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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 ››

A Step Towards Transformation

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 ››

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 ››

Financing Climate-Conscious Investments in Latin America, Post-Lima

Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political leaders in early 2015. Building on the Lima Call for Climate Action, these summits have the important objective of creating functional and market-based mechanisms to achieve … 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 ››