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Title:
Vital signs 1999 : the environmental trends that are shaping our future
Author:
Brown, Lester R. (Lester Russell), 1934-
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Food trends -- Agricultural resource trends -- Energy trends -- Atmospheric trends -- Economic trends -- Transportation trends -- Communication trends -- Social trends -- Military trends -- Environmental features -- Economic features -- Social features -- Military features.
ISBN:
9780393318937
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Book

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Summary

The global trends documented in Vital Sings 1999--from a decline in nuclear power generating capacity to the proliferation of genetically modified crops--will play a large part in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in the next decade.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Forewordp. 11
Overview: An Off-the-Chart Yearp. 15
Economic Growth Slowsp. 15
New Energy Economy Emergingp. 16
Climate Change Acceleratesp. 18
Food: A False Sense of Securityp. 18
Restructuring the Protein Economyp. 19
The Mobility Factorp. 20
Electronic Linkages Multiplyp. 20
Smoking Trend Reversedp. 21
Rise in Life Expectancy Slowingp. 22
Population Growth Continuesp. 23
War and Peacep. 24
Trends to Watchp. 24
Part 1 Key Indicators
Food Trendsp. 29
Grain Harvest Dropsp. 30
Soybean Harvest Downp. 32
Meat Production Growth Slowsp. 34
Fisheries Falterp. 36
Grain Stocks Down Slightlyp. 38
Agricultural Resource Trendsp. 41
Grain Area Declinesp. 42
Irrigated Area Upp. 44
Energy Trendsp. 47
Growth in Fossil Fuel Burning Slowsp. 48
Nuclear Power Declines Slightlyp. 50
Wind Power Blows to New Recordp. 52
Solar Cells Continue Double-Digit Growthp. 54
Atmospheric Trendsp. 57
Global Temperature Goes Off the Chartp. 58
Carbon Emissions Dipp. 60
Economic Trendsp. 63
Global Economic Growth Slowsp. 64
Third World Debt Still Risingp. 66
World Trade Declinesp. 68
World Ad Spending Climbsp. 70
U.N. Finances Decline Furtherp. 72
Weather-Related Losses Hit New Highp. 74
Roundwood Production Levels Offp. 76
Paper Production Inches Upp. 78
Transportation Trendsp. 81
Automobile Production Dipsp. 82
Bicycle Production Down Againp. 84
World Air Travel Soaringp. 86
Communication Trendsp. 89
Satellite Launches Get a Boostp. 90
Telephone Network Keeps Growingp. 92
Internet Continues Rapid Expansionp. 94
Social Trendsp. 97
World Population Swellsp. 98
Life Expectancy Extends to New Highp. 100
Hiv/Aids Pandemic Decimatesp. 102
Polio Nearly Eradicatedp. 104
Refugee Numbers Drop Againp. 106
Cigarette Production Fallsp. 108
Military Trendsp. 111
Wars Increase Once Againp. 112
U.N. Peackeeping Expenditures Drop Morep. 114
Nuclear Arsenals Shrinkp. 116
Part 2 Special Features
Environmental Featuresp. 121
Transgenic Crops Proliferatep. 122
Pesticide-Resistant Species Flourishp. 124
Harmful Algae Blooming Worldwidep. 126
Urban Air Taking Livesp. 128
Biomass Energy Use Growing Slowlyp. 130
Economic Featuresp. 133
Transportation Shapes Citiesp. 134
Corporations Driving Globalizationp. 136
Government Corruption Widespreadp. 138
Social Featuresp. 141
Unemployment Plagues Many Nationsp. 142
Ngos Proliferate Worldwidep. 144
Malnutrition Still Prevalentp. 146
Sperm Counts Droppingp. 148
People Everywhere Eating More Fast Foodp. 150
Military Featuresp. 153
Small Arms Found in All Nationsp. 154
Notesp. 157