An Oasis in the Food Desert

Arcadia Mobile Market tackles food insecurity in Washington, D.C., by driving the grocery store around. Is food security just a school bus away?
Four years ago, D.C. Restaurateur of the Year and co-owner of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group Michael Babin solved a problem that had plagued him for quite a while: the sourcing of local and … Continue Reading ››

Gobitec: Connecting Northeast Asia to Renewables

The first initiative of its kind in Asia, Gobitec is a novel effort to tackle energy security through expanded renewable energy development and regional cooperation in one of the most energy-consuming parts of the world. The project aims to harness solar and wind power from the Gobi Desert and to distribute it to Northeast Asian … Continue Reading ››

Energy Costs Rising as National Debts Grow

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Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to Nathan John Hagens, contributing author to State of the World 2015, nations are papering over those costs with debt. Higher energy costs are leading to continued recessions, excess claims on future natural resources, and more severe social inequality and poverty.

Reestablished China-Brazil beef trade means more than cheap churrasco

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On the Brazilian leg of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Latin America tour that also included visits to Colombia, Chile and Peru, Brazil’s environment ministry announced that a three-year ban on beef exports to China would be imminently lifted. Nine industrial beef producers have now been approved to supply the Chinese market after the formal cancellation of the ban, in place since 2012 because of a single reported case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease). The approval of more Brazilian beef plants is expected to follow.

You, Me, and the Sea: Our Life with Coral Reefs

Picture, if you will, a clear blue sea. You’re going snorkeling along a coral reef. This is biodiversity on over-drive: Every square centimeter is covered with hundreds of little creatures. You see millions upon millions of tentacle-rimmed mouths—each feeding a tiny individual coral polyp—guarded savagely by resident crabs, fish, and shrimp. Right next door, a myriad … Continue Reading ››

Creative Urban Farming

Providing food for a growing population sustainably and creatively
The world’s current food system is flawed.  With so many mouths to feed, western society has resorted to intensive agriculture that relies heavily on petroleum-based technology, like tractors, plows, and seed drills.  With increasing population and advances in technology, farms are now competing on a global … Continue Reading ››

10 Reasons to Take the Bike Challenge Today

May is bike month! Pick up a bike and ride your way to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Take the #Bikechallenge2015 by substituting your car commute by a bike ride (and share your photos on our brand new Instagram account at @worldwatchinstitute with the hashtag #bikechallenge2015). With all of the benefits of biking, it’s no … Continue Reading ››

Water-Energy Nexus in Latin America: Climate Change and Hydropower Vulnerability

Climate change impacts on water resources are increasingly affecting the vulnerability of global hydropower generation. Higher temperatures and changing weather patterns are altering evaporation, river flow, rainfall patterns, frequency of extreme weather, and glacial melting rates. These effects are compounded by the expected increased water demands for economic and population growth, resulting in greater reduction … Continue Reading ››

Utility 2.0: Four Changes That Utilities Are Making to Meet Our Energy Needs and Climate Goals

The energy supply sector (primarily electricity) was responsible for about 17 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2010, or about 35 percent of the global total. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this figure could double or even triple by 2050 unless much greater decarbonization of the sector is achieved. Renewable energy, … Continue Reading ››

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