Every year brings hundreds of new reports from hundreds of organizations, some more important than others. Any one report viewed alone, however, does not do justice to the growing global emergency of too many people inflicting costly harm on the environment in too many ways, despite many efforts at mitigation, resilience, conservation, and developing new technological remedies.
This list of recent publications illustrates the great number and wide variety of important and timely reports concerned with global security and/or sustainability, and their sponsoring organizations. Most of these publications are handsomely produced, amply documented, and easily downloaded for no charge. Libraries may still consider these reports as “gray literature,” and scholars and researchers may be overly immersed in traditional books and journal articles, but, arguably, these up-to date reports are the leading edge of thinking about many of the most important global issues.
A listing and brief discussion of recent scientific reports can help to focus attention on the general problem. It may seem presumptuous to propose a list of most notable reports without advice from some expert panel, but doing so takes time, and this listing is meant to initiate discussion. If readers know of other recent reports as good or better than those listed, let’s hear about them.
Many of the reports listed below are combined into a 4,000-word narrative: “Scientists Reporting: Top 25 Recent Online Reports on the Global Environmental Emergency” (September 2019). Additional new reports of significance will be added regularly.