What is the Social Future of Cities? 6 Expert Insights

Can cities shift their systems and structures to become sustainable? This is the second of two exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, Can a City Be Sustainable?, scheduled for official release on May 10, 2016. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, D.C. or livestream online. Here … Continue Reading ››

Changing Climate, Changing China

What does China’s climate commitment mean for the world? Within the last year, the world has made pivotal commitments toward greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation. The international community has agreed on both Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 and emissions reduction goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change … Continue Reading ››

This Earth Day, Humans Hog the Spotlight

Have we, as a species, shifted Earth’s systems so much that we can now name an entire geological epoch after ourselves? This Earth Day, Worldwatch’s Gary Gardner reflects on what it means to be Homo sapiens on a changing planet. If you are middle-aged, as I am, your birth may be laden with deep new meaning … Continue Reading ››

What is the Energy Future of Cities? 5 Expert Insights

Can cities shift their systems and structures to become sustainable? This is the first of two exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, Can a City Be Sustainable?, scheduled for official release on May 10, 2016. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, D.C. or livestream online.Continue Reading ››

Fixing Water Infrastructure, Creating Jobs: A Win-Win for the Planet

If you had scanned the news on water issues over the past year, the following stories might have jumped out at you:
  • Children in Flint, Michigan, are likely suffering permanent brain damage caused by lead in the city’s water system.
  • Residents of São Paulo in Brazil—the most water-rich country on the planet—have turned on their … Continue Reading ››

Herbs Help Dairy Farms Abandon Antibiotics

Joining forces, dairy farmers in the Netherlands and Uganda are learning from Indian experts about using medicinal herbs to prevent animal diseases and reduce the widespread reliance on antibiotics for livestock. Many of us picture dairy farms with rolling green pastures and lazily grazing cows, but the vast majority of commercial dairy products come from intensive … Continue Reading ››

Four Unexpected Champions of the Clean Transportation Revolution

Greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are growing faster than those from any other sector. With the transportation sector already accounting for nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, investing in public transportation is a critical strategy to address global climate change. Strategies to curb transport emissions, such as by transitioning to … Continue Reading ››

From Omen to Opportunity: How Cheap Oil Is Accelerating Sustainable Energy Investment

An increasingly unprofitable global oil market is driving fuel prices to historic lows and hemorrhaging investment in conventional energy sources. Breaking with tradition, cheap oil no longer foretells disaster for renewable energy companies. On the contrary, disillusioned fossil fuel investors are seeking high-growth opportunities—just in time to ride the renewables wave in the wake of … Continue Reading ››

Women’s Empowerment and the Environment: What Does Science Say?

“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves, standin’ on their own two feet and ringin’ on their own bells,” sang Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox in a 1985 hit song. On International Women’s Day 2016 today (March 8), is it fair to ask whether sisters also are doing it for the earth? Or, put … Continue Reading ››

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