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Final Report Prepared by Johannah Bernstein for Germanwatch and Worldwatch for Roundtable Held on March 2, 2005 at HANSE-Office, Brussels, Belgium
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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: 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.
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.