Category Archives: Environment & Society

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 ››

Four New Year Wishes for Voters Angry About the Economy

Call me a Pollyanna, but I can’t help but see a hopeful irony in the voter revolt of 2016. Even as the electorate rightly growled about the lack of good jobs, fair trade rules, income inequality, and other measures of economic fairness, economic seeds were germinating across the globe that could go a long way … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

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 ››

Five Ways to Build Inclusive Cities

This year, World Cities Day (October 31) focuses on “inclusive cities, shared development.” But with rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving? Striking with indiscriminate intensity, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean and the eastern United States in late September. The Category 4 storm plowed the U.S. Gulf Coast … Continue Reading ››