State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World

Temporary cover imageIt is New Year’s Day, 2101. Somehow, humanity survived the worst of global warming—the higher temperatures and sea levels and the more intense droughts and storms—and succeeded in stabilizing Earth’s climate.

What did humanity do in the twenty-first century, and especially in 2009 and the years immediately following, to snatch a threatened world from the jaws of climate change catastrophe? State of the World 2009 examines solutions that may help us avoid climate catastrophe and build a sustainable society.

About State of the World 2009
Foreword by R.K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
Press Release: “Heat and Hope: Time Running Out for Steep Emissions Cuts”
Video: State of the World 2009 Symposium 

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State of the World at a Glance

Read a bulleted summary of key facts and innovations covered in State of the World 2009. From the emissions reductions resulting from Germany’s pro-renewables policies, to what pioneering governments are doing to help their populations adapt to climate change, State of the World at a Glance is a two-minute read with a wealth of information gleaned from the book.

Climate Connections

Read short essays on the many facets of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. From the pressures on biodiversity to the security dimensions of climate change, from the potential of carbon capture and storage to employment in a low-carbon world, State of the World 2009 Climate Connections provide a wealth of information on diverse topics. Read More.

Climate 101

Purchase the Climate Change Reference Guide and Glossary, featuring the most up-to-date facts on climate science. Learn more about various greenhouse gases and their sources, how climate change is measured and its expected impacts, and the history of climate negotiations. This guide also includes a glossary with concise definitions of 38 key terms.

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Focus: India

Worldwatch has long recognized India as an environmental giant that is key to tackling the global climate crisis. To learn about key climate-related developments in India, click here.

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