Utility 2.0: An Opportunity Not to Be Wasted

The waste sector permeates almost every aspect of our society, and its mismanagement can lead to serious problems. Worldwide, we generated 1.3 billion tons of waste in 2012, which accounted for about 5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. This volume is project to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 2025, with most … Continue Reading ››

Enlisting Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church to address population, climate change, and cultural heritage

Endowed with natural and cultural attractions, Ethiopia has set its sights to be one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. In recent years, it has crafted an innovative sustainable approach to its tourism sector as a means to promote conservation and create job opportunities for its burgeoning population. According to the latest United Nations medium-variant projections, … Continue Reading ››

Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

Misconceptions about climate-induced migration could lead to inadequate support for affected populations. 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 refugees” have become the human face of global warming, their very … Continue Reading ››

A Pathway to Affordable, Sustainable Energy in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday, at the Energy Ministry of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Worldwatch Institute presented analyses and recommendations to government officials and energy stakeholders to support a transition to a sustainable energy system in the country. Minister for Energy and Mines Dr. Antonio Isa Conde, Vice Minister of Energy Ernesto Vilalta, Secretary of … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

Vision for a Sustainable World