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Vital Signs. Volume 20, The trends that are shaping our future / the Worldwatch Institute ; Michael Renner, project director ; Linda Starke, editor.

By: Worldwatch InstituteContributor(s): Renner, Michael, 1957- [project director.] | Starke, Linda [editor.]Material type: TextTextSeries: Vital signs ; 20.Publication details: Washington, D.C. : Island Press, ©2013. Description: 1 online resource : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781610914574; 1610914570; 9781306700436; 1306700434Other title: Trends that are shaping our futureSubject(s): Sustainable development | Economic forecasting | Social prediction | Environmental indicators | Social indicators | Economic indicators | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Environmental Policy | SCIENCE -- Environmental Science | Sciences de la terre | Environnement | Economic forecasting | Economic indicators | Environmental indicators | Social indicators | Social prediction | Sustainable development | klimaatverandering | climatic change | transport | duurzame ontwikkeling | sustainable development | landbouw | agriculture | milieu | environment | natuurrampen | natural disasters | sociale wetenschappen | social sciences | Environmental Sciences (General) | Milieuwetenschappen (algemeen)Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Vital signs 2013 : Volume 20.DDC classification: 363.7/063 LOC classification: HC79.E5Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Energy and Transportation Trends. Growth in Global Oil Market Slows / Shakuntala Makhijani -- Global Coal and Natural Gas Consumption Continue to Grow / Matt Lucky and Reese Rogers -- China Drives Global Wind Growth / Mark Konold and Samantha Bresler -- Hydropower and Geothermal Growth Slows / Evan Musolino -- Smart Grid and Energy Storage Installations Rising / Reese Rogers -- Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy Subsidies on the Rise / Alexander Ochs, Eric Anderson and Reese Rogers -- Continued Growth in Renewable Energy Investments / Evan Musolino and Xing Fu-Bertaux -- Auto Production Roars to New Records / Michael Renner -- Environment and Climate Trends. Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Concentrations on the Rise as Kyoto Era Fades / Xing Fu-Bertaux -- Carbon Capture and Storage Experiences Limited Growth in 2011 / Matt Lucky -- Food and Agriculture Trends. Global Grain Production at Record High Despite Extreme Climatic Events / Danielle Nierenberg and Katie Spoden -- Disease and Drought Curb Meat Production and Consumption / Laura Reynolds and Danielle Nierenberg -- Farm Animal Populations Continue to Grow / Danielle Nierenberg and Laura Reynolds -- Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood / Katie Spoden and Danielle Nierenberg -- Area Equipped for Irrigation at Record Levels, But Expansion Slows / Judith Renner -- Organic Agriculture Contributes to Sustainable Food Security / Catherine Ward and Laura Reynolds -- Investing in Women Farmers / Seyyada A. Burney and Danielle Nierenberg -- Foreign Investment in Agricultural Land Down from 2009 Peak / Cameron Scherer -- Global Economy and Resources Trends. Wage Gap Widens as Wages Fail to Keep Pace with Productivity / Michael Renner -- Metals Production Recovers / Gary Gardner -- Municipal Solid Waste Growing / Gary Gardner -- Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011 / Petra Löw -- The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity / Supriya Kumar -- Advertising Spending Continues Gradual Rebound, Driven by Growth in Internet Media / Shakuntala Makhijani -- Population and Society Trends. Emerging Co-operatives / Gary Gardner -- Climate Change Migration Often Short-Distance and Circular / Lori Hunter -- Urbanizing the Developing World / Grant Potter -- U.N. Funding Increases, But Falls Short of Global Tasks / Michael Renner and James Paul.
Summary: From meat consumption to automobile production to hydropower, Vital Signs, Volume 20 documents over two dozen trends that are shaping our future in concise analyses and clear tables and graphs. The twentieth volume of the Worldwatch Institute series demonstrates that while remarkable progress has been made over the past year, much remains to be done to get the planet on a more sustainable track. Worldwide, people are waking up to the realities of a resource-constrained planet: investments and subsidies for renewable energy have reached new heights, consumers are slowly shifting away from meat-heavy diets, and new employment structures like co-operatives are democratizing the global economy. Yet with over 1 billion