Vital Signs Volume 21

Author: Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610915399
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Vital Signs Volume 21 is all about growth. From natural disasters to cars to organic farming, the two dozen trends examined here indicate both increasing pressure on natural resources and scaled up efforts to live more sustainably. In 2012, world auto production set yet another record with passenger-car production rising to 66.7 million. That same year, the number of natural disasters climbed to 905, roughly one hundred more than the 10-year annual average, and 90 percent were weather related. Alongside these mounting pressures come investments in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. The number of acres of land farmed organically has tripled since 1999, though it still makes up less than 1% of total farmland. Not all the statistics are going up. Key measures of development aid have fallen, as have global commodity prices. Yet the overall trend is expansion, both for the good and ill of the planet. Vital Signs provides the latest data available, but its value goes beyond simple numbers. Through insightful analysis of global trends, it offers a starting point for those seeking solutions to the future’s intensifying challenges.

Vital Signs 2005

Author: Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393326895
Size: 14.60 MB
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Discusses trends in food and agriculture, energy, the atmosphere, the economy, transporation, health and society, the military, and the environment.

Vital Signs 2002 2003

Author: Worldwatch Institute
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781853839184
Size: 40.83 MB
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This annual volume gives prominence to key trends by distilling the 45 vital signs of our times from thousands of governmental, industrial and scientific sources. It allows readers to track key indicators that show our social, economic and environmental progress, or lack of it. The first part of the book offers a comprehensive presentation of the key indicators in areas such as food, agriculture, energy, atmosphere, economics, transport, health, society and the military. The second part provides in-depth articles on environment (alternative water sources, oil spills, forest cover, economy and finance (ecolabelling and charitable giving), communications (mobile phones, semiconductor production) and social features (including shortage of teachers, gender-based violence and urban sprawl).

Sustainability

Author: Scott T. Young
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412982847
Size: 20.20 MB
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Sustainability: Essentials for Business is the first survey text of its kind to offer a comprehensive treatment of the relationship between business and sustainability. The book begins with a macro perspective of the renewable resources such as air, water, forests, energy, etc. This discussion provides a starting point for the students unfamiliar with this sphere, so that the later chapters on environmental challenges can be framed within an appropriate context. The book then segues into the micro issues by shifting toward stakeholder interests and choices. Here, the chapters explore the various stakeholders involved - from organizations to consumers to non-governmental organizations, etc. The third section of the book aims to present business solutions designed to address and promote sustainability. This section will also discuss transparent and voluntary reporting along with the standards. The last section of the book concludes with ideas and questions about moving towards a sustainable future.

Vital Signs Volume 22

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610916727
Size: 77.30 MB
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What we make and buy is a major indicator of society’s collective priorities. Among twenty-four key trends, Vital Signs Volume 22 explores significant global patterns in production and consumption. The result is a fascinating snapshot of how we invest our resources and the implications for the world’s well-being. The book examines developments in six main areas: energy, environment and climate, transportation, food and agriculture, global economy and resources, and population and society. Readers will learn how aquaculture is making gains on wild fish catches, where high speed rail is accelerating, why plastic production is on the rise, who is escaping chronic hunger, and who is still suffering. Researchers at the Worldwatch Institute not only provide the most up-to-date statistics, but put them in context. The analysis in Vital Signs teaches us both about our current priorities and how they could be shaped to create a better future.

Vital Signs 2005

Author: Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393326895
Size: 51.53 MB
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Discusses trends in food and agriculture, energy, the atmosphere, the economy, transporation, health and society, the military, and the environment.

Vital Signs 1998 1999

Author: Lester R. Brown
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134185944
Size: 72.92 MB
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Earthed State Of The World

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610918428
Size: 76.25 MB
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Today's students will face the unprecedented challenges of a rapidly warming world, including emerging diseases, food shortages, drought, and waterlogged cities. How do we prepare 9.5 billion people for life in the Anthropocene, to thrive in this uncharted and more chaotic future? Answers are being developed in universities, preschools, professional schools, and even prisons around the world. In the latest volume of State of the World, a diverse group of education experts share innovative approaches to teaching and learning in a new era. EarthEd will inspire anyone who wants to prepare students not only for the storms ahead but to become the next generation of sustainability leaders.

Vital Signs 2007 2008

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610916689
Size: 55.47 MB
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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, Conflict and Peace, Communications and Transportation, Population and Society, and Health and Disease.

Vital Signs 2012

Author: The The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610913736
Size: 49.24 MB
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Just as people schedule regular check-ups with physicians, our planet needs regular check-ups to catch issues as early as possible, before they become more serious and harder to heal. That is the much-needed service provided on a global scale by the Worldwatch Institute in this new book, Vital Signs 2012. By taking stock of global consumption, Vital Signs 2012 offers the facts that need to guide our stewardship of the Earth's resources-and some of these facts are shocking. The report covers topics from obesity to ecosystem services, from grain production to nuclear power. Taken as a whole, it paints a picture of skyrocketing population, disappearing forests, and increasing consumption peppered with bright spots like growing investment in high-speed trains and other efficient transportation systems. Vital Signs 2012 is based on Worldwatch's online project of the same name, which provides up-to-date figures on important global concerns, as well as the Institute's own additional research. The book compiles the most important of these into an accessible, informative resource for policymakers and anyone who wants a realistic look at the state of our planet.