Earth Policy Institute - Eco-Economy Indictors
The Earth Policy Institute is a widely respected international think tank dedicated to planning a sustainable future as well as providing a road map of how to get from here to there. The Earth Policy Institute uses twelve Eco-Economy Indicators to track trends and measure progress in building a sustainable economy. http://www.earth-policy.org/publications/C39
The Institute also publishes Plan B Updates http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/ that are released as new developments and initiatives occur. Plan B Updates focus on trends affecting progress toward a sustainable future. Updates are offered in many different language translations
Founded in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute http://www.worldwatch.org/mission is an independent research organization trusted by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues.
The Institute’s interdisciplinary research is based on the latest scientific studies and focuses on the challenges that climate change, resource degradation, and population growth pose for meeting human needs for energy, food, and livelihoods in the 21st century. Worldwatch’s flagship annual State of the World http://www.worldwatch.org/bookstore reports remain the most authoritative “go-to” resource for decision makers on how environmental factors are shaping our rapidly changing world. The State of the World tracks five major trend areas.
Worldwatch also publishes the semi-annual report Vital Signs http://vitalsigns.worldwatch.org/ which tracks key environmental indicators and trends from a multidisciplinary perspective unique to Worldwatch expertise.
Vital Signs Online is an interactive, subscription-based tool that provides hard data and research-based insights on the sustainability trends that are shaping our future. All of the trends include clear analysis and are placed in historical perspective, allowing you to see where the trend has come from and where it might be headed. New trends cover emerging hot topics—from global carbon emissions to green jobs—while trend updates provide the latest data and analysis for the fastest changing and most important trends today. Every trend includes full datasets and complete referencing.
Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development Goals http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.