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 ››
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.
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.
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 ››
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 ››
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 ››
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 ››
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 ››
This story was produced in partnership with FUTUREPERFECT.
In Reading, the United States’ second poorest city, the residents’ group Permacultivate is practicing and preaching local food production.
As you enter the 2,500-foot greenhouse, you immediately notice the large 300-gallon plastic tanks to the left. A few steps closer, you can see the tilapia … Continue Reading ››