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Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs
Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs: Volume 20’ showcases the planet’s growing demand for food and energy, its shrinking resources, and the implications of these trends.

Globally, sanitation and water access for 227 million people was improved between 2000 and 2010 to the point where these individuals are no longer considered slum dwellers.

Within the agriculture sector, efficient irrigation methods have increased more than six’fold over the last two decades, and organically certified agricultural land has more than tripled since 1999.

About a billion people in 96 countries belong to a co-operative, whether as a worker, consumer, producer or purchaser.

Coal: Global coal production increased by 6941 million tons in 2011, making coal the fastest growing fossil fuel.

Wind power: Global wind power capacity grew by 21 per cent in