Preview and Discuss State of the World 2009

It's the end of summer, and the Worldwatch research staff is busy putting the finishing touches on the 2009 edition of State of the World, our flagship report on important sustainability trends published annually since 1984.

Each year, we carry out an intensive internal and peer review of all State of the World chapter drafts to ensure our high standards for in-depth research and accessible analysis.

This year, we've decided to open this process to you! By giving our readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the production of State of the World, we want to create an ongoing dialogue about the volume's pressing theme: addressing climate change in the 21st century.

Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate

Here is your chance to preview some of the ideas discussed in State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World. We've posted a draft of the concluding chapter, "Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate," by Worldwatch Vice President for Programs Robert Engelman.

The chapter addresses such questions as:

  • What is the state of play in the ongoing climate negotiations, and what are the challenges to forging a workable agreement?
  • Who will emit, and on what scale?
  • What are the challenges and possible mechanisms by which climate diplomacy will work?
  • What are the implications of a new climate pact for equity and development?

Read the draft chapter and post your comments below. Comments will be accepted through August 31, 2008.

Although we won't be able to incorporate all of your criticisms or suggestions, author Robert Engelman will read and consider them. The final version of the chapter, to be published in January 2009, will reflect this participatory process.


Read this document on Scribd: State of the World 2009 Chapter 6 Review Draft


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