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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.

More Cars or More Transportation Alternatives: What Will the World Choose?

As Tata Motors, one of Asia’s leading automakers, prepares to tap into India’s middle-class market by releasing the "world’s cheapest car” in 2008, other countries with a long history of car dependence are grappling with ways to limit the social, health, and environmental costs of motorized transport.

Momentum Building Against U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants

For the first time, a U.S. government agency has cited carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air-quality permit to build coal-fired power plants.

Increase in Grain Prices Affects U.S. Food Donations

From Illinois corn to Kansas wheat, U.S. grain crops are experiencing their fastest price hike since 1990. The rise in prices is being felt not only at the grocery store, but also in international food policy, as the costs of items commonly purchased for U.S. food aid programs have increased sharply

Policymakers Recognize Value of “Green” Job Creation

Policymakers around the world increasingly recognize that adopting sound environmental policies can promote, not hinder, economic growth and job creation.

Policymakers around the world increasingly recognize that adopting sound environmental policies can promote, not hinder, economic growth and job creation.

In India, Chronic Diseases Grow With Consumption

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Over the next decade, India’s burgeoning consumer class is likely headed for an onslaught of chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

Worldwatch Perspective: Can Biofuels Make or Break Iowa’s Future?

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A report profiling the impact of the current biofuels boom in the U.S. state of Iowa and painting a more sustainable path forward for the biofuels industry was released Tuesday in the state capital, Des Moines.

“Zero” Amazon Deforestation Possible by 2015, Brazilian NGOs say

Amazon forestHalting deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is the objective of nine Brazilian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have drafted an ambitious plan to stop clearcutting in the region within seven years.

Amazon forestHalting deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is the objective of nine Brazilian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have drafted an ambitious plan to stop clearcutting in the region within seven years.

Better Than Corn? Algae Set to Beat Out Other Biofuel Feedstocks

AlgaeForget corn, sugar cane, and even switchgrass. Some experts believe that algae is set to eclipse all other biofuel feedstocks as the cheapest, easiest, and most environmentally friendly way to produce liquid fuel.

Eye on United Arab Emirates: Fostering Sustainability

The Palm JumeirahIn early November, a group of Japanese business leaders and government advisers will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a tiny oil-rich country on the Persian Gulf, to present their vision of a “Sustainable City.”

Ecotourism May Benefit India’s Environment, Economy

Mountain ViewRecent assessments of the state of the environment in 32 states across India indicate that the country’s rising economic prosperity is putting the environment under stress, the Hindustan Times reports.

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