people lacking access to electricity, natural disasters that are more costly than ever before, and an adherence to the factory farm model of food production, it is clear that many obstacles loom on the horizon. Covering a wide range of environmental, economic, and social themes, Vital Signs, Volume 20 is the go-to source for straightforward data and analyses on the latest issues facing an increasingly crowded planet. By placing each trend within a global framework, Vital Signs, Volume 20 identifies the solutions we need to transition toward a more sustainable world. This book will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, and students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics.
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Energy and Transportation Trends. Growth in Global Oil Market Slows / Shakuntala Makhijani -- Global Coal and Natural Gas Consumption Continue to Grow / Matt Lucky and Reese Rogers -- China Drives Global Wind Growth / Mark Konold and Samantha Bresler -- Hydropower and Geothermal Growth Slows / Evan Musolino -- Smart Grid and Energy Storage Installations Rising / Reese Rogers -- Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy Subsidies on the Rise / Alexander Ochs, Eric Anderson and Reese Rogers -- Continued Growth in Renewable Energy Investments / Evan Musolino and Xing Fu-Bertaux -- Auto Production Roars to New Records / Michael Renner -- Environment and Climate Trends. Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Concentrations on the Rise as Kyoto Era Fades / Xing Fu-Bertaux -- Carbon Capture and Storage Experiences Limited Growth in 2011 / Matt Lucky -- Food and Agriculture Trends. Global Grain Production at Record High Despite Extreme Climatic Events / Danielle Nierenberg and Katie Spoden -- Disease and Drought Curb Meat Production and Consumption / Laura Reynolds and Danielle Nierenberg -- Farm Animal Populations Continue to Grow / Danielle Nierenberg and Laura Reynolds -- Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood / Katie Spoden and Danielle Nierenberg -- Area Equipped for Irrigation at Record Levels, But Expansion Slows / Judith Renner -- Organic Agriculture Contributes to Sustainable Food Security / Catherine Ward and Laura Reynolds -- Investing in Women Farmers / Seyyada A. Burney and Danielle Nierenberg -- Foreign Investment in Agricultural Land Down from 2009 Peak / Cameron Scherer -- Global Economy and Resources Trends. Wage Gap Widens as Wages Fail to Keep Pace with Productivity / Michael Renner -- Metals Production Recovers / Gary Gardner -- Municipal Solid Waste Growing / Gary Gardner -- Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011 / Petra Löw -- The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity / Supriya Kumar -- Advertising Spending Continues Gradual Rebound, Driven by Growth in Internet Media / Shakuntala Makhijani -- Population and Society Trends. Emerging Co-operatives / Gary Gardner -- Climate Change Migration Often Short-Distance and Circular / Lori Hunter -- Urbanizing the Developing World / Grant Potter -- U.N. Funding Increases, But Falls Short of Global Tasks / Michael Renner and James Paul.

From meat consumption to automobile production to hydropower, Vital Signs, Volume 20 documents over two dozen trends that are shaping our future in concise analyses and clear tables and graphs. The twentieth volume of the Worldwatch Institute series demonstrates that while remarkable progress has been made over the past year, much remains to be done to get the planet on a more sustainable track. Worldwide, people are waking up to the realities of a resource-constrained planet: investments and subsidies for renewable energy have reached new heights, consumers are slowly shifting away from meat-heavy diets, and new employment structures like co-operatives are democratizing the global economy. Yet with over 1 billion people lacking access to electricity, natural disasters that are more costly than ever before, and an adherence to the factory farm model of food production, it is clear that many obstacles loom on the horizon. Covering a wide range of environmental, economic, and social themes, Vital Signs, Volume 20 is the go-to source for straightforward data and analyses on the latest issues facing an increasingly crowded planet. By placing each trend within a global framework, Vital Signs, Volume 20 identifies the solutions we need to transition toward a more sustainable world. This book will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, and students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics.

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