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Worldwatch Institute

Works: 924 works in 2,347 publications in 4 languages and 70,293 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Serial publications  Abstracts 
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Classifications: HC79.E5, 363.7005
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World watch( )

in 3 languages and held by 2,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vital signs 2003 : the trends that are shaping our future by Worldwatch Institute( )

31 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graphs, tables, and concise analyses help document the trends that are shaping the world's future
State of the world by Worldwatch Institute( )

in English and held by 2,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

State of the world 2013 : is sustainability still possible? by Ulrike Röttger( )

16 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 'State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?', experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations. If these approaches fall short, the final chapters explore ways to prepare for drastic environmental change and resource depletion, such as strengthening democracy and societal resilience, protecting cultural heritage, and dealing with increased conflict and migration flows."--Provided by publisher
State of the world 2015 : confronting hidden threats to sustainability by Worldwatch Institute( )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Food insecurity, financial assets drained of value by environmental damage, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal origin are among the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system. In State of the World 2015, the flagship publication of The Worldwatch Institute, experts explore hidden threats to sustainability and how to address them. Eight key issues are addressed in depth, along with the central question of how we can develop resilience to these and other shocks. With the latest edition of State of The World, the authorities at Worldwatch bring to light challenges we can no longer afford to ignore
State of the world 2014 : governing for sustainability by Worldwatch Institute( )

26 editions published in 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.'s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments' progress has been lackluster. That's not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Action--on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crises--is being driven by local, people's, women's, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations. These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institute's highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institute's 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internet's impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance. The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens' ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics--and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world." -- Publisher's description
State of the world, 2010 : transforming cultures : from consumerism to sustainability : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society( )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This year's volume of State of the World considers how "cultures of consumption" can be transformed into "cultures of sustainability." Many ideas take inspiration from diverse traditions: religions can be called upon to embrace their own deepest values and renounce materialism, practices honoring elders as transmitters of ancient wisdom can be spread beyond regions where they still thrive (Africa, India, etc.); thousand-year-old Asian farming methods can be revived. Ideas for restructuring education include replacing the "Three Rs" with the "Seven Rs" ("reduce, reuse, recycle, respect, reflect, repair, and responsibility") and emphasizing "environmental education" in higher learning. The largest-scale changes include shifting societal goals from "maximizing growth of the market economy to maximizing sustainable human well being," ensuring that the burden of reduced production falls on the wealthiest, not the poorest
State of the world 2011 : innovations that nourish the planet : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society by Royce Gloria Androa( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"State of the World 2011 ... assesses the state of agricultural innovations--from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy--with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health in the hope of guiding governments, foundations, and concerned citizens in their efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty."--Back cover
State of the World : Can a City Be Sustainable? by Worldwatch Institute( )

13 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cities are the world's future. Today, more than half of the global population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice. From Portland, Oregon to Ahmedabad, India, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. Throughout, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow."--Back cover
Vital signs 2012 : the trends that are shaping our future by Worldwatch Institute( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From organic farming to high-speed rail to wind power, Vital Signs 2012 documents, analyzes, and illustrates with clear tables and graphs 24 key trends that are shaping our future. This nineteenth volume of the Worldwatch Institute series demonstrates that despite a number of positive developments, more work is needed to get the planet on a more-sustainable track. Vital Signs 2012 tracks developments in the environment, agriculture, energy, society, and the economy to inform and inspire the changes needed to build a sustainable world."--Book cover p.[4]
EarthEd : rethinking education on a changing planet by Worldwatch Institute( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores traditional areas of environmental education such as nature-based learning and systems thinking, as well as new essential topics including social-emotional learning and the importance of play. This edition of the State of the World series examines how, by rethinking education, people worldwide can better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. --From publisher description
State of the world 2008 : innovations for a sustainable economy : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society by G Gardner( )

36 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Environmental issues were once regarded as irrelevant to economic activity, but today they are dramatically rewriting the rules for business, investors, and consumers. Around the world, innovative responses to climate change and other environmental problems are affecting more than $100 billion in annual capital flows as pioneering entrepreneurs, organizations, and governments take steps to create the Earth's first sustainable global economy. This volume examines new technologies and advances from around the world that show promise as a means to create a sustainable global economy and stop the depletion of natural resources and the environment. Featuring chapters on renewable energy, innovations in clean production, commons resources, trade policy, finance for sustainability, new economic yardsticks, and many other topics, [this book] is [a] global-level publication to showcase a wide range of diverse innovations and to demonstrate their near-term potential to put whole societies on a sustainable path. Common to these innovations is a rethinking of key economic assumptions and business practices to create economies that meet people's needs while protecting the planet. --From back cover
Beyond Malthus : sixteen dimensions of the population problem by Lester R Brown( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Danish and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study looks at 16 dimensions or effects of population growth in order to gain a better perspective on how future population trends are likely to affect the human prospect. The evidence gathered here indicates that the rapid population growth prevailing in a majority of the world's countries is not going to continue much longer. Either countries will get their act together, shifting quickly to smaller families, or death rates will rise from one or more [stresses such as AIDS, ethnic conflicts, or water shortages]." The sixteen topics are grain production, fresh water, biodiversity, climate change, oceanic fish catch, jobs, cropland, forests, housing, energy, urbanization, natural recreation areas, education, waste, meat production, and income. (Excerpt)
Vital signs : the trends that are shaping our future by Worldwatch Institute( )

in English and Italian and held by 1,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview of potential topics discussed: health challenges (Ecosystem health, public health, and economic health) -- Food and agriculture trends -- Energy trends -- Atmospheric trends -- Economic trends -- Transportation trends -- Health and social trends -- Military trends -- Environmental features -- Economy and finance features -- Resource economics features -- Transportation features -- Health features -- Social features
Building a sustainable society by Lester R Brown( Book )

