China Watch, Food, Renewable Energy, News, Natural Disasters & Peacemaking, e2 - Eye on Earth
Johannesburg, South Africa—In a plenary speech to the 18th World Petroleum Congress today, Worldwatch Institute President Christopher Flavin declared that, "Global energy markets are at a tipping point, with new energy sources ready to begin replacing oil and other fossil fuels."
Unless rainfall increases by at least 80 percent over last year, the remaining surface water in China’s 100,000 hectare Xianghai State Nature Reserve could dry up completely by the end of 2006. Loss of the massive wetland area would likely take the future of several of the world’s rare and endangered bird species with it.
In late August, legislators in Beijing met to discuss China’s first-ever comprehensive law on animal husbandry, pushing meat safety to the top of the national agenda at a time when avian flu and other livestock-related diseases are ravaging parts of Asia. The bill, initially proposed in 2001, underwent legislative review at the 17th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), convened August 23-28.
—The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN 21) today released its report, "Energy for Development: The Potential Role of Renewable Energy in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals," (download the report in PDF format
) in conjunction with the 2005 World Summit at the United Nations. The report, produced and published by the Worldwatch Institute, brings together the expertise of the participants of REN 21, which provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy and connects the wide variety of stakeholders that came together at the Bonn International Conference for Renewable Energies in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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.”