Vital Signs 1997 Table of Contents

PART ONE: Key Indicators


Food Trends

  • World Grain Harvest Sets Record
  • Soybean Harvest Recovers to Near Record
  • Meat Production Growth Slows
  • Global Fish Catch Remains Steady
  • Grain Stocks Up Slightly

Agriculture Resource Trends

  • Fertilizer Use Rising Again
  • Grain Area Jumps Sharply
  • Irrigated Area Up Slightly

Energy Trends

  • Fossil Fuel Use Surges to New High
  • Nuclear Power Inches Up
  • Geothermal Power Rises
  • Wind Power Growth Continues
  • Solar Cell Shipments Keep Rising

Atmospheric Trends

  • Carbon Emissions Set New Record
  • Sulfer and Nitrigen Emissions Unchanged
  • Global Temperature Down Slightly

Economic Trends

  • World Economy Expands Faster
  • Roundwood Production Rises Again
  • Storm Damages Set Record

Transportation Trends

  • Automobile Fleet Expands
  • Bicycle Production Still Rising

Social Trends

  • Population Increase Slows Slightly
  • Refugee Population Has Rare Decline
  • HIV/AIDS Pandemic Broadens Reach

Military Trends

  • U.N. Peacekeping Declines Sharply
  • Armed Forces Continue Demobilization

PART TWO: Special Features


Environmental Features

  • Forest Loss Continues
  • Ecosystem Conversion Spreads
  • Primate Diversity Dwindling Worldwide
  • Ozone Response Accelerates

Economic Features

  • Sustainable Development Threatened
  • Food Aid Falls Sharply
  • R&D Spending Levels Off
  • Agriculture Grows in Cities
  • Gap in Income Distribution Widening
  • Electric Cars Hit the Road
  • Arms Production Falls

Social Features

  • Global Population Growing Older
  • Noncommunicable Diseases Rising
  • Maternal Mortality Remains High
  • Half of Languages Becoming Extinct