World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute. One of the most impressive of all the global institutions largely for the quality of its research and database. It started with the World Resources series which, when it was new in the mid 1980s was one of the best sources for data, gathering material from the best research around the world. This continues today through its online database – Earthtrends.  

Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Institute was founded in 1974. Since that time it’s made its name dealing with global issues and focussing on sustainable development. The main part of its work has been the publication of State of the World series, a biennial roundup of key global issues. The latest is the 2012 volume which focusses on the idea of sustainable prosperity.