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Worldwatch Europe Contributes to UN Global Compact Yearbook

This summer saw the publication of the prestigious publication of United Nations’s Global Compact International Yearbook 2014, featuring two of Worldwatch Institute Europe’s newsletter articles, alongside other prominent researchers’ and practitioners’ take on sustainable development in the private sector.

We All Play For Team Earth

As I sit down to write what should be the most current-news-relevant article of this month's Worldwatch Institute newsletter, I am mostly struck with an overwhelming sense of dread that I am in over my head. It is as if a team mate has struck the perfect corner kick, and I need only deflect the ball off my head and into the goal, but somehow find myself lost, at the halfway line, and facing the wrong direction. Alas, I should stop volunteering good ideas on the eve of pressing deadlines, especially when there are football games to be watched.

Highlight of the Month: Danish Social Enterprise Brings Bees into Cities and Creates Meaningful Jobs

Europe has become a fragmented continent, due to land use changes such as agricultural intensification, development of infrastructure and urban development. Urban areas have been becoming a more and more prominent feature of our landscapes, and more than 75% of the population in Europe now lives in cities. This development shows the growing demand for creation of green infrastructure and green spaces in urban and peri-urban areas of cities all over Europe.

Are Citizens Prepared to Play a Role in Sustainable Growth?

The past six years, the unfolding of an international economic crisis and growing concerns for the high environmental risks posed by the Western lifestyle, have shaped the discourse on multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainability in light of the bleak perspective scientists all around the world are forecasting for our future generations.

How can we sustain urban growth?

The Basic Elements of a Natural Capital

The elements of Natural Capital interact to supply humans and other species with the natural goods and services that are diverse and planet-wide. Today, many natural resources on which society and business are dependent are being lost at an unprecedented rate and the combined effects of ecological degradation and population growth will only accelerate the dependence on natural resources globally (KPMG, 2013).

Vital Signs for Companies


Worldwatch Institute Europe now launches Vital Signs for Companies – a new service for both the public and private sector.

Highlights from the Launch of 'State of the World 2014' in Copenhagen

On May 5, Worldwatch Institute’s flagship publication State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability was launched in Copenhagen. This year’s event took place in the Dome of Visions – a futuristic building, created as a house of inspiration, as an experimental space, where both daily life and ambitious climate goals can be balanced and as an arena for discussion about a sustainable future.

Highlight of the Month: British NGO Takes Lead in Fighting Food Waste

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the United States.

Going Beyond GDP - Measuring Social Progress

There is an emerging agreement among politicians, social actors and businesses worldwide, that economic growth alone cannot provide an accurate indication for prosperity. Relying on economic growth as a sole measurement for social progress provides an incomplete picture.

Better Indoor Climate Can Increase Work Productivity

Indoor climate has a great impact on human well-being, including comfort, productivity and health. If office buildings were designed and operated in a way that improves indoor climate, work life quality and productivity would increase significantly. Hence, money can be saved as worker salaries and benefits greatly exceed the costs of providing and operating buildings.