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Washington, D.C. –  The overwhelming human and financial impacts of Hurricane Katrina are powerful evidence that political and economic decisions made in the United States and other countries have failed to account for our dependence on a healthy resource base, according to an assessment released today by the Worldwatch Institute.

From Drinking Water To Disasters, Investing In Freshwater Ecosystems Is Best Insurance Policy

Washington, D.C.—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, according to a new Worldwatch study by Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and a Worldwatch Institute senior fellow.

Worldwatch and German Government Launch International Biofuels Project

Washington, D.C.—The Worldwatch Institute and the German Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture have launched a new project on the global potential and implications of large-scale use of biofuels for transportation.

Worldwatch Releases Worldwatch Global Trends

Washington, D.C.—Worldwatch Global Trends, an online resource of data tables, charts, and PowerPoint slides, is now available from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization. Worldwatch Global Trends (formerly known as Signposts) contains 216 datasets of leading environmental and social indicators, putting decades of research at the fingertips of educators, students, journalists, and others who need fast-and-easy access to key global statistics.


Washington, DC—What if President Reagan had it wrong when he said, “Government isn’t the solution to our problems; government is the problem”? James Gustave Speth looks at this question and argues that business needs government action on climate change issues: “If business and governments don’t get their act together soon on global warming, the extraordinary economic machine we have created is going to wreak such havoc on the Earth’s systems, both natural and social, that today’s disruptions by terrorists will look like child’s play.”

Brian Halweil Offers Parents Top Five Tips for Enjoying Fresh Food and Summer Fun with their Children

Washington, D.C.Brian Halweil, Worldwatch senior researcher and author of Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, believes summer offers the perfect opportunity for children and parents to continue learning—about food grown near their homes.

Vital Signs 2005: What You Can Do

Vital Signs 2005 examines the state of the planet's health, documenting trends ranging from steel production to global climate change. Worldwide, individuals and institutions wield a powerful influence over these trends, as appetites for meat, energy, cars, and other goods continue to surge.

VITAL FACTS - Selected facts and story ideas from Vital Signs 2005

VITAL FACTS - Selected facts and story ideas from Vital Signs 2005

THE CHINA FACTOR - Booming Economy Tests World's Vital Signs

Washington, D.C.— China has emerged as a global force that is driving consumption and production of almost everything through the roof, according to Vital Signs 2005, the latest publication from the Washington D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute. Growth in China helped boost incomes in many nations in 2004, but also drove up consumption of natural resources, increased the prices of raw materials, and pushed up pollution levels.

Chinese Steel Production and Consumption Surge, Affect Economies Globally; China Contributing Greatly to Rising World Trade

Washington, DC—World trade in steel expanded sharply in 2004, influenced in large part by growth in the Chinese construction and manufacturing sectors, according to Vital Signs 2005, a Worldwatch Institute report published today.
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