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NAM THEUN DAM: The World Bank's Watershed Decision

For the last thousand years, as kingdoms and countries have fought for sovereignty over Laos' Nakai Plateau, the people there have learned the lessons of the grasses—to bend before the wind. Life has been relatively predictable, marked by continuity from one generation to the next. But the winds of change are blowing again, and this time the strategy of the grasses may not work. By April, the countries on the governing board of the World Bank will consider a proposed high dam on the Nam Theun River. Their decision will not only affect those who live here, but will also set a pattern for decisions regarding hydroelectric dams around the world for years to come.

Kyoto As An Opportunity

The Kyoto Protocol will become official on February 16, offering the world a fresh start on an issue marked by international divisiveness for the last 15 years. Attention now turns to the crucial next steps: meeting the Kyoto targets and forging a new agreement to cover the period beyond 2012.

World Watch Magazine: March/ April 2005

Washington, D.C.—Climate change is already disrupting food production in some of the world's major breadbaskets, and more erratic weather, severe storms, and shifts in growing season lengths will handicap the world's farmers in coming decades, writes Brian Halweil in “The Irony of Climate” (World Watch magazine, March/April 2005).

Problems without Passports: Achieving Security in an Interconnected World

Built upon the findings of the Worldwatch Institute’s 2005 edition of State of the World: Redefining Global Security, “Problems without Passports” will explore how current acts of terror facing the world and the dangerous reactions they provoke are symptomatic of underlying sources of global insecurity, including poverty, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources.

State of the World 2005 - Notable Security Trends

State of the World 2005 - Notable Security Trends

State of the World 2005 - Press Release

Washington, D.C.—The global war on terror is diverting the world's attention from the central causes of instability, reports the Worldwatch Institute in its annual State of the World 2005. Acts of terror and the dangerous reactions they provoke are symptomatic of underlying sources of global insecurity, including the perilous interplay among poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources.

State of the World 2005 - Experts Guide

Worldwatch researchers explore emerging global issues, stemming from the Institute's four main research areas—people, nature, energy, and economy.

State of the World 2005 - Story Ideas

State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security is an indispensible guide for anyone looking to keep abreast of the major issues affecting our world today. To assist reporters in identifying stories, Worldwatch has created a list of story ideas, linking the issues covered in State of the World 2005 with current news items.

World Watch Magazine - January/February, 2005

Washington, D.C.— Genetically modified organisms are contaminating natural crops around the world and triggering mounting economic costs as farmers lose markets and organic producers lose their certification, writes Claire Hope Cummings in “Trespass: Genetic Engineering as the Final Conquest.” Worse, consumers are eating GMOs whether they like it or not, and even GMOs not approved for human consumption have shown up in food products such as taco shells. Moreover, writes Cummings, patents awarded for the commercial use of genetic engineering technology are giving agrochemical companies ultimate control over the means and methods of food production.

Local Food: A Holiday Recipe That's Better for You, for Farmers, and for Homeland Security

Washington, D.C.—Parents, chefs, environmentalists, food business executives, and concerned consumers everywhere are demanding locally grown fare, according to a new book by the Worldwatch Institute. No longer a fad, local food will feature on more holiday tables this year than ever before, as Americans prepare meals of vegetables, fruit, meat, and other ingredients grown and raised on nearby farms, rather than from distant agribusinesses.
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