Vital Signs 2000: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

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Whether you read Vital Signs for a preview of the next decade or to verify a particular trend, you will find it comprehensive and authoritative. Vital Signs is an excellent companion volume to Worldwatch's highly acclaimed State of the World series.
This annual volume from the Worldwatch Institute shows in graphic form key trends that often escape the attention of the news media, world leaders, and economic experts, but should be integrated into their plans as they map out our ...

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Overview

Whether you read Vital Signs for a preview of the next decade or to verify a particular trend, you will find it comprehensive and authoritative. Vital Signs is an excellent companion volume to Worldwatch's highly acclaimed State of the World series.
This annual volume from the Worldwatch Institute shows in graphic form key trends that often escape the attention of the news media, world leaders, and economic experts, but should be integrated into their plans as they map out our global future. Written by the staff of the award-winning Worldwatch Institute, this book allows readers to track key indicators that show social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack of it. These authoritative data have been distilled from thousands of documents obtained from government, industry, scientists, and international organizations into forty-five "vital signs" of our times. Vital Signs 2000 presents up-to-the-minute information on environmental and sustainable development topics such as global temperature, population growth, HIV/AIDS, fossil fuel consumption, Internet use, income inequalities, grain production, and fish catch. Each trend is presented in both text and graphics, providing a thorough, well-documented, and very accessible overview.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320220
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2000
  • Series: Vital Signs Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit research and publishing organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.

Lester R. Brownis the founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch Institutes. He has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, and twenty-five honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Michael Renner, a senior researcher at Worldwatch, lives in New York City.

Brian Halweil is a researcher at the Worldwatch Institute.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Overview: The Acceleration of Change 17
Energy Transition Accelerates 18
Climate Change Building Momentum 20
Food Trends Mixed 21
Unsustainable Output Growing 22
The Productivity Challenge 22
Economic Trends Mixed 23
The Globalization of Information 24
Social Trends Grim 25
Wars and Peacekeeping Both Increasing 27
Environmental Deterioration 27
Tax Shifting to Save the Environment 28
Part 1 Key Indicators
Food Trends 33
Grain Harvest Falls 34
Soybean Harvest Drops 36
Meat Production Up Again 38
Fish Harvest Down 40
Agricultural Resource Trends 43
Grain Area Shrinks Again 44
Fertilizer Use Down 46
Pesticide Trade Nears New High 48
Energy Trends 51
Fossil Fuel Use in Flux 52
Nuclear Power Rises Slightly 54
Wind Power Booms 56
Solar Power Market Jumps 58
Compact Fluorescents Light Up the Globe 60
Atmospheric Trends 63
Global Temperature Drops 64
Carbon Emissions Fall Again 66
Economic Trends 69
Economic Growth Speeds Up 70
Developing-Country Debt Increases 72
World Trade Stable in Value 74
Weather Damages Drop 76
Paper Piles Up 78
Gold Loses Its Luster 80
Tourism Growth Rebounds 82
Transportation Trends 85
Vehicle Production Increases 86
Bicycle Production Down Again 88
Communication Trends 91
Telephone Network Diversifies 92
Internet Use Accelerates 94
Social Trends 97
World Population Passes 6 Billion 98
HIV/AIDS Pandemic Hits Africa Hardest 100
Refugee Numbers Continue Decline 102
Urban Population Continues to Rise 104
Cigarette Death Toll Rising 106
Military Trends 109
Number of Wars on Upswing 110
Peacekeeping Expenditures Turn Up 112
Part 2 Special Features
Environmental Features 117
Transgenic Crop Area Surges 118
Organic Farming Thrives Worldwide 120
Groundwater Depletion Widespread 122
Groundwater Quality Deteriorating 124
Ice Cover Melting Worldwide 126
Stresses on Amphibians Grow 128
Endocrine Disrupters Raise Concern 130
Paper Recycling Remains Strong 132
Environmental Treaties Gain Ground 134
Economic Features 137
Environmental Tax Shifts Multiplying 138
Satellites Boost Environmental Knowledge 140
Corporate Mergers Skyrocket 142
Social Features 145
Wind Energy Jobs Rising 146
Tuberculosis Resurging Worldwide 148
Prison Populations Exploding 150
Women Slowly Gain Ground in Politics 152
Notes 155
The Vital Signs Series 190
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