Tag Archives: sustainability

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 ››

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 ››

Learning from Icarus

What if Icarus’ father—knowing his son would fly too close to the sun—had made the wings he designed more resilient? What if he had used bone and string and not just wax to bind them? Would this ancient myth have turned out any differently? Probably not. Icarus would have simply flown closer to the … 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 ››

How New York City Was Saved: Sustainability at the Local Level

As noted in State of the World 2014 and in many other places, local and municipal governments have often led their national counterparts in implementing sustainability policies. It is, after all, local and municipal governments which operate close to the people they serve, and so it's not surprising that they would often have a heightened sense … Continue Reading ››