Vital Signs: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

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Vital Signs: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future concisely presents the good news, the bad news, and some surprises about the health of our planet and civilization. The Worldwatch Institute's award-winning researchers have culled information from around the globe to come up with 36 key indicators that best track change in our environmental, economic, and social health. Vital Signs analyzes each indicator - whether on food or forests, nuclear warheads or infant mortality - in text and in easy-to-read graphs. ...
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Vital Signs: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future concisely presents the good news, the bad news, and some surprises about the health of our planet and civilization. The Worldwatch Institute's award-winning researchers have culled information from around the globe to come up with 36 key indicators that best track change in our environmental, economic, and social health. Vital Signs analyzes each indicator - whether on food or forests, nuclear warheads or infant mortality - in text and in easy-to-read graphs. Vital Signs finds military expenditures declining. Infant mortality on the wane. Cigarette smoking down. But down, too, is per capita grain production. Forest cover. And equity in income distribution. Vital Signs analyzes what the trends tell us about the history, and future, of our food supply. Our population. The global economy. Production of oil, natural gas, solar, and nuclear energy. How population growth affects economic growth. How the Third World debt burden affects the environment. Vital Signs is an invaluable guide for public policymakers and environmentally concerned citizens everywhere who wish to better understand our changing world. It provides an excellent companion volume to the Worldwatch Institute's annual State of the World report. Founded in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute is designed to inform policymakers and the public about the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. An efficient early-warning system, the Worldwatch research team was among the first to note such trends as global warming, fuelwood shortages in the Third World, world water shortages, soil erosion, and the ecological disasters in eastern Europe. The results of Worldwatch's unique inter-disciplinary research is covered regularly by all the world's wire services and major newspapers, from the New York Times to the Asahi Shimbun, from Le Monde to the Journal do Brasil. Worldwatch environmental and policy experts regularly appear on t

The most up-to-date information on environmental, economic, and social trends that are quite literally shaping our future. The world fish catch, carbon emissions, bicycle production, military expenditures, population growth, and other trends are presented in a straightforward manner, along with graphs. Includes the magnitude of changes in the past year.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393309744
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Overview: Entering a New Era 15
Promising New Trends 16
Food Trend Reversals 17
Diverging Energy Trends 18
Social Trends 19
Pt. 1 Key Indicators
Food Trends 23
Grain Harvest Drops 24
Soybean Production Up 26
Meat Production Rises 28
Fish Catch Falls 30
Grain Stocks Decline 32
Agricultural Resource Trends 35
Grainland Shrinks 36
Irrigation Expansion Slowing 38
Fertilizer Use Falls 40
Energy Trends 43
Oil Production Falls 44
Natural Gas Production Climbs 46
Nuclear Power at Standstill 48
Wind Power Soars 50
Solar Cell Production Expanding 52
Energy Efficiency Falls 54
Atmospheric Trends 57
Global Temperature Rises 58
Carbon Emissions Steady 60
CFC Production Falling Fast 62
Economic Trends 65
Economy Contracts Slightly 66
Third World Debt Persists 68
Automobile Production Drops 70
Bicycle Production Outpaces Autos 72
Social Trends 75
Population Growth Sets Record 76
Infant Mortality Declining 78
Cigarette Smoking Losing Favor 80
Military Trends 83
Military Expenditures Falling 84
Nuclear Arsenal Shrinking 86
Pt. 2 Special Features
Environmental Features 91
Birds Fast Disappearing 92
Forests Shrinking at Record Rate 94
U.S. Soil Erosion Cut 96
Steel Recycling Rising Slowly 98
Nuclear Waste Accumulating 100
Economic Features 103
Arms Trade Exceeds Grain 104
Wheat/Oil Exchange Rate Shifts 106
Social Features 109
Income Distribution Worsening 110
Maternal Mortality Takes Heavy Toll 112
Coerced Motherhood Increasing 114
Notes 117
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