Matters of Scale - Can We Make the Leap?
Selected signs of progress in the race for a secure future: A different set of signs could be assembled showing loss of ground. The point of this exhibit is not to show cumulative significance, but only to provoke thought about the possibilities for rapid change of the kind that may be essential to our future survival or wellbeing.
Fossil fuel subsidies in developing and former eastern bloc countries in 1990-91
? in 1995-96
Global average price for wind power in 1981
$2,600 per kilowatt
? in 1998
$800 per kilowatt
Average factory price for solar panel (photovoltaic) modules in 1975
$70 per watt
? in 1997
$4 per watt
World production of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons in 1988 (peak year)
in 1996, excluding illicitly produced (black market) CFCs
U.S. military expenditures (in 1995 dollars) in 1952 (peak year)
World military expenditures in 1984 (peak year)
? in 1996
Sources: Vital Signs 1998 (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1998).