in the Dominican Republic. One year later, we look at how far the country has come—and where work remains. Just over one year ago, the Worldwatch Institute launched its Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Dominican Republic, the third and final such report in a multi-year … Continue Reading ››

Uruguay’s Energy Transition Will Make You a Believer in a Clean Energy Future

Is a renewable energy future possible? A look at Uruguay’s renewable energy story may make you a believer that clean energy is only a few well-placed policies away. Beyond Uruguay’s impressive performance in economy, democracy, human development, and equity, the country has another remarkable area: the recent structural transformation of its energy sector. Rather than … Continue Reading ››

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