Environment and Society: Where is the Disconnect?


| 9/17/2014 3:19:00 PM


Wind and Solar Energy

Environment and Society: Where is the Disconnect?

From carbon emissions and food prices to green businesses, the Worldwatch Institute's latest publication, Vital Signs, Volume 21 documents more than two dozen trends that are shaping our future. Through concise analyses and clear tables and graphs, the 21st volume of the Worldwatch Institute series demonstrates both increasing pressure on natural resources and scaled-up efforts to live more sustainably, and offers a starting point for those seeking solutions to the future's intensifying challenges.

For anyone hoping to arm themselves with well-researched facts about the state of the world, Vital Signs, Volume 21 is an important resource. Key points – some troubling, some encouraging – about humanity's schizophrenic relationship with energy and the environment come through in the report:

Automobile production: World auto production set yet another record in 2012, with passenger-car production rising to 66.7 million.

Natural disasters: Natural disasters in 2012 climbed to 905, roughly one hundred more than the 10-year annual average, with 90 percent weather-related.



Organic farming: Land farmed organically has tripled since 1999, although it still makes up less than 1 percent of total farmland.



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