Category Archives: Environment & Society

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 ››

Slavery is a thing of the past, right? Think again.

Most people think slavery is a thing of the past and has nothing to do with them. They’re wrong on both counts. Slaves or trafficked victims are exploited in mining (gold, coltan, molybdenum, niobium, tin), agriculture, weaving, ship breaking, brick and charcoal making, timber cutting, quarrying, and fish processing. Victims are also involved in pornography, prostitution, … Continue Reading ››

Morocco’s Clean Energy, Clear Advantage: Lessons on Energy Access

Africa has tremendous energy resources, yet 600 million people across the continent lack energy access. We take a look at clean energy in Morocco for lessons on reducing energy poverty in Africa. Providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable access to energy has become a core focus of the international development community and is the seventh goal of the 2015 … 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 ››

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 ››