3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brown argues that, as with the ancient Mayans, escalating world food demands are leading to topsoil losses that are eroding the foundation of present civilization. Deforestation, overgrazing and overfishing are shrinking the economy's resource base, leading to the biological equivalent of deficit financing. Unremitting inflation indicates that the transition to a sustainable society is behind schedule. Yet Brown finds reason for hope, China has recently halved its population growth rate and U.S. oil imports were cut by a third in two years. There are exciting signs of a shift to renewable energy, endowing the economy with permanence. Unlike the Mayans, today's societies know the course corrections needed to put it on a sustainable path
State of the world, 2001 : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society by Worldwatch Institute( )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, the Institute's research team takes a fresh look at the most difficult challenge the world faces: how to build an environmentally sustainable economy before we do permanent damage to the natural systems that support our global civilization. From the thinning of the Arctic sea ice to the invasion of the mosquito borne West Nile virus, this work shows how the economic boom of the last decade has damaged natural systems. The increasingly visible evidence of environmental deterioration is only the tip of a much more dangerous problem: the growing inequities in wealth and income between countries and within countries, inequities that will generate enormous social unrest and pressure for change. The authors argue that to solve the Earth's environmental problems, we must simultaneously address the problems of the world's poor peoples. The book demonstrates that there are ways to move rapidly to improve the environment and meet the material needs of all 6 billion members of the human family. More than 10 million people have already benefited from small loans from micro credit programs like those pioneered by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and BancoSol in Bolivia. And farmers in developing countries are converting to organic agriculture to grow organic foods to export to industrial countries
State of the world 2012 : moving toward sustainable prosperity : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society by Worldwatch Institute( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1992, governments at the Rio Earth Summit made a historic commitment to sustainable development--an economic system that promotes the health of both people and ecosystems. Twenty years and several summits later, human civilization has never been closer to ecological collapse, one third of humanity lives in poverty, and another 2 billion people are projected to join the human race over the next 40 years. How will we move toward sustainable prosperity equitably shared among all even as our population grows, our cities strain to accommodate more and more people, and our ecological systems decline? To promote discussion around this vital topic at the Rio+20 U.N. Conference and beyond, State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable prosperity showcases innovative projects, creative policies, and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. In articles from experts around the world, this report presents a comprehensive look at current trends in global economics and sustainability, a policy toolbox of clear solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and human challenges, and a path for reforming economic institutions to promote both ecological health and prosperity." -- Provided by publisher
Vital Signs 2010 : the trends that are shaping our future by Linda Starke( )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis: From rising meat and seafood production to changes in the climate, Vital Signs 2010 documents 24 trends that are shaping our future and includes concise analyses and clear graphs." "This seventeenth edition of the Worldwatch Institute series shows that climate change continues to cast a long shadow over the world's leading economic, social, and environmental trends. Some of the trends revealed inside are:" On the Cover: Taklamakan Desert Flanked to the north and south by two parts of the ancient Silk Road, the Taklamakan Desert in northwestern China is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world. The area has become a major oil and gas supplier even as local oasis communities battle advancing sands. Desertification in China and Asia is expected to worsen due to human activities like farming and to a changing climate that includes more frequent and prolonged droughts
Vital signs 2011 : the trends that are shaping our future by Worldwatch Institute( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From economic growth to sea-level rise, Vital Signs 2011 documents the trends that are shaping our future in concise analysis and clear tables and graphs. This volume makes it clear that the Great Recession affects many of the world's leading economic, social, and environmental trends, but that the impact can be very different by country. This volume reveals, for example: Gross world product increased by just 0.3 percent in 2009, a substantial slowdown from the 2000-2008 average yearly increase of 6.6 percent. But China's economy grew by 9.1 percent, and India's by 7.4 percent. From 1993 to 2009, sea level rose 3.0 millimeters per year as warming melted polar and glacial ices, much faster annual rate than the 1.7 millimeter annual average for the preceding 118 years. Solar photovoltaic capacity increased by 20 percent in 2009, and solar thermal electric power plant capacity increased by 26 percent. Global wind power capacity grew more than 31 percent in cumulative installations, the highest rate in the last eight years. Natural gas consumption dropped by 2.1 percent, the largest recorded one-year decline. The planet's biodiversity continued to suffer, with the addition of 365 species to the "threatened" category of the Red List maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a 2.1 percent increase
Running on empty : the future of the automobile in an oil-short world by Lester R Brown( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an initial assessment of the fast changing oil outlook and its implications for the future of the automobile. Until recently, there was little reason to doubt that the automobile's role would continue to expand for the forseeable future. But that assumption no longer seems so certain. The automobile and the sprawling global auto industry are entering perhaps the most difficult period in their history. Their difficulties stem chiefly from the twin problems of growing precariousness in the world's oil supplies and rapidly rising oil prices
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Beyond Malthus : sixteen dimensions of the population problem
State of the world, 2010 : transforming cultures : from consumerism to sustainability : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable societyState of the world 2011 : innovations that nourish the planet : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable societyState of the world 2008 : innovations for a sustainable economy : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable societyBeyond Malthus : sixteen dimensions of the population problemState of the world, 2001 : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable societyVital Signs 2010 : the trends that are shaping our futureVital signs 2011 : the trends that are shaping our future
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