Vital Signs 1992 Table of Contents

PART ONE: Key Indicators


Food Trends

  • Grain Harvest Drops
  • Soybean Production Up
  • Meat Production Rises
  • Fish Catch Falls
  • Grain Stocks Decline

Agriculture Resource Trends

  • Grainland Shrinks
  • Irrigation Expansion Slowing
  • Fertilizer Use Falls

Energy Trends

  • Oil Production Falls
  • Natural Gas Production Climbs
  • Nuclear Power at Standstill
  • Wind Power Soars
  • Solar Cell Production Expanding
  • Energy Efficiency Falls

Atmospheric Trends

  • Global Temperature Rises
  • Carbon Emissions Steady
  • CFC Production Falling Fast

Economic Trends

  • Economy Contracts Slightly
  • Third World Debt Persists
  • Automobile Production Drops
  • Bicycle Production Outpaces Autos

Social Trends

  • Population Growth Sets Record
  • Infant Mortality Declining
  • Cigarette Smoking Losing Favor

Military Trends

  • Military Expenditures Falling
  • Nuclear Arsenal Shrinking

PART TWO: Special Features


Environmental Features

  • Birds Fast Disappearing
  • Forests Shrinking at Record Rate
  • U.S. Soil Erosion Cut
  • Nuclear Waste Accumulating

Economic Features

  • Arms Trade Exceeds Grain
  • Wheat/Oil Exchange Rate Shifts

Social Features

  • Income Distribution Worsening
  • Maternal Mortality Takes a Heavy Toll
  • Coerced Motherhood Increasing