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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

Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

UN Dag Hammarskjold Library

Climate Change – A Global Issue

Perspectives Climate Research

Military and Conflict-Related Emissions: Kyoto to Glasgow and Beyond


State of the Oceans, 2018

Top 20 Major Oil Spill Incidents Since 1967


United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Global Education Monitoring Reports

Education for All, 2020

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

World Inequality Database

World Inequality Report 2022

Global Inequality

Profiting from Pain. Oxfam Media Briefing, 23 May 2022

Contrasts: on yachts and tropical diseases

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

The myth of the middle class



Our World in Data

Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, Plastic Pollution

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Sowing a Plastic Planet: How Microplastics in Agrochemicals Are Affecting Our Soils, Our Food, and Our Future. May 2022

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:


UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

World Population Prospects 2019

World Urbanization Prospects 2018


Poor People’s Campaign

Maps: Distribution of Poor and Low-Income People in the US


Prison Policy Initiative

Leah Wang, The unmet health needs of people in state prisons. June 2022

The Sentencing Project

Criminal Justice Issues and Facts

Criminal Justice Facts

Human Rights Watch

No Escape: Male Rape in US Prisons

Migrant children in US custody

Race Relations

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

The Analysis

Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine Still Exists

Paul Jay  

Risking the Apocalypse for Money and God  

Paul Jay with Larry Wilkerson

Ukraine and the Doomsday Machine

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

FBI report on Saudi involvement in 9/11


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

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