Vital Signs 1992

Vital Signs 1992 Cover

October 1992
ISBN: 0-393-30974-6
130 pages

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Vital Signs: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future concisely presents the good news, the bad news, and some surprises about the health of our planet and civilization. The Worldwatch Institute's award-winning researchers have culled information from around the globe to come up with 36 key indicators that best track change in our environmental, economic, and social health. Vital Signs analyzes each indicator - whether on food or forests, nuclear warheads or infant mortality - in text and in easy-to-read graphs.

Vital Signs finds military expenditures declining. Infant mortality on the wane. Cigarette smoking down.

But down, too, is per capita grain production. Forest cover. And equity in income distribution.

Vital Signs analyzes what the trends tell us about the history, and future, of our food supply. Our population. The global economy. Production of oil, natural gas, solar, and nuclear energy. How population growth affects economic growth. How the Third World debt burden affects the environment.

Vital Signs is an invaluable guide for public policymakers and environmentally concerned citizens everywhere who wish to better understand our changing world. It provides an excellent companion volume to the Worldwatch Institute's annual State of the World report.