Vital Signs 1993 Table of Contents

PART ONE: Key Indicators


Food Trends

  • Grain Production Rises
  • Soybean Harvest Set Record
  • Meat Production Up Slightly
  • Fish Catch No Longer Growing
  • Grain Stocks Increase
  • Grain Used for Feed Unchanged

Agriculture Resource Trends

  • Grain Area Unchanged
  • Fertilizer Use Falls Again

Energy Trends

  • Oil Production Steady
  • Wind Generating Capacity Expands
  • Nuclear Power at Virtual Standstill
  • PhotoVoltaic Sales Growth Slows
  • Geothermal Power Gains
  • Coal Use Growth Ends
  • Hydroelectric Power Growth Steady
  • Carbon Efficiency Down Slightly
  • Compact Flourescents Catching On

Atmospheric Trends

  • CFC Production Falling
  • Global Temperature Drops

Economic Trends

  • Global Economy Expands Slowly
  • Trade Continues Steep Rise
  • Steel Production Falls
  • Paper Production Continues Growth
  • World Spending on Ads Skyrockets
  • Third World Debt Rises Slowly

Transportation Trends

  • Bicycle Production Resumes Climb
  • Auto Production Flat
  • Air Travel Growth Resumes

Social Trends

  • Population Growth Sets Another Record
  • Child Mortality Continues to Fall
  • Cigarette Smoking Drops Again
  • Refugees Reach All-Time Record

PART TWO: Special Features


Environmental Features

  • Water Scarcity Spreading
  • Air Pollution Damaging Forests
  • Many Marine Mammal Populations Declining

Economic Features

  • Wheat/Oil Exchange Rate Drops
  • Cigarette Taxes on the Rise
  • U.S. Seafood Prices Have Climbed

Social Features

  • Literacy Gaining Slowly
  • Fertility Rate Decline Stalls

Military Features

  • Nuclear Arsenal Decline on Hold
  • U.N. Peacekeeping Surges