Worldwatch Paper #131: Shrinking Fields: Cropland Loss in a World of Eight Billion

July 1996
Gary Gardner
ISBN: 1-878071-33-5
56 pages

Even in the face of record-low food reserves, cropland continues to be paved over and degraded worldwide, a situation that threatens the food security of millions. Today, the grain area supporting each person has fallen to just 0.12 hectares--less than one-sixth of a soccer field.

Cities devour farmaldn for housing, industry, and recreation....

Worldwatch Paper #130: Climate of Hope: New Strategies for Stabilizing the World's Atmosphere

June 1996
Christopher Flavin
ISBN: 1-878071-32-7
84 pages

The climate dialogue is now marked by growing alarm over the risks the world faces, and by optimism that an historic shift away from our fossil-fuel-dependent energy system is feasible.

Scientific studies now indicate that human-induced climate change may already be leading to disruptive and unpredictable changes in local weather...

Worldwatch Paper #129: Infecting Ourselves: How Environmental and Social Disruptions Trigger Disease

April 1996
Anne E. Platt
ISBN: 1-878071-31-9
79 pages

Rates of infectious disease have risen rapidly in many countries during the past decade, according to a new study released by the Worldwatch Institute. Illness and death from tuberculosis, malaria, dengue fever, and AIDS are up sharply; infectious diseases killed 16.5 million people in 1993, one-third of all deaths worldwide, and slightly more than...

Worldwatch Paper #128: Imperiled Waters, Impoverished Future: The Decline of Freshwater Ecosystems

March 1996
Janet N. Abromovitz
ISBN: 1-878071-30-0
80 pages

A new Worldwatch Paper, Imperiled Waters, Impoverished Future: The Decline of Freshwater Ecosystems, demonstrates that giant dams, massive irrigation systems, and widespread logging often bring few economic benefits, and instead cause environmental degradation, poverty, and suffering, as well as irreplaceable loss of biodiversity.


Worldwatch Paper #127: Eco-Justice: Linking Human Rights and the Environment

December 1995
Aaron Sachs
ISBN: 1-878071-29-7
68 pages

The recent execution of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa for the "crime" of organizing an environmental campaign tragically underscores the findings of a study from the Worldwatch Institute--that the ravages of environmental exploitation are often backed up by brutal human rights violations. Documented cases not only in Nigeria but also in the...

Worldwatch Paper #126: Partnership for the Planet: An Environmental Agenda for the United Nations

July 1995
Hilary F. French
ISBN: 1-878071-27-0
71 pages

Unless the United Nations' key environmental initiatives are maintained and strengthened, no government will be able to protect its citizens from such global threats as skin cancer caused by ozone depletion, disrupted weather patterns caused by climate change, or the unemployment and high seafood prices caused by the further collapse of...

Worldwatch Paper #125: The Hour of Departure: Forces that Create Refugees and Migrants

June 1995
Hal Kane
ISBN: 1-878071-26-2
56 pages

Nearly 4 million new refugees fled their homes in 1994, bringing the total of the world's official refugees to 23 million. This is the greatest number of refugees of our era, nearly equal to the population of Canada, reports a new Worldwatch Paper, The Hour of Departure: Forces that Create Refugees and Migrants.

In addition to official...

Worldwatch Paper #124: A Building Revolution: How Ecology and Health Concerns Are Transforming Construction

March 1995
David Malin Roodman and Nicholas Lenssen
ISBN: 1-878071-25-4
67 pages

The modern buildings we live and work in rival such well-known polluters as cars and manufacturing as sources of harm to the environment, adding greatly to deforestation, the risk of global warming, overuse of water, and acid rain.

A new Worldwatch report, A Building Revolution: How Ecology and Health Concerns Are...

Worldwatch Paper #123: High Priorities: Conserving Mountain Ecosystems and Cultures

February 1995
Derek Denniston
ISBN: 1-878071-24-6
80 pages

Many people perceive mountains as powerful symbols of pristine wilderness and natural beauty. But these perceptions belie the vulnerabilities of mountain environments and the social marginalization of their peoples.

Mountains make up one-fifth of the world’s landscapes and are home to at least one-tenth of the world’s...

Worldwatch Paper #122: Budgeting for Disarmament: The Costs of War and Peace

November 1994
Michael Renner
ISBN: 1-878071-23-8
70 pages

The first systematic study of global peace and disarmament budgets shows a rapid rise from $2.5 billion in 1989 to nearly $16 billion in 1994, while military budgets dropped 23 percent. Yet peace spending still equals only 2 percent of military spending, according to a new Worldwatch study, "Budgeting for Disarmament: The Costs of War and...