State of the World Reports

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability  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.

State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?

State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling it today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction.

State of the World 2012: Creating Sustainable Prosperity

State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

State of the World 2012 builds on three decades of experience to offer a clear, pragmatic look at the current state of global ecological systems and the economic forces that are reshaping them—and how we can craft more-sustainable and equitable economies in the future. 

State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet

“State of the World 2011 objectively states the hunger, water and environmental problems facing Africa and the rest of the world, and illuminates a multitude of encouraging answers that are already saving lives and livelihoods."
--Rick Docksai, The Futurist, May-June 2011

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State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures

“This is the definitive guide to culture and sustainability.... If you’re involved in transforming our world for the better, it is essential reading!”
—Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth

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State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World

"State of the World 2009 is a very timely compendium of up-to-date thinking on climate change."
—Bill McKibben, Founder,

"State of the World 2009 is a research masterpiece, the single most important reference guide to climate change yet published."
—Alex Steffen, Executive Editor,

State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy

“Top-ranked annual book on sustainable development.”
—GlobeScan Survey of Sustainability Experts

“Publications from Worldwatch bring a perspective to readers that is unmatched in breadth and depth."
—Craig Rose, former Energy Staff Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune

State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future

“ of the most critical resources for understanding the problems facing our planet and their possible solutions. It’s an excellent piece of work.”
—Alex Steffen, Worldchanging

State of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India

"Top-ranked annual book on sustainable development."
--GlobeScan Survey of Sustainability Experts

State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security

"We need a policy of 'preventative engagement': international and individual solidarity and action to meet the challenges of poverty, disease, environmental degradation and conflict in a sustainable and nonviolent way."
--Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Green Cross International Chairman and former Soviet president, in the Foreword to State of the World 2005