Vital Signs 2006: The Trends that Are Shaping Our Future

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The award-winning Worldwatch Institute reveals the often overlooked key trends that tell the true health of our planet.
This annual volume distills the "vital signs" of our times, which often escape the attention of the media, world leaders, and economic experts, from thousands of government, industrial, and scientific documents. It tracks the major indicators that show social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack thereof.Vital Signs 2006-2007 presents ...
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Overview

The award-winning Worldwatch Institute reveals the often overlooked key trends that tell the true health of our planet.
This annual volume distills the "vital signs" of our times, which often escape the attention of the media, world leaders, and economic experts, from thousands of government, industrial, and scientific documents. It tracks the major indicators that show social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack thereof.Vital Signs 2006-2007 presents up-to-the-minute information on environmental and sustainable development topics, such as climate change, world population, energy, transgenic crops, HIV/AIDS, trade, and Internet use. Each trend is presented in text and graphics, providing a thorough, well-documented, and accessible overview.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393328721
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/10/2006
  • Series: Vital Signs Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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

Food and agriculture trends 21
Grain harvest flat 22
Meat consumption and output up 24
Fish harvest stable but threatened 26
Pesticide trade shows new market trends 28
Energy and climate trends 31
Fossil fuel use continues to grow 32
Nuclear power inches up 34
Wind power blowing strong 36
Solar industry stays hot 38
Biofuels hit a gusher 40
Climate change impacts rise 42
Weather-related disasters affect millions 44
Hydropower rebounds slightly 46
Energy productivity gains slow 48
Economic trends 51
Global economy grows again 52
Advertising spending sets another record 54
Steel output up but price drops 56
Aluminum production increases steadily 58
Roundwood production hits a new peak 60
Transportation and communications trends 63
Vehicle production continues to expand 64
Bicycle production up 66
Air travel takes off again 68
Internet and cell phone use soar 70
Health and social trends 73
Population continues to grow 74
HIV/AIDS threatens development 76
Infant mortality rate falls again 78
Conflict and peace trends 81
Number of violent conflicts drops 82
Military expenditures keep growing 84
Peacekeeping expenditures set new record 86
Environment features 91
Global ecosystems under more stress 92
Coral reef losses increasing 94
Birds remain threatened 96
Plant diversity endangered 98
Disappearing mangroves leave coasts at risk 100
Deforestation continues 102
Groundwater overdraft problem persists 104
Reducing mercury pollution 106
Economy and social features 109
Regional disparities in quality of life persist 110
Language diversity declining 112
Slums grow as urban poverty escalates 114
Action needed on water and sanitation 116
Car-sharing continues to gain momentum 118
Obesity reaches epidemic levels 120
Corporate responsibility reports take root 122
Nanotechnology takes off 124
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