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 ››

Water-Energy Nexus in Latin America: Climate Change and Hydropower Vulnerability

Climate change impacts on water resources are increasingly affecting the vulnerability of global hydropower generation. Higher temperatures and changing weather patterns are altering evaporation, river flow, rainfall patterns, frequency of extreme weather, and glacial melting rates. These effects are compounded by the expected increased water demands for economic and population growth, resulting in greater reduction … Continue Reading ››

Utility 2.0: Four Changes That Utilities Are Making to Meet Our Energy Needs and Climate Goals

The energy supply sector (primarily electricity) was responsible for about 17 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2010, or about 35 percent of the global total. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this figure could double or even triple by 2050 unless much greater decarbonization of the sector is achieved. Renewable energy, … Continue Reading ››

A Step Towards Transformation

This story was produced in partnership with FUTUREPERFECT. In Reading, the United States’ second poorest city, the residents’ group Permacultivate is practicing and preaching local food production. As you enter the 2,500-foot greenhouse, you immediately notice the large 300-gallon plastic tanks to the left. A few steps closer, you can see the tilapia … Continue Reading ››

7 Easy Earth Day Tricks for Every Day

While April 22 is a wonderful celebration of our planet, we at Worldwatch believe that every day should be Earth Day. Adopt these easy changes and encourage others to join you in moving society toward a better balance with the natural world.

1. Green your home.

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Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 3): Social Shifts

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the last of three exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, scheduled for official release April 13, 2015. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, DC or livestream online.
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Vision for a Sustainable World