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

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

by Janet N. Abramovitz (Joint Author), Worldwatch Institute
 
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

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.

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)

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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