Worldwatch Report #179: Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use

Land makes up a quarter of Earth’s surface, and its soil and plants hold three times as much carbon as the atmosphere. More than 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions arise from the land use sector. Thus, no strategy for mitigating global climate change can be complete or successful without reducing emissions from agriculture, forestry, and other land uses. Moreover, only land-based or “terrestrial” carbon sequestration offers the possibility today of large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, through plant photosynthesis.

Worldwatch Report #178: Low-Carbon Energy: A Roadmap

Technologies available today, and those expected to become competitive over the next decade, will permit a rapid decarbonization of the global energy economy. New renewable energy technologies, combined with a broad suite of energy-efficiency advances, will allow global energy needs to be met without fossil fuels and by adding only minimally to the cost of energy services.

Worldwatch Report #177: Green Jobs: Working for People and the Environment

The pursuit of so-called "green jobs"—employment that contributes to protecting the environment and reducing humanity's carbon footprint—will be a key economic driver of the 21st century. "Climate-proofing" the global economy will involve large-scale investments in new technologies, equipment, buildings, and infrastructure, which will provide a major stimulus for much-needed new employment and an opportunity for retaining and transforming existing jobs.

Worldwatch Report #176: Farming Fish for the Future

From Asia to North America, people are eating more seafood, either because it’s the most affordable form of protein (as in many poorer nations) or because it’s the latest health food trend (as in many wealthy nations). But as the demand for fish rises, populations of both marine and freshwater species are being overexploited, resulting in stagnant or declining catches from many wild fisheries.

Worldwatch Report #175: Powering China’s Development: The Role of Renewable Energy

China’s need for secure, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy for its 1.3 billion people is palpable. In 2006, China’s energy use was already the second highest in the world, having nearly doubled in the last decade, and its electricity use is growing even faster, having doubled since 2000. With both energy-intensive industry and high-tech manufacturing, China now serves as factory to the world.

Worldwatch Report #174: Oceans in Peril: Protecting Marine Biodiversity

Uniquely among the universe’s known planets, the Earth is a sphere dominated by watery oceans. They cover 70 percent of its surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. Life almost certainly originated in the oceans, yet the biological diversity of marine habitats is threatened by the activities of one largely land-based species: us. The activities through which humans threaten marine life include overfishing, use of destructive fishing methods, pollution, and commercial aquaculture.

Worldwatch Report #173: Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace

This report describes the recent experiences of Indonesia’s Aceh province, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir, among others, and suggests ways to better integrate disaster and conflict responses. The authors note that the human toll taken by natural disasters is increasing, adding to the list of deadly challenges faced by poor communities and countries worldwide, and that women, children, and the elderly are among those most vulnerable.

This publication is out of print, but the PDF and e-reader format is still available for purchase. 

Worldwatch Paper #172: Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans

Buyers of seafood—including individual consumers, schools, supermarkets, and large food distributors—can play an important role in reversing fishery declines and preserving the fresh catch of tomorrow. This report offers a refreshing reminder that we are not doomed to face an ocean wasteland "inhabited primarily by sea slime and jellyfish." Rather, a public that better understands the state of the world's oceans can be a driving force in helping governments pass legislation to ban destructive fishing, mandate seafood labels, decrease consumption of endangered fish, and create sustainable marine preserves.

American Energy - The Renewable Path to Energy Security

In advocating the thoughtful expansion of renewable technologies, American Energy presents a clear and practical path to end this country’s troublesome addiction to fossil fuels.

Worldwatch Paper #171: Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry

From transmission of disease and loss of livestock diversity to hazardous and unsanitary processing methods, factory farming is an unsafe, inhumane, and ecologically disruptive form of meat production. This report documents the harmful effects of factory farming in both industrialized and developing countries and explains the range of consequences for the environment, human health, and communities.