Vital Signs 2001: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

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The global trends documented in Vital Signs 2001 -- from the rapid increase in the use of wind power to the continued warming of the planet -- will play a large role in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in this new century.

This tenth volume in the series from the Worldwatch Institute shows in graphic form the key trends that often escape the attention of the news media and world leaders, trends that are often ignored by economic experts as they plan ...

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Overview

The global trends documented in Vital Signs 2001 -- from the rapid increase in the use of wind power to the continued warming of the planet -- will play a large role in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in this new century.

This tenth volume in the series from the Worldwatch Institute shows in graphic form the key trends that often escape the attention of the news media and world leaders, trends that are often ignored by economic experts as they plan for the future. Written by the staff of the award-winning Worldwatch Institute, this book gives readers easy access to indicators that show social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack of it. The carefully selected data have been distilled into "vital signs" from thousands of documents from government, industry, scientific bodies, and international organizations.

Each year, Vital Signs presents emerging trends in more than 100 clear and compelling tables and graphs, accompanied by concise, thoughtful analysis. Whether you read Vital Signs as a preview of the next decade or to verify a particular trend, you will find it comprehensive and authoritative. Vital Signs is also an excellent companion to Worldwatch's annual State of the World.

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Editorial Reviews

Guardian
Its cool appraisal of our planet makes all other works of reference look trivial.
KLIATT
This tenth volume in the annual series discusses "key indicators" in fields ranging from food and agriculture to energy, the atmosphere, the economy, transportation, health and social trends, and the military. One-page essays under each heading appear on the left-hand page, while relevant tables and gra phs appear on the right. A sampling of topics: "Solar Power Market Surges," "AIDS Erodes Decades of Progress," "Limited Progress on Nuclear Arsenals." A second section, "Special Features," has slightly lengthier essays that look at aspects of change in the environment, economy and finance, resource economics, transportation, health, and social features. Sample topics: "World's Coral Reefs Dying Off," "Being Overweight Now Epidemic," "World's Many Languages Disappearing." Some of the intriguing revelations here include an account of how many people are now dying from malaria, though AIDS gets more headlines, and how coffee is now second only to oil as an export commodity in the developing world. Not exactly light reading, but succinctly and clearly presented, and also carefully researched, as documented in the lengthy notes section. This overview of some of the events influencing our world will be useful for social studies students and others trying to get an idea of developments that are affecting our world. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Norton, The Worldwatch Institute, 192p. tables. graphs. notes., $13.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393321760
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Vital Signs Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Overview: The Triple Health Challenge 17
Ecosystem Health 18
Public Health 19
Economic Health 21
Solutions 23
Part 1 Key Indicators
Food and Agriculture Trends 27
World Grain Harvest Drops 28
Soybean Harvest Sets Record 30
Fertilizer Use Rises 32
Milk Production Maintains Momentum 34
Coffee Production Hits New High 36
Energy Trends 39
Fossil Fuel Use Falls Again 40
Nuclear Power Inches Up 42
Wind Energy Growth Continues 44
Solar Power Market Surges 46
Atmospheric Trends 49
Global Temperature Steady 50
Carbon Emissions Continue Decline 52
Economic Trends 55
World Economy Expands 56
Foreign Debt Unchanged 58
U.N. Funds Stay on Roller Coaster 60
Food Trade Slumps 62
Aluminum Production Keeps Growing 64
Transportation Trends 67
Vehicle Production Sets New Record 68
Bicycle Production Recovers 70
Health and Social Trends 73
Population Increases Steadily 74
Cigarette Production Remains High 76
AIDS Erodes Decades of Progress 78
Military Trends 81
War Trends Mixed 82
Peacekeeping Expenditures Rebound 84
Limited Progress on Nuclear Arsenals 86
Part 2 Special Features
Environmental Features 91
World's Coral Reefs Dying Off 92
Hydrological Poverty Worsening 94
Wetlands Decline 96
Bird Species Threatened 98
Farm Animal Populations Soar 100
Growth in Transgenic Area Slows 102
Economy and Finance Features 105
Pharmaceutical Sales Thriving 106
PVC Plastic Pervades Economy 108
Microcredit Expanding Rapidly 110
Stock Markets Follow a Rocky Road 112
Socially Responsible Investing Surges 114
Toll of Natural Disasters Grows 116
Resource Economics Features 119
Wheat/Oil Exchange Rate Skyrockets 120
Commodity Prices Weak 122
Transportation Features 125
Urban Rail Systems Gather Steam 126
Gasoline Taxes Vary Widely 128
Health Features 131
Antimicrobial Resistance Growing 132
Malaria's Lethal Grip Tightens 134
Being Overweight Now Epidemic 136
Health Care Spending Uneven 138
Social Features 141
Migrants and Refugees on the Move 142
World's Many Languages Disappearing 144
Religious Environmentalism Rises 146
Education Still Falling Short of Goals 148
Social Security Facing Challenges 150
Notes 153
The Vital Signs Series 190
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