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Eye on Earth e2 - Eye on Earth, a service of World Watch Magazine in partnership with the Blue Moon Fund, provides our community with a unique perspective on current events, newly released studies, and important global trends. This update service offers context to critical world events that are seemingly disparate yet often closely related, highlighting the connections between human consumption and the natural world, while telling the stories of individuals and organizations that are supporting new approaches to resource use, energy use and urban development. Eye on Earth presents the news of today with an eye towards tomorrow, illustrating how current events will shape our own future and that of generations to come.

Worldwatch Perspective: Rebuilding Food Security is Essential in Wake of Natural Disasters

As scientists continue to debate the connection between climate change and natural disasters, 2007 has been an active year for extreme weather.

Clean Energy’s Best-Kept Secret: Waste Heat Recovery

Recycling the heat that spews from industrial smokestacks may be one of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, yet not many climate-savvy entrepreneurs are aware of it.

Can “Dumping Soda” Mitigate Global Obesity Trends?

Consumer groups on five continents are promoting a new “Dump Soda” campaign to educate people about the links between soft-drink marketing and rising childhood obesity.

Bahrain Propels Wind Energy to Urban Future

The first oil field developed in the resource-rich Persian Gulf region was the Awali oil field in Bahrain, discovered in 1932, several years before the Saudis began pumping their own oil.

Worldwatch Perspective: U.S. Government Dumping $100 Million Into Filthy Fuels Project

Open-pit Mine

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on its proposal to contribute $100 million toward a new plant that will convert coal to liquid fuels.

Costa Rica and New Zealand on Path to Carbon Neutrality

While some of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) hem and haw about how to—or even if to—limit their contributions to climate change, at least two small countries are blazing trails for the world to follow.

Scotland Reduces Bus Fares for Passengers Who Supply Cooking Oil

Passengers riding on certain buses in Scotland will soon be able to trade in their used cooking oil for reduced fares.

Climate Change: The Unseen Force Behind Rising Food Prices?

That sneaking suspicion you get every time you arrive at the grocery checkout counter is right: food generally costs more than it did just 12 months ago.

Germany Leads Way on Renewables, Sets 45% Target by 2030

In July, Germany’s Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety released a draft progress report on the country’s Renewable Energy Sources Act.

Pollutants Implicated in Births of More Girls Than Boys

A recent study found that residents of Canadian communities who were exposed to emissions from polluting industries such as oil refineries, metal smelters, and pulp mills gave birth to more females than males, a reversal of the normal sex ratio.
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