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Washington, DC—What if President Reagan had it wrong when he said, “Government isn’t the solution to our problems; government is the problem”? James Gustave Speth looks at this question and argues that business needs government action on climate change issues: “If business and governments don’t get their act together soon on global warming, the extraordinary economic machine we have created is going to wreak such havoc on the Earth’s systems, both natural and social, that today’s disruptions by terrorists will look like child’s play.”
Vital Signs 2005 examines the state of the planet's health, documenting trends ranging from steel production to global climate change. Worldwide, individuals and institutions wield a powerful influence over these trends, as appetites for meat, energy, cars, and other goods continue to surge.
VITAL FACTS - Selected facts and story ideas from Vital Signs 2005
Washington, D.C.— China has emerged as a global force that is driving consumption and production of almost everything through the roof, according to Vital Signs 2005, the latest publication from the Washington D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute. Growth in China helped boost incomes in many nations in 2004, but also drove up consumption of natural resources, increased the prices of raw materials, and pushed up pollution levels.
Washington, DC—World trade in steel expanded sharply in 2004, influenced in large part by growth in the Chinese construction and manufacturing sectors, according to Vital Signs 2005, a Worldwatch Institute report published today.
Washington, DC—World use of oil—the dominant fossil fuel—surged by 3.4 percent in 2004, to 82.4 million barrels per day. This represents the fastest rate of increase in 16 years, according to Vital Signs 2005, a Worldwatch Institute report published today.
Vital Signs 2005 Spokespeople
A quote from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai provided a visual backdrop for the April 27 launch of State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security
in Berlin: “If we did a better job of managing our resources more sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. Protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace.”