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Vital Signs The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

ISBN-10: 1610914562

ISBN-13: 9781610914567

Edition: 2013

Authors: Worldwatch Institute Staff

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From meat consumption to automobile production to hydropower,Vital Signs 2013documents over two dozen trends that are shaping our future in concise analyses and clear tables and graphs. The twentieth volume of the Worldwatch Institute series demonstrates that while remarkable progress has been made over the past year, much remains to be done to get the planet on a more sustainable track. Worldwide, people are waking up to the realities of a resource-constrained planet: investments and subsidies for renewable energy have reached new heights, consumers are slowly shifting away from meat-heavy diets, and new employment structures like co-operatives are democratizing the global economy. Yet with over 1 billion people lacking access to electricity, natural disasters that are more costly than ever before, and an adherence to the factory farm model of food production, it is clear that many obstacles loom on the horizon.  Covering a wide range of environmental, economic, and social themes,Vital Signs 2013is the go-to source for straightforward data and analyses on the latest issues facing an increasingly crowded planet. By placing each trend within a global framework,Vital Signs 2013identifies the solutions we need to transition toward a more sustainable world.  This book will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, and students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 7/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

Acknowledgments
Overview: Peak Production from a Planet in Distress
Energy and Transportation Trends
Growth in Global Oil Market Slows
Global Coal and Natural Gas Consumption Continue to Grow
China Drives Global Wind Growth
Hydropower and Geothermal Growth Slows
Smart Grid and Energy Storage Installations Rising
Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy Subsidies on the Rise
Continued Growth in Renewable Energy Investments
Auto Production Roars to New Records
Environment and Climate Trends
Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Concentrations on the Rise as Kyoto Era Fades
Carbon Capture and Storage Experiences Limited Growth in 2011
Food and Agriculture Trends
Global Grain Production at Record High Despite Extreme Climatic Events
Disease and Drought Curb Meat Production and Consumption
Farm Animal Populations Continue to Grow
Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood
Area Equipped for Irrigation at Record Levels, But Expansion Slows
Organic Agriculture Contributes to Sustainable Food Security
Investing in Women Farmers
Foreign Investment in Agricultural Land Down from 2009 Peak
Global Economy and Resources Trends
Wage Gap Widens as Wages Fail to Keep Pace with Productivity
Metals Production Recovers
Municipal Solid Waste Growing
Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011
The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity
Advertising Spending Continues Gradual Rebound, Driven by Growth in Internet Media
Population and Society Trends
Emerging Co-operatives
Climate Change Migration Often Short-Distance and Circular
Urbanizing the Developing World
U.N. Funding Increases, But Falls Short of Global Tasks
Notes
The Vital Signs Series