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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.
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.
Washington, DC—World use of oil—the dominant fossil fuel—surged by 3.4 percent in 2004, to 82.4 million barrels per day. This represents the fastest rate of increase in 16 years, according to Vital Signs 2005, a Worldwatch Institute report published today.
Vital Signs 2005 Spokespeople
A quote from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai provided a visual backdrop for the April 27 launch of State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security
in Berlin: “If we did a better job of managing our resources more sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. Protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace.”
Washington, D.C.—The Worldwatch Institute, a Washington D.C.-based institute providing interdisciplinary research on pressing global issues, announced today that former U.S. Ambassador to Norway Robin Chandler Duke has been elected to its Board of Directors.
Plus Corporations and Society, Forests that Matter, and More in World Watch magazine’s May/June 2005 issue
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.