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Vital signs 2002-2003 : the trends that are shaping our future

Author: Janet N Abramovitz; Worldwatch Institute.
Publisher: London : Earthscan, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This annual volume gives prominence to key trends by distilling the 45 'vital signs' of our times from thousands of governmental, industrial and scientific sources. It allows readers to track key indicators that show our social, economic and environmental progress, or lack of it.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet N Abramovitz; Worldwatch Institute.
ISBN: 1853839183 9781853839184
OCLC Number: 50017922
Description: 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: PART ONE KEY INDICATORS: Food and Agricultural Trends - Aquaculture Production Intensifies, Grain Harvest Lagging Behind Demand, Meat Production Hits Another High, Cocoa Production Jumps, Sugar and Sweetener Use Grows, Irrigated Area Rises; Energy Trends - Fossil Fuel Use Inches Up, Nuclear Power Up Slightly, Wind Energy Surges, Solar Cell Use Rises Quickly, Compact Fluorescents Set Record; Atmospheric Trends - Global Temperature Close to a Record, Carbon Emissions Reach New High, CFC Use Declining; Economic Trends - Economic Growth Falters, Trade Slows, Foreign Debt Falls in Dollar Term, Metals Exploration Drops Sharply, Metals Production Climbs, Oil Spills Decline, Roundwood Production Rebounds; Transportation Trends - Vehicle Production Declines Slightly, Bicycle Production Rolls Forward, Passenger Rail at Crossroads; Communications Trends - Internet Continues Meteoric Rise, Mobile Phone Use Boom; Health and Social Trends - Population Growing Steadily, AIDS Passes 20-Year Mark; Military Trends - Number of Violent Conflicts Declines, Peacekeeping Expenditures Rise Again. PART TWO SPECIAL FEATURES: Environment Features - Farmland Quality Deteriorating, Forest Loss Unchecked, Freshwater Species at Increasing Risk, Transboundary Parks Become Popular, Semiconductors Have Hidden Costs, Toxic Waste Largely Unseen, Rio Treaties Post Some Success; Economy and Finance Features - Foreign Aid Spending Falls, Charitable Giving Widespread, Cruise Industry Buoyant, Ecolabeling Gains Ground, Pesticide Sales Remain Strong; Resource Economics Features - Biotech Industry Growing, Appliance Efficiency Takes Off, Water Stress Driving Grain Trade; Health Features - Food-borne Illness Widespread, Soda Consumption Grows, Prevalence of Asthma Rising Sharply, Mental Health Often Overlooked; Social Features - Poverty Persists, Car-Sharing Emerging, Sprawling Cities Have Global Effects, Teacher Shortages Hit Hard, Women Subject to Violence, Voter Participation Declines; Military Features - Progress Against Landmines.
Responsibility: Janet N. Abramovitz [and others].

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