Preview and Discuss State of the World 2009

US environmental pressure group the World Watch Institute, which produces the annual State of the World report, is this year opening its review process to the general public for the first time. Not only experts on environmental issues, but anyone and everyone, can comment on the reprot before it goes into its final version.

World Watch explains that "each year, we carry out an intensive internal and peer review of all State of the World chapter drafts to ensure our high standards for in-depth research and accessible analysis. This year, we've decided to open this process to you. By giving our readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the production of State of the World, we want to create an ongoing dialogue about the volume's pressing theme: addressing climate change in the 21st century.

On the World Watch Institute website you can read a draft of the concluding chapter of State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World, "Sealing the Deal to Save the Climate".

The chapter addresses such questions as:

•What is the state of play in the ongoing climate negotiations, and what are the challenges to forging a workable agreement?
•Who will emit, and on what scale?
•What are the challenges and possible mechanisms by which climate diplomacy will work?
•What are the implications of a new climate pact for equity and development?

Having read the draft chapter, you can post your comments. But hurry, the process ends on August 31.