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Each year, Vital Signs presents emerging trends in more than 100 clear and compelling tables and graphs, accompanied by concise, thoughtful analysis. This tenth volume 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.
'A remarkable snapshot of the world today and the trends shaping life for the 21st century.' The Guardian
Part 1 Key indicators: Food and Agriculture Trends - World Grain Harvest Drops, Soybean Harvest Sets Record, Fertilizer Use Rises, Milk Production Maintains Momentum, Coffee Production Hits New High; Energy Trends - Fossil Fuel Use Falls Again, Nuclear Power Inches Up, Wind Energy Growth Continues, Solar Power Market Surges; Atmospheric Trends - Global Temperature Steady, Carbon Emissions Continue Decline; Economic Trends - World Economy Expands, Foreign Debt Unchanged, U.N. Funds Stay on Roller Coaster, Food Trade Slumps, Aluminium Production Keeps Growing; Transportation Trends - Vehicle Production Sets New Record, Bicycle Production Recovers; Health and Social Trends - Population Increases Steadily, Cigarette Production Remains High, AIDS Erodes Decades of Progress; Military Trends - War Trends Mixed, Peacekeeping Expenditures Rebound, Limited Progress on Nuclear Arsenals. Part 2 Special features: Environmental Features - World's Coral Reefs Dying Off, Hydrological Poverty Worsening, Wetlands Decline, Bird Species Threatened, Farm Animal Populations Soar, Growth in Transgenic Area Slows; Economy and Finance Features - Pharmaceutical Sales Thriving, PVC Plastic Pervades Economy, Microcredit Expanding Rapidly, Stock Markets Follow a Rocky Road, Socially Responsible Investing Surges, Toll of Natural Disasters Grows; Resource Economics Features - Wheat/Oil Exchange Rate Skyrockets, Commodity Prices Weak, Transportation Features - Urban Rail Systems Gather Steam, Gasoline Taxes Vary Widely; Health Features - Antimicrobial Resistance Growing, Malaria's Lethal Grip Tightens, Being Overweight Now Epidemic, Health Care Spending Uneven; Social Features - Migrants and Refugees on the Move, World's Many Languages Disappearing, Religious Environmentalism Rises, Education Still Failing Short of Goals, Social Security Facing Challenges.
Written by the staff of the award-winning Worldwatch Institute, including Janet N Abramovitz, Lester R Brown, Seth Dunn, Christopher Flavin, Hilary F French, Gary Gardner, Brian Halweil, Anne Platt McGinn and David Malin Roodman
'Vital Signs does for the environment what stock market indicators do for the City' - BBC Wildlife Magazine; A remarkable snapshot of the world today' - John Vidal, The Guardian; 'A key source of hard facts on global trends' - Booklist