If you love reading reports, then you’ve come to the right place! Here, we’ve compiled a list of recommended readings that cover a wide range of topics, from the critical issue of climate change to the insidious effects of racism.
But let’s be real, who has time to read all these dense reports? I mean, sure, learning about the devastating impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is important, but isn’t it just easier to scroll through Instagram and look at pictures of cute puppies?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our team of socialist scholars has condensed each report into a highly entertaining and totally not boring summary. Just check out our top picks:
- “The Effects of Climate Change on the Polar Bear Population: A Tragic Tale of Melting Ice Caps and Starving Bears.” Spoiler alert: it’s not looking good for the polar bears.
- “The Link Between Education and Income Inequality: Why Rich Kids are Always Winning.” Spoiler alert: because their parents buy them all the good schools.
- “The Dangers of Fast Food: A Cautionary Tale of Grease, Sugar, and Heart Attacks.” Spoiler alert: McDonald’s isn’t the only culprit.
- “The Shocking Truth About Plastic Pollution: How Your Single Use Plastics are Killing Marine Life.” Spoiler alert: it’s not just the turtles that are in trouble.
- “Oil Spills: A Messy Situation That Keeps Getting Messier.” Spoiler alert: BP is definitely not sorry.
- “Overpopulation: The Elephant in the Room We’re All Ignoring.” Spoiler alert: there are a lot of elephants in this room.
- “Poverty: It’s Not Just a Third World Problem.” Spoiler alert: even the first world has its problems.
- “Prisons: The New Jim Crow.” Spoiler alert: mass incarceration is a big deal.
- “Racism: It’s Still a Thing.” Spoiler alert: it’s not just a thing of the past.
- “Technology: A Double-Edged Sword.” Spoiler alert: it’s both good and bad.
- “Trade: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Spoiler alert: it’s mostly bad and ugly.
- “War: The Elephant in the Room We’re All Afraid to Talk About.” Spoiler alert: there are a lot of elephants in this room.
- “Water: A Precious Resource We’re All Taking for Granted.” Spoiler alert: it’s not just about turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.
- “Work: The Never-Ending Struggle.” Spoiler alert: it’s not just about getting paid.
In all seriousness, the purpose of this section is to help readers who want to study important global issues in depth by providing links to freely available and relatively objective sources of information and analysis. See what other publications have been issued by the organizations mentioned. The list is a work in progress; suggestions to include other sources are welcome.
Geneva Graduate Institute. Global Challenges
Climate Change and Global Environment
UN Dag Hammarskjold Library
Climate Change – A Global Issue
Perspectives Climate Research
State of the Oceans, 2018
United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Global Education Monitoring Reports https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/allreports
Education for All, 2020 https://gem-report-2020.unesco.org
UNESCO. Inequalities in Education, 2013
Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report
Over the period 1819—1969 there were 408 federal ‘Indian boarding schools’ that used harsh discipline to change identity of indigenous children
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2021
Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2022
CDC National Center for Health Statistics
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013—2016
Bioscience Resource Project, through Researchgate
Jonathan Latham, The Myth of a Food Crisis, October 2020
Statistical reports from programs of the World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Center for Health Statistics
National Health Statistics Reports
The Lancet – Planetary Health
Report on Pollution and Health, 2022
Universal healthcare as pandemic preparedness: the lives and costs that could have been saved during the COVID-19 pandemic
Poor People’s Campaign. April 2022
Mapping the Intersections of Poverty, Race and COVID-19
World Inequality Lab https://inequalitylab.world/en/
World Inequality Database https://wid.world
World Inequality Report 2022 https://wir2022.wid.world
Global Inequality https://inequality.org/facts/global-inequality/
Profiting from Pain. Oxfam Media Briefing, 23 May 2022
Who Rules America?
Professor G. William Domhoff, Sociology Department, University of California at Santa Cruz
Graham Scambler, Sociology, Social Class, Health Inequalities, and the Avoidance of “Classism.” Frontiers in Sociology, July 5, 2019
Our World in Data
Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, Plastic Pollution
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. February 2019
FAO. Assessment of agricultural plastics and their sustainability, 2021
Environmental Integrity Project (5/12/22). Benzene Pollution at Petroleum Refinery Fencelines 2018–2021
Other EIP Reports: https://environmentalintegrity.org/reports/
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
World Population Prospects 2019
World Urbanization Prospects 2018
Poor People’s Campaign
Prison Policy Initiative
Leah Wang, The unmet health needs of people in state prisons. June 2022 https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/chronicpunishment.html
The Sentencing Project
Criminal Justice Issues and Facts https://www.sentencingproject.org
Criminal Justice Facts https://www.sentencingproject.org/criminal-justice-facts/
Human Rights Watch
Migrant children in US custody
California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. Interim Report.
5G mobile networks and health – a state-of-the-science review of the research into low-level RF fields above 6 GHz. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, 16 March 2021
World Trade Organization (WTO)
World Trade Report, 2021
War and Peace
Paul Jay with Larry Wilkerson
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Databases on arms transfers, arms industry, multilateral peace operations, military expenditure
Environment of Peace: Security in a New Era of Risk, 2022
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
World Water Development Report 2020
UNESCO World Water Development Report 2022: Groundwater: making the invisible visible
AFL-CIO. Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2022
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Data & Statistics
Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo, Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets. Journal of Political Economy, 2020