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What we make and buy is a major indicator of society's collective priorities. Among twenty-four key trends, Vital Signs Volume 22 explores significant global patterns in production and consumption. The result is a fascinating snapshot of how we invest our resources and the implications for the world's well-being.
Vital Signs, Volume 22 examines developments in six main areas: energy, environment and climate, transportation, food and agriculture, global economy and resources, and population and society. Readers will learn how aquaculture is making gains on wild fish catches, where high speed rail is accelerating, why plastic production is on the rise, who is escaping chronic hunger, and who is still suffering.
Researchers at the Worldwatch Institute not only provide the most up-to-date statistics, but put them in context. The analysis in Vital Signs teaches us both about our current priorities and how they could be shaped to create a better future.
PART I. Energy Trends
Chapter 1. Global Consumption Keeps Rising, but Growth is Slowing
Chapter 2. Wind Power Growth Still Surging Where Strongly Supported
Chapter 3. Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Total
Chapter 4. Wind, Solar Generation Capacity Catching Up with Nuclear Power
Chapter 5. Smart Grid Investment Grows with Widespread Smart Meter Installations
Chapter 6. Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline
Chapter 7. Shale Gas
PART II. Environment and Climate Trends
Chapter 8. Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming
Chapter 9. Global Populations at Risk as Sea Level Continues to Rise
PART III. Transportation Trends
Chapter 10. Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark
Chapter 11. Passenger and Freight Rail Trends Mixed, High-Speed Rail
PART IV. Food and Agriculture Trends
Chapter 12. Aquaculture Continues to Gain on Wild Fish Capture
Chapter 13. Peak Meat Production Strains Land and Water Resources
Chapter 14. Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising
Chapter 15. Cotton Production / Consumption
Chapter 16. Genetically-Modified Crops
Chapter 17. Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency
PART V. Global Economy and Resources Trends
Chapter 18. Global Economy Inches Upward as Environmental and Social Concerns Mount
Chapter 19. Commodity Prices Keep Slowing in 2013 but Still Strong Overall
Chapter 20. Paper Production Levels Off
Chapter 21. Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags
PART VI. Population and Society Trends
Chapter 22. Will Population Growth End in this Century?
Chapter 23. Jobs in Renewable Energy Expand in Turbulent Process
Chapter 24. Chronic Hunger Falling, but One in Nine People Still Affected
Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown as an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns, Worldwatch was quickly recognised by opinion leaders around the world for its foresight and accessible, fact-based analysis. Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasising a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.