Vital Signs 1994

July 1994
ISBN: 0-393-03637-5
158 pages

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Vital Signs 1994 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 44 key indicators that best track change in our environmental, economic, and social health. Vital Signs 1994 analyzes each indicator—whether on food, carbon emissions, or the arms trade—in text and easy-to-read graphs.

The third edition of this Worldwatch annual finds that the production of ozone-depleting CFCs is down by half and that cigarette smoking, weapons trade and fertilizer use are also down.

And as in past years, Vital Signs 1994 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 1943 continues to be an invaluable guide.