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State of the World (book series)

The State of the World (SoW) is a series of books published annually since 1984 by the Worldwatch Institute. The series attempts to identify the planet's most significant environmental challenges.

As of 2014 Worldwatch has published over the past five years:

  • SoW 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability
  • SoW 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet,
  • SoW 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity,
  • SoW 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, and
  • SoW 2014: Governing for Sustainability.

The 2010 edition discusses different ways of changing current cultures such that it feels as natural to live sustainably as living as a consumer feels today. The 2011 edition looks at the global food crisis and surrounding environmental and social problems, with a particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve that worldwide problem. The 2012 edition showcases innovative projects, creative policies, and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. The 2013 edition defines the term, assesses attempts to cultivate, and tackles questions surrounding sustainability. Directors of the past five editions (in chronological order) were Erik Assadourian; Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank; Assadourian and Michael Renner; and Assadourian and Tom Prugh; and Prugh and Renner. Notable authors of the past 5 editions include Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff Project, David W. Orr, and Robert Engelman.


  • State of the World 1984 ISBN 0-393-30176-1
  • State of the World 1985 ISBN 0-393-30218-0
  • State of the World 1986 ISBN 0-393-30255-5
  • State of the World 1987 ISBN 0-393-30389-6
  • State of the World 1988 ISBN 0-393-30440-X
  • State of the World 1989 ISBN 0-393-30567-8
  • State of the World 1990 ISBN 0-393-30614-3
  • State of the World 1991 ISBN 0-393-30733-6
  • State of the World 1992 ISBN 0-393-30834-0
  • State of the World 1993 ISBN 0-393-30963-0
  • State of the World 1994 ISBN 0-393-31117-1
  • State of the World 1995 ISBN 0-393-31261-5
  • State of the World 1996 ISBN 0-393-31339-5
  • State of the World 1997 ISBN 0-393-31569-X
  • State of the World 1998 ISBN 0-393-31727-7
  • State of the World 1999 ISBN 0-393-31815-X
  • State of the World 2000 ISBN 0-393-31998-9
  • State of the World 2001 ISBN 0-393-04866-7
  • State of the World 2002 ISBN 0-393-32279-3
  • State of the World 2003 ISBN 0-393-05173-0
  • State of the World 2004: Special Focus: The Consumer Society ISBN 0-393-32539-3
  • State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security ISBN 0-393-32666-7
  • State of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India ISBN 0-393-32666-7
  • State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future ISBN 978-0-393-32923-0
  • State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy ISBN 978-0-393-33031-1
  • State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World ISBN 978-0-393-33418-0
  • State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability ISBN 978-0-393-33726-6
  • State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet ISBN 978-0-393-33880-5
  • State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity ISBN 978-1-61091-037-8
  • State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? ISBN 978-1-61091-449-9
  • State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability ISBN 1610915410

External links

  • State of the World at the Worldwatch Institute
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