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Global Fossil Fuel Consumption Surges

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

Vital Signs 2005 Spokespeople

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer Supports New Approach to Global Security

Washington, D.C.—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.”

Robin Chandler Duke Joins Worldwatch Institute Board of Directors

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.

World Watch Magazine: May/June 2005

Plus Corporations and Society, Forests that Matter, and More in World Watch magazine’s May/June 2005 issue

Synergising Sustainable Consumption and Competitiveness

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

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).
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