Worldwatch Reports and Papers

Written by the same award-winning team that produces State of the World and Vital Signs, each 50-70 page Paper provides cutting-edge analysis on an environmental topic that is making—or is about to make—headlines worldwide.

Worldwatch Report: Red, White, and Green: Transforming U.S. Biofuels

U.S. Biofuels

U.S. Biofuels

Authors: Jane Earley and Alice McKeown
July 2009
ISBN 13: 978-1-878071-90-3
50 pages

Over the last decade, biofuels have been championed in the United States as a new source of income for rural communities, as a way to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and most recently as a solution to the country's energy and climate change problems. These latter concerns are now the main driver behind the promise of biofuels, leading the United States and other governments across the world to encourage greater production and use. But as the market for biofuels expands, so too do the social, economic, and environmental impacts.

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

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Author: Michael Renner
October 2008
ISBN 13: 978-1878071-86-6
60 pages

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: Powering China’s Development

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Authors: Eric Martinot and Li Junfeng
November 2007
ISBN 13: 978-1-878071-83-5
50 pages

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: Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace

Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace
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June 2007
Michael Renner and Zoë Chafe
ISBN: 1-878071-82-3
ISBN: 978-1-878071-82-8
56 pages

In Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace, Michael Renner and Zoë Chafe examine the recent experiences of Indonesia’s Aceh province, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir, among others, and suggest 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. Recorded disasters nearly doubled between 1987 and 2006, while the number of people affected by these disasters increased more than 10 percent. Women, children, and the elderly are among those most vulnerable.

The report concludes that the intersection of disasters, conflict, and peacemaking requires interdisciplinary responses from governments, international donors, and civil society.

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

Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans At a time when global fishing regulations have proven ineffective in protecting fish populations, Catch of the Day is 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.

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

In Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry, Worldwatch researcher Danielle Nierenberg 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. From transmission of disease and loss of livestock diversity to hazardous and unsanitary processing methods, this book shows clearly why factory farming is an unsafe, inhumane, and ecologically disruptive form of meat production.

Worldwatch Paper #170: Liquid Assets: The Critical Need to Safeguard Freshwater Ecosystems

By taking advantage of the work that healthy watersheds and freshwater ecosystems perform naturally, cities and rural areas can purify drinking water, alleviate hunger, mitigate flood damages, and meet other societal goals at a fraction of the cost of conventional technological alternatives.

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