Category Archives: State of the World

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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Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 2): Pushing Limits

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the second 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 Continue Reading ››

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 1): Economic Boundaries

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the first 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 … Continue Reading ››

People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

cover_2014SoWColleen Cordes' State of the World 2014 chapter, "The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses," explores the role of ethical capitalism in the quest for sustainable economies.
Entrepreneurs are beginning to challenge business as usual, infusing ethics into the notoriously ruthless corporate world. In State of the World 2014, contributing author … Continue Reading ››

No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions Join the Transition to a Greener Economy

cover_2014SoWJudith Gouverneur and Nina Netzer 's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Take the Wheel and Steer! Trade Unions and the Just Transition," explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy.
Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to … Continue Reading ››

Green or Greedy? Corporations’ Role in Global Sustainable Development

cover_2014SoWLou Pingeot's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Scrutinizing  the Corporate Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda," explores the shifting role of corporations in the UN’s global effort for sustainability.
As national governments flounder to resolve pressing global challenges, corporations are positioning themselves within the United Nations framework as … Continue Reading ››

Digital Dilemma: Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the benefits and challenges that digital technologies offer for sustainability   Washington, D.C.cover_2014SoW—With resource-saving notions like “the paperless office” and “telecommuting,” the digital age holds great environmental promise. But have digital technologies really helped to improve global sustainability? In the Worldwatch … Continue Reading ››

State of the World 2013 Launch and Seminar Report

by Katerina Batzaki

Copenhagen

On the day that Worldwatch Institute launched State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? 69,578 cyclists crossed the Dronning Louise Bridge into the centre of Copenhagen providing a very simple answer to that very weighty environmental question. Of course sustainability is possible, if we make sustainable choices. In the Danish … Continue Reading ››

Launching State of the World 2013

The buzzwords at last Tuesday’s book launch of State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? were those that you would expect from a room full of environmentalists worried about the planet’s future: climate change, sustainability, planetary boundaries. While it may seem that these words are used almost nonchalantly by many of … Continue Reading ››

Launching “State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?”

The buzzwords at last Tuesday’s book launch of State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? were those that you would expect from a room full of environmentalists worried about the planet’s future: “climate change”, “sustainability”, “planetary boundaries”. While it may seem that these words are used almost nonchalantly by many of … Continue Reading ››