Vital Signs 2001

May 2001
ISBN: 0-393-32176-2
192 pages

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The global trends documented in Vital Signs 2001—from the rapid increase in the use of wind power to the continued warming of the planet—will play a large role in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in this new century.

The tenth volume in the series shows in graphic form the key trends that often escape the attention of the news media and world leaders; trends that are often ignored by economic experts as they plan for the future. Written by the Institute's award-winning staff, this book gives readers easy access to indicators that show social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack of it. The carefully selected data have been distilled into “vital signs“ from thousands of documents from government, industry, scientific bodies, and international organizations.

Each year, Vital Signs presents emerging trends in more than 100 clear and compelling tables and graphs, accompanied by concise, thoughtful analysis. Among the findings in the 1997 edition:

  • Although AIDS has grabbed the headlines in recent years, malaria remains one of the world's deadliest diseases, killing at least a million people a year.
  • Of the 1,233 new drugs that reached the market between 1975 and 1997, only 13 products were designed to combat tropical diseases, which are some of the world's biggest killers.
  • The United States, long the leader in milk production, was eclipsed by India in milk output in 1997.
  • At $11.2 billion in exports, coffee is second only to oil in the developing world's export commodities.