Little progress on green goals globally, mobile microwork, food consumption at a tipping point.

-The U.N.’s Global Environmental Outlook sees little progress on green goals and warns that irreversible change could be on the horizon, reports BBC News.

-Food consumption is at a tipping point, with malnourishment becoming less of a global problem than obesity, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-As the world becomes more urban and living standards improve, the World Bank identifies trash management as a “looming crisis,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Within the next five years, the number of connected mobile phones will be greater than the global population, according to a new report from Ericsson.

The Economist considers the future of medicine and how doctors may be “squeezed out” of their central role in health care.

-The Boston Consulting Group’s “Luxe Redux” report spotlights key ways in which the luxury market and its consumers are changing.

-JWT’s Tom Doctoroff writes on “the unique cultural challenges of marketing to China’s new middle class” in Fast Company.

The FT spotlights a report finding that China’s wealthy may be losing interest in bling in favor of unique experiences. And a McKinsey report takes a look at “Japan’s Resilient Luxury Market.”

The New York Times looks at the challenges of teaching journalism in China.

The Wall Street Journal examines how male migration overseas for work is reshaping gender roles in rural Mexico.

The New York Times takes a look at how privacy concerns are spurring startups that enable “sharing within boundaries.” And Fast Company explores the future of the sharing economy.

ReadWriteWeb outlines “why crowdfunding is today’s goldrush.”

-The New York Times’ Bits blog observes that Silicon Valley is the new Hollywood.

-Silicon Valley is becoming less of a boys club, reports USA Today, noting that the rise of female-led firms “reflects sweeping change in the worlds of start-up companies and angel funding.”

-“Hardware is the new software,” says Wired, attributing the spike in hardware-focused startups in part to the popularity of crowdfunding.

-A new report spotlights a rise in immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S., according to CNN.

-The BBC takes a look at how microwork is enabling people to earn money using their mobiles.

-Move over voice recognition, emotion-recognition systems—that can respond to user emotion—are just on the horizon, according to Fast Company.

-It’s increasingly hard for young Americans with no college education to find employment, according to a New York Times report.

-More and more American families are renting homes rather than buying, a shift that’s changing neighborhoods and the real estate market, according to USA Today.

-But both Americans and Europeans are becoming more flexible in how they think about leaving the full-time work force, the report by a Dutch insurer finds.

-Scientists have found a more accurate and noninvasive means of testing fetus DNA—but is it a cause for celebration? The New York Times has a look.

-American food trucks are finding favor with the French, reports The New York Times.

Businessweek looks at how some airlines are swapping in-flight entertainment systems for iPad rentals and “bring your own device” programs.

The New York Times outlines 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow, including smart clothing, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2012.