World Watch

This bi-monthly magazine focuses on current issues in energy, population, biodiversity, agriculture, climate change, the economy, politics and sustainability in general.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, March

Afghan Women
Sonali Kolhatkar and Neesha Mirchandani work with the U.S.-based Afghan Women's Mission, which aims to support the efforts of the decades-old Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), an underground group of about 2,000 people working...
Blood Sugar. (Note from a Worldwatcher)
Is there any strong link, either for individual humans or for whole societies, between physical health and mental health? Overwhelming evidence says yes. For one thing, as any psychopharmacologist can attest, mental illness is often associated with...
Environmental Activists Murdered in Brazil. (Environmental Intelligence)
Between July and October, 2001, six rural environmental and labor activists were murdered in separate incidents in Brazil's northeast state of Para, and a number of their colleagues received death threats or found their names listed on an anonymously...
Lessons of Afghanistan: Understanding the Conditions That Give Rise to Extremism. (Essay)
How did Afghanistan become a "breeding ground" of terrorism and sanctuary for extremists? It is tempting to simply point to the Taliban as the cause. After all, the Taliban were nearly without parallel in their fanaticism, and were a willing host to...
Media Sheep: How Did the Skeptical Environmentalist Pull the Wool over the Eyes of So Many Editors? (Commentary)
Last summer, a now-infamous book called The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World caused a great splash in the media. Written by a young Danish statistician, it was presented as a shocking reexamination of the "facts" about...
On "How Economists Have Misjudged Global Warming". (from Readers)
My esteemed friend Robert Ayres's lucid dissection of economic climate models ("How Economists Have Misjudged Global Warming," September/October 2001) is such a valuable contribution that I hesitate to quibble; yet our residual point of difference...
P Soup: It's Green, but It's Not Good for You. That Benign-Looking Pond Scum Signifies a Far-Reaching Shift in the Global Phosphorus Cycle
Think of global environmental change, and you'll probably think most immediately of such sweeping atmospheric phenomena as global warming or ozone depletion. Many of the other environmental disruptions we're familiar with--toxic dumps, decimated forests,...
The War on the Right to Know
In October 2001 a new international treaty, the Aarhus Convention, went into force. This far-reaching community right-to-know law, ratified by close to 20 European countries, mandates that signatory governments increase information sharing and consult...
Who Speaks for Siberia?
Russia's resource-gouging kleptocracy is gorging itself on Siberian forests, fish, and minerals. It's opposed by a little army of nonprofits whose vision is, by local standards, revolutionary: They believe that siberia should be managed in the interests...
Years of Global Fisheries Decline Masked by Bad Chinese Data. (Environmental Intelligence)
Inflated fish catch reports from China--the world's largest producer of fish--have hidden a decade-long decline in the amount of fish being harvested around the world, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Scientists tracking the...