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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.
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.