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Wind Power Growth Still Surging Where Strongly Supported
Published World Watch  7/10/2014
New analysis by the Worldwatch Institute examines global trends in wind powerWashington, D.C.— Double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013. Of today’s 318 gigawatts (GW) total generating capacity, 35 GW was added in 2013 alone. However, this growth (12.5 percent
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Jobs in Renewable Energy Expand in Turbulent Process
Published World Watch  6/30/2014
New analysis examines global trends in employment in the renewable energy sectorWashington, D.C.—There may now be as many as 6.5 million direct and indirect jobs in renewable energy, according to updated data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Earlier assessments had put
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Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark
Published World Watch  6/24/2014
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines global motorization trendsWashington, D.C.—Global production of automobiles keeps rising to new heights. London-based IHS Automotive puts light vehicle (passenger car and light-duty truck) production in 2013 at 84.7 million, up from 81.5 million in 2012.
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Renewables 2014 Global Status Report Highlights Another Year of Impressive Renewable Energy Growth
Published World Watch  6/3/2014
Worldwatch Institute researchers contribute to leading global study on renewable energy developmentRenewable energy technologies set new installation records as their contribution to the global energy mix continued to climb in 2013. Renewable power capacity jumped more than 8 percent in 2013,
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Crossroads for Humanity: Profit ’til Collapse or Scale Back to Survive
Published World Watch  5/27/2014
A few weeks back I attended an “Accelerating Sustainability Forum” at the US Chamber of Commerce. While there was lots of rosy talk about sustainability, in truth, most of the focus was on growth, even though it’s becoming increasingly clear that true sustainability is going to
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The Corruption of Sustainability into Eco-Business
Published World Watch  5/17/2014
Below is a guest post by Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of UPSTREAM, exploring the corruption of sustainability into “eco-business.” Reprinted from UPSTREAM with permission of the author. —— The mission of UPSTREAM (formerly Product Policy Institute) is “sustainable
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Sustainability Linked to Responsible Governance
Published World Watch  4/28/2014
State of the World 2014 calls for bottom-up pressure and greater government accountability Washington, D.C.—Citizens who expect their governments to lead on sustainability have been badly disappointed in recent years. From largely ineffectual international climate conferences to the
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Peacekeeping Budgets Equal Less Than Two Days of Military Spending
Published World Watch  4/22/2014
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines trends in peacekeeping budgets   Washington, D.C.—The approved budget for United Nations peacekeeping operations from July 2013 to June 2014 runs to $7.83 billion—$390 million higher than in the previous year. This is
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Three Magic Words to Defeat ‘Sustainababble’
Published World Watch  4/22/2014
The below essay is written by former Worldwatch research fellow John Mulrow for GreenBiz.com, describing how the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center “is launching a fight against sustainababble” (a term Robert Engelman coined in chapter 1 of State of the World 2013). Attack!
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Biofuel Production Declines
Published World Watch  4/10/2014
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines the trends in global biofuel production   Washington, D.C.—In 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production
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