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Coal Consumption Keeps Rising, But Growth Is Slowing

Global coal consumption keeps rising, reaching 3,826.7 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. (See Figure 1.) This represents a 3 percent increase from the previous year, and it came on the heels of 2.6 percent growth in 2012. But the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010 and 5.4 percent … Continue reading Coal Consumption Keeps Rising, But Growth Is Slowing

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Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report

The Caribbean region stands at a crossroads, faced with several critical challenges associated with the generation, distribution, and use of energy. Despite the availability of tremendous domestic renewable energy resources, the region remains disproportionately dependent on imported fossil fuels, which exposes it to volatile oil prices, limits economic development, and degrades local natural resources. This … Continue reading Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report

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Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These “climate refugees” have become the human face of global warming, their very movement seen as a threat to global security. State of the … Continue reading Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

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Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

The Dominican Republic’s energy sector is at a crossroads. Currently, the country depends on fossil fuel imports for 86% of its electricity generation, bringing enormous economic and environmental costs and necessitating a transition to a more sustainable energy system. In 2011, the Dominican Republic spent 8.6% of its GDP on fossil fuel imports. Electricity prices in the country … Continue reading Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

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Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends and consequences of fracking

Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China.   But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question remains: What are the impacts of shale gas mining on local economies and the environment? In the Worldwatch Institute’s … Continue reading Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends and consequences of fracking

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limate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

Global coal consumption rose 3 percent from 2012 to 2013, reaching over 3,800 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. While the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010, the continued increase in coal consumption and related carbon emissions is a cause for substantial concern among climate scientists. If this trend … Continue reading limate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

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Will Population Growth End in This Century?

The human population nearly tripled from 2.5 billion people in 1950 to 7.3 billion today and will continue growing through 2070, according to two recent demographic projections. After that, demographers disagree on whether populations will begin to shrink or continue to rise into the next century, write Worldwatch Institute Senior Fellow Robert Engelman and Research … Continue reading Will Population Growth End in This Century?

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Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher than 2013 levels, which translates into the release of 37 billion additional tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. As negotiators wrap up their talks at the international climate conference in … Continue reading Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

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Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates

Global emissions have reached a new peak, but recent developments indicate a new readiness for action on climate protection. This is the message of the 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI); a ranking of the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe at the … Continue reading Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates

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Global commodity price trends and China’s role in shaping global markets

The most recent economic “super-cycle,” a decades-long trend of rising commodity prices, has been influenced by the surging growth of China since the turn of this century. Now, as China begins its shift from an export-led growth model to a model based on internal investment and consumption, the super-cycle has slowed. Despite this shift, however, … Continue reading Global commodity price trends and China’s role in shaping global markets

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West Africa Emerges as Leading Region in Africa for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, produced collaboratively by REN21 and ECREEE with lead authorship from the Worldwatch Institute, provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. Launched on November 10, 2014, the report concludes that renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies have … Continue reading West Africa Emerges as Leading Region in Africa for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the benefits and challenges that digital technologies offer for sustainability . With resource-saving notions like “the paperless office” and “telecommuting,” the digital age holds great environmental promise. But have digital technologies really helped to improve global sustainability? In the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, … Continue reading Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

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The chances of a nuclear revival seem slim

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in … Continue reading The chances of a nuclear revival seem slim

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Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in … Continue reading Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

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Solar Power Jump to a New Annual Record

The year 2013 saw record-breaking growth for solar electricity generation as the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) markets continued to grow. With over 39 gigawatts installed worldwide, the PV solar market represented one third of all newly-added renewable energy capacity, write Worldwatch’s Max Lander and Climate and Energy Intern Xiangyu Wu in … Continue reading Solar Power Jump to a New Annual Record

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Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

According to IHS Automotive, worldwide production of electric vehicles (battery electric and plug-in hybrids) has expanded from 13,866 in 2010 to 242,075 in 2013. The company forecasts production of slightly more than 403,000 vehicles in 2014, up 67 percent from 2013. The number of electric cars on the world’s roads has increased from nearly 100,000 … Continue reading Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

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Negotiating Climate Change as if Development Really Mattered

Worldwatch Climate and Energy Director Alexander Ochs emphasizes the need to focus on what can be won, both in terms of climate and development, through the decarbonization of human activities. Over the past twenty years, climate negotiations have been dominated by concerns that addressing global warming is anti-business and onerous to future development. The insufficient … Continue reading Negotiating Climate Change as if Development Really Mattered

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Oil

Fossil fuels continue to power global economic growth and energy security, and the competition for these resources remains a significant concern for governments around the world. Although OPEC has played a key role on the production side of the international oil market over the past four decades, the consumer landscape has changed dramatically since 1973. … Continue reading Oil

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Worldwatch Institute Launches Groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica

New Worldwatch Institute Roadmap explores the renewable energy status and potential in the country. The Worldwatch Institute today launched its groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica, a look at the measures that the Jamaican government can take to transition its electricity sector to one that is socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable. The report, Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap: … Continue reading Worldwatch Institute Launches Groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica

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