Vital Signs 1993

July 1993
ISBN: 0-393-31024-8
153 pages

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Vital Signs 1993 concisely presents the good news, the bad news, and some surprises about the health of our planet and civilization. The Institute's award-winning research team has culled information from around the globe to come up with 42 key indicators that best track change in our environmental, economic, and social health. Vital Signs 1993 analyzes each indicator—whether on food or water, nuclear warheads or infant mortality—in words and easy-to-read graphs.

The second edition of this Worldwatch annual finds the production of ozone-depleting CFCs cut in half, infant mortality on the wane, and cigarette smoking down. But down, too, is per capita grain production, adequate water supplies in many countries, and the world fish catch.

Vital Signs 1993 analyzes what the trends tell us about the history, and future, of our food supply, our population, the global economy, and the production of oil, coal, nuclear, geothermal, solar, and wind energy. It also illustrates how population growth affects economic growth and how the Third World debt burden affects the environment.

Read by public policymakers, scientists, instructors and concerned citizens everywhere who wish to better understand our changing world, Vital Signs 1993 has proven to be an invaluable guide.