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WorldWatch Institute program highlights solutions to world hunger

January 19th, 2011

We in America have grown up hearing how we live in a world of plenty, and for many of us, that has been true.

But hundreds of millions of the world’s human residents have so much less than ‘plenty’, they don’t even have adequate food.

WorldWatch Institute, which tracks human welfare around the globe, reports that 265 million people are malnourished, and continue to suffer from food shortages because they lack the ability to safely store crops or keep produce fresh.

WorldWatch sponsors a program, Nourishing the Planet, that’s taking a closer look at how to alleviate hunger in Africa and elsewhere, and not necessarily through food giveaways, but through innovative solutions that help imperiled populations become more food secure.

The project’s team members have pinpointed one cause of food scarcity that can be found in SubSaharan Africa and in the United States: Food waste.

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McKinsey & Company: Quick, get out the duct tape!

August 6th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Wherever you turn, someone, somewhere is talking about climate change. And that’s a good thing. But it’s not a happy conversation. Often, the discussion pivots on how much time we have left to reel in our carbon emissions — and among those who consider climate change a real threat (let’s say the majority of us), the realistic answer to that is, less than a decade.

Give or take a month. (I’m kidding.)

So we’ve got to make some real progress, fast.

Here’s some good news, being highlighted by the WorldWatch Institute today. McKinsey & Company says the U.S. could reduce it’s “non-transportation” energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020.

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Organic Ag wakes up and smells the coffee — and the apples, berries and wheat

July 23rd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

I always wonder when grocery shopping, where is all this organic food coming from? The stores are trumpeting the number of organic produce items they offer. Consumers are demanding more organic options. Yet the whole industrial-ag system has been oriented to conventional, chemical farming for decades. How can farmers keep up? It takes three years to convert land to certified organic production — and there are uncertainties in the market.

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Report: Agriculture holds the key to solving global warming

June 2nd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Agriculture, so often cited as a factor in global decline – for claiming natural grasslands that store carbon, soil erosion and pesticide runoff – could become a big part of the solution to global warming, according to a hopeful report by Worldwatch Institute released today.

Innovations in food production and land use that are ready to be put to work could reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to roughly 25 percent of global fossil fuel emissions and be managed to reduce carbon already in the atmosphere as well, according to WWI and Ecoagriculture Partners.

Carbon capture technology remains unproven and will take a decade at least to put into operation. By contrast, agricultural and land use management practices that are ready today could be employed to sequester carbon through photosynthesis by growing and sustaining more plants.

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Bring on the passion, we’ll need it

April 3rd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Environmentalists are questioning whether climate change solutions and green jobs will be adequately folded into the discussion at the economic discussion of the G20 countries this week.

It remains to be seen. But here at home those passionate about fighting global warming are raising the rhetoric, even in quarters where the bureaucrats usually remain comfortably quiet and noncommittal.

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Eco-Jobs on the Rise Around World

July 23rd, 2008

By Nima Kapadia Jobs in renewable energy are increasing worldwide and causing the coal industry to distribute pink slips, according to a Worldwatch Institute study. The report, written by Worldwatch senior researcher Michael Renner, estimates that 2.3 million people are working in renewable energy jobs – either directly or indirectly. From that number: 1 million work [...]

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Worldwatch Report: A Hopeful Note For 2008

January 11th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

Despite dire warnings about calamitous climate change and precipitous declines in earth’s natural resources, human beings are not frozen on the train tracks waiting for impact. In turns out we are pushing back energetically at the forces that state-of-the-world.jpgwould consume the planet, according to a Worldwatch Institute report released this week.

Entrepreneurs, governments and nonprofits are “inventing the Earth’s first sustainable global economy” and “field testing a remarkable array of economic innovations that offer surprising and hopeful new opportunities for long term prosperity,” according to the report, “State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy.”

This is not the “doom and gloom” we often hear in mainstream media reports, explains Tom Prugh, a co-director with Gary Gardner, of the report. The project brought together work by more than a dozen researchers and experts in energy, industrial production, species conservation, investment and sustainability.

The cumulative report is “completely, totally hopeful,’’ Prugh said. “That’s what’s so striking about it…This crisis had tapped reservoirs of imagination and unleashed waves of innovation.

“People are starting to get the message. NGO (non-government organizations) like us and some governments have been banging the sustainability drum for some years, decades now. But business is catching up to that now.”

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