Rio+20 conference

Jun 7, 2012 by

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      June 7, 2012

State of the World 2012
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Dear Casey Coates,
SOW2012 Finland Launch

In two weeks, I’ll be joining a team of Worldwatchers who will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in the upcoming Rio+20 conference and to launch the Brazilian edition of State of the World 2012.


On June 17, Climate and Energy Program Director Alexander Ochs and Research Associate Evan Musolino will host a dinner discussion in Rio about the development of renewable energy indicators, based on their work with the International Renewable Energy Agency. And on June 19, Worldwatch will host a panel entitled “Build a Living Economy” in partnership with our new affiliated organization Worldwatch Europe. Nourishing the Planet Project Director Danielle Nierenberg will also be at the conference networking with sustainable agriculture and gender equality experts.


On June 22, State of the World 2012 project co-director Michael Renner and I will launch the Brazilian edition of our flagship report with Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio and the Ford Foundation. The event will take place at the mayor’s residence, the Palacio da Cidade. Click here for more details.


Some recent Worldwatch posts on the Web: The Nourishing the Planet team discusses five microcredit programs that are working to provide affordable small loans to farmers and small-business owners; the Climate and Energy team examines a recently announced Haitian waste-to-energy power plant project; and the Sustainable Prosperity team discusses the benefits of co-operatives.


In Web and media coverage this week, research for our Vital Signs Online article on wind energy was featured on ABC Radio Australia, and our research on natural gas was featured in the Inter Press Service. Nourishing the Planet’s research for Eating Planet, a book published in collaboration with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, was featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Boston Herald, the Providence Journal, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
As always, I welcome your feedback on our work, and on this newsletter. E-mail me at




Robert Engelman


Worldwatch Institute


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