Our Top 5 Sustainability Blogs From 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back to our greatest sustainability hits of the year.

From sustainable agriculture to family planning, the diversity of topics covered by our top 5 blogs showcases our readers’ appreciation for big-picture thinking and systems-level solutions.

Here are your Worldwatch favorites from 2016! Thank you for your readership this year.


1. Parks or People? Five Cities That Are Choosing Both

As increasing numbers of people squeeze into cities, where can urban communities grow green spaces?

Landscape architects and urban planners are finding innovative solutions to pack more green spaces within city boundaries, without pushing out existing living and working spaces. Here are five examples of stunning parks that incorporate green spaces into the fabric of urban life.

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2. Four Important Lessons from Cuba’s Urban Food Survival Strategy

Today, Cuba has become a regional leader in sustainable agricultural research. Within its practices and institutions lies a model for localized and small-scale urban agriculture.

Out of necessity, Cuba underwent a social, scientific, and economic push toward self-sufficiency. Although Cuba’s successes relied on country-specific policy adoptions and favorable geographic conditions, the country’s scientific frameworks and practices are widely applicable in other regions.



3. Why Your Stuff Turns to Junk and Cooks the Planet

The widespread acceptance of “planned obsolescence”—or artificially limiting the useful life of a product by making it unfashionable or no longer functional—has been a major driver of unsustainable economic structures for the last century or so.

Many companies, no matter how simple or sophisticated their products, have hewed to a philosophy of disposable production in pursuit of ever-growing sales.



4. Five Ways to Build Inclusive Cities

Underlying injustice is present every day throughout cities worldwide. How can we move beyond it?

“There is an urgent need for a transformative urban future that is socially just, inclusive, and ecologically viable,” write contributing authors James Jarvie and Richard Friend in Worldwatch’s Can a City Be Sustainable? (State of the World). We share five of Jarvie and Friend’s recommendations.



5. “Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population

As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs.

To figure out why so many reef fish are in trouble, Mora plugged all of the possible factors into a massive data-driven analysis. One reason stood out from all the rest: the density of nearby human population. What happened next gave Mora an insight into why population has become a taboo topic—often avoided, if not intentionally ignored—in peer-reviewed literature, scientific conferences, and academic discussions.


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One thought on “Our Top 5 Sustainability Blogs From 2016”

  1. My pet hate is that humans don’t value other species unless it can be shown their extinction will effect them personally. This is unnatural behaviour but we learn to be this way. I think with a return to more natural human compassion and empathy (to fellow humans and fellow species), we will learn to survive and live fulfilled lives as well. My personal journey, started with withdrawing my financial support from any product that exploits others, whether it be humans or non human animals. This is a natural human/humane reaction, which is only hard when we are raised to be selfish. I am of course living vegan and my latest step was taking a Vipassana meditation course. Vegan is the key but the meditation is also proving very helpful in learning to practice true compassion. My wish is that parents think twice about having children unless they have the future of our earth firmly in their minds when raising children. Selfishness got us here, compassion will save our planet.

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