Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Energy and Transportation Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shakuntala Makhijani
      Pages 2-5
    3. Matt Lucky, Reese Rogers
      Pages 6-10
    4. Mark Konold, Samantha Bresler
      Pages 11-14
    5. Evan Musolino
      Pages 15-18
    6. Alexander Ochs, Eric Anderson, Reese Rogers
      Pages 22-24
    7. Evan Musolino, Xing Fu-Bertaux
      Pages 25-28
    8. Michael Renner
      Pages 29-32
  3. Environment and Climate Trends

  4. Food and Agriculture Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Danielle Nierenberg, Katie Spoden
      Pages 46-48
    3. Laura Reynolds, Danielle Nierenberg
      Pages 49-52
    4. Danielle Nierenberg, Laura Reynolds
      Pages 53-56
    5. Katie Spoden, Danielle Nierenberg
      Pages 57-61
    6. Catherine Ward, Laura Reynolds
      Pages 66-68
    7. Seyyada A. Burney, Danielle Nierenberg
      Pages 69-73
  5. Global Economy and Resources Trends

  6. Population and Society Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Gary Gardner
      Pages 106-108
    3. Grant Potter
      Pages 113-116
    4. Michael Renner, James Paul
      Pages 117-119
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 121-150

About this book


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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