Vital Signs 2006-2007

 

Vital Facts
Vital Signs Online

July, 2006
ISBN: 0-393-32872-4
160 pages

This report tracks and analyzes 44 trends that are shaping our future, and includes graphs and charts to provide a visual comparison over time. Categories of trends include: Food, Agricultural Resources, Energy and Climate, Global Economy, Resource Economics, Environment, War and Conflict, Communications and Transportation, Population and Society, and Health and Disease.

Contains 24 new trends in this edition and 20 updated trends. Order your hard copy or download your PDF today!

"Vital Signs... provides the most straightforward and reliable environmental, economic, and social information available on the entire planet Earth." -ePublishers Weekly

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Table of Contents


PART ONE: Key Indicators

Food and Agriculture Trends

  • Grain Harvest Flat
  • Meat Consumption and Output Up
  • Fish Harvest Stable But Threatened
  • Pesticide Trade Shows New Market Trends

Energy and Climate Trends

  • Fossil Fuel Use Continues to Grow
  • Nuclear Power Inches Up
  • Wind Power Blowing Strong
  • Solar Industry Stays Hot
  • Biofuels Hit a Gusher
  • Climate Change Impacts Rise
  • Weather-related Disasters Affect Millions
  • Hydropower Rebounds Slightly
  • Energy Productivity Gains Slow

Economic Trends

  • Global Economy Grows Again
  • Advertising Spending Sets Another Record
  • Steel Output Up But Price Drops
  • Aluminum Production Increases Steadily
  • Roundwood Production Hits a New Peak

Transportation and Communications Trends

  • Vehicle Production Continues to Expand
  • Bicycle Production Up
  • Air Travel Takes Off Again
  • Internet and Cell Phone Use Soar

Health and Social Trends

  • Population Continues to Grow
  • HIV/AIDS Threatens Development
  • Infant Mortality Rate Falls Again

Conflict and Peace Trends

  • Number of Violent Conflicts Drops
  • Military Expenditures Keep Growing
  • Peacekeeping Expenditures Set New Record

PART TWO: Special Features

Environment Features

  • Global Ecosystems Under More Stress
  • Coral Reef Losses Increasing
  • Birds Remain Threatened
  • Plant Diversity Endangered
  • Disappearing Mangroves Leave Coasts at Risk
  • Deforestation Continues
  • Groundwater Overdraft Problem Persists
  • Reducing Mercury Pollution

Economy and Social Features

  • Regional Disparities in Quality of Life Persist
  • Language Diversity Declining
  • Slums Grow as Urban Poverty Escalates
  • Action Needed on Water and Sanitation
  • Car-sharing Continues to Gain Momentum
  • Obesity Reaches Epidemic Levels
  • Corporate Responsibility Reports Take Root
  • Nanotechnolo


PART ONE: Key Indicators

Food and Agriculture Trends

  • Grain Harvest Flat
  • Meat Consumption and Output Up
  • Fish Harvest Stable But Threatened
  • Pesticide Trade Shows New Market Trends

Energy and Climate Trends

  • Fossil Fuel Use Continues to Grow
  • Nuclear Power Inches Up
  • Wind Power Blowing Strong
  • Solar Industry Stays Hot
  • Biofuels Hit a Gusher
  • Climate Change Impacts Rise
  • Weather-related Disasters Affect Millions
  • Hydropower Rebounds Slightly
  • Energy Productivity Gains Slow

Economic Trends

  • Global Economy Grows Again
  • Advertising Spending Sets Another Record
  • Steel Output Up But Price Drops
  • Aluminum Production Increases Steadily
  • Roundwood Production Hits a New Peak

Transportation and Communications Trends

  • Vehicle Production Continues to Expand
  • Bicycle Production Up
  • Air Travel Takes Off Again
  • Internet and Cell Phone Use Soar

Health and Social Trends

  • Population Continues to Grow
  • HIV/AIDS Threatens Development
  • Infant Mortality Rate Falls Again

Conflict and Peace Trends

  • Number of Violent Conflicts Drops
  • Military Expenditures Keep Growing
  • Peacekeeping Expenditures Set New Record

PART TWO: Special Features

Environment Features

  • Global Ecosystems Under More Stress
  • Coral Reef Losses Increasing
  • Birds Remain Threatened
  • Plant Diversity Endangered
  • Disappearing Mangroves Leave Coasts at Risk
  • Deforestation Continues
  • Groundwater Overdraft Problem Persists
  • Reducing Mercury Pollution

Economy and Social Features

  • Regional Disparities in Quality of Life Persist
  • Language Diversity Declining
  • Slums Grow as Urban Poverty Escalates
  • Action Needed on Water and Sanitation
  • Car-sharing Continues to Gain Momentum
  • Obesity Reaches Epidemic Levels
  • Corporate Responsibility Reports Take Root
  • Nanotechnolo