Category Archives: Climate & Energy

Why We Must Talk About Population

A Response to David Roberts’ Self-Censorship on Overpopulation
Reading David Roberts’ recent explanation of why he never writes on overpopulation, I felt compelled to reply. While Roberts made a set of superficially convincing arguments, ultimately he’s wrong not to focus directly on the population pressures we’re facing. Not confronting population head-on is like … Continue Reading ››

EarthEd Webinar Video Now Online

Last week EarthEd project director Erik Assadourian, and report authors Melissa K. Nelson and Joslyn Rose Trivett joined Ed Saltzburg of the Security & Sustainability Forum to share the findings of EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. Watch the full webinar below and learn the surprising links between sustainability education in prison populations and … Continue Reading ››

This is Where Illiterate Women Become Solar Technicians

Barefoot College is a not-for-profit, grassroots social enterprise that has been providing basic services and solutions to the challenges facing rural poor communities for more than forty years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable, valuing and respecting the knowledge and wisdom that they already possess. The College was founded in 1972, and … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

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 ››