Can an ancient plant teach us how to create healthier soils?

Fast-tracking nature’s design solutions to foster sustainability breakthroughs with the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.
Far up in the Andes mountain range, where the climate is harsh and unforgiving, ancient plants are paving the way for new species to survive and thrive. These plants have been playing this beneficial role for centuries. But more recently, thanks to … Continue Reading ››

Human Population and Animal Extinctions: An Interview with Dr. Jeffrey McKee

"As our human population grows and our difficulties mount to feed over 7 billion people, we are not the only species at stake."

As part of Worldwatch’s investigation on how voluntary family planning relates to environmental sustainability, we reviewed a population paper published in 2013 by Jeffrey McKee, Erica Chambers, and Julie Guseman. In “Human … Continue Reading ››

Three Ways to Ditch the Plastic Footprint While Eating on the Go

Do you usually trash your disposable containers and cutlery after a takeout meal? You don’t need to. With a little pre-planning and some innovative options on the market, you can enjoy your meal and opt to eat, share, or reuse the packaging instead! Plastic is an easy-to-use and convenient option, but single-use plasticware adds unnecessarilyContinue Reading ››

What You Should Know About Latin America and the Caribbean’s Clean Energy Markets

In October, the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) held its fifth finance summit, a gathering of industry professionals focusing on market opportunities, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions to complex energy challenges. The pressing specter of climate change was not lost on the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable … Continue Reading ››

Residents Push Back on Wind Turbines in Lake Erie: Lessons from Denmark

The Icebreaker project, a proposed project to install six offshore wind turbines in the U.S. waters of Lake Erie, has faced heavy public pushback. Local residents and environmental groups worry about the impacts of a wind farm on local wildlife and property values. In Denmark, by contrast, communities have broadly welcomed wind energy projects. … Continue Reading ››

Interview: CARICOM Energy Chief Devon Gardner on the Caribbean Energy Future

Worldwatch’s Alexander Ochs met with Dr. Devon Gardner during the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Week 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Devon is Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He is also a member of the preparatory team of the Caribbean Centre … Continue Reading ››

Three Ways Universities (and Their Students) Are Revolutionizing Sustainability

As leaders of knowledge and innovation, universities are places where sustainable futures are imagined. They are institutions where experts research emerging issues and generate new ideas. They contain multitudes of idealistic and adaptive young students who can be mobilized to protect their futures. It is only natural that some of the most progressive sustainability ideas … Continue Reading ››

Voting With Your Electrons: Can the Grid Democratize As It Goes Green?

Back in August, Worldwatch researcher Philip Killeen wrote about how transforming electrical grids could be the key to achieving the greenhouse gas reduction goals agreed upon at the 2015 Paris climate conference. By coincidence, at about the same time, Bloomsbury Publishing released The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, … Continue Reading ››

Can Coal Miners Become Solar Technicians?

Nothing on Earth moves without energy, and most of the energy that people use is of the fossil variety: coal, oil, and natural gas. Although renewable energy is beginning to make inroads, fossil fuels still account for 78 percent of global final energy consumption as of 2014, according to REN21’s Global Status Report 2016. … Continue Reading ››

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