Vital Signs 2010 : The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

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"From rising meat and seafood production to changes in the climate, Vital Signs 2010 documents 24 trends that are shaping our future and includes concise analyses and clear graphs." "This seventeenth edition of the Worldwatch Institute series shows that climate change continues to cast a long shadow over the world's leading economic, social, and environmental trends. Some of the trends revealed inside are:" On the Cover: Taklamakan Desert Flanked to the north and south by two parts of the ancient Silk Road, the Taklamakan Desert in northwestern China is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world. The area has become a major oil and gas supplier even as local oasis communities battle advancing sands. Desertification in China and Asia is expected to worsen due to human activities like farming and to a changing climate that includes more frequent and prolonged droughts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781878071941
  • Publisher: Worldwatch Inst
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Preface 9

Energy and Transportation Trends 11

Wind Power Increase in 2008 Exceeds 10-year Average Growth Rate 12

Global Auto Industry in Crisis 15

Solar Power Experiences Strongest Year of Growth Yet 18

Solar Thermal Heating Up Sharply 21

Fossil Fuel Production Up Despite Recession 24

Biofuel Production Up Despite Economic Downturn 27

Environment and Climate Trends 31

One Fifth of Coral Reefs Lost, Rest Threatened by Climate Change and Human Activities 32

Growth in Protected Areas Slows 35

Devastating Natural Disasters Continue Steady Rise 38

Water Scarcity Looms 42

Climate Change Proceeds Down Worrisome Path 45

Food and Agriculture Trends 49

Irrigated Area Expands Slowly 50

Organic Agriculture More than Doubled Since 2000 53

Grain Production Continues Growth After Mixed Decade 56

Meat Production Continues to Rise 59

Fish Production Reaches a Record 62

Global Economy and Resources Trends 65

World Metals Production Surges 66

World Labor Force Growing at Divergent Rates 69

Growth in World Economic Output Slows 72

Ad Spending Slumps in 2008, Projected to Decline Significantly in 2009 75

Population and Society Trends 79

Despite Significant Increase Since 1990, Access to Sanitation Still Inadequate 80

Population Growth Steady in Recent Years 84

Income Poverty Still Falling, But More Slowly 87

Health Assistance to Developing Countries Soars 90

Notes 93

The Vital Signs Series 119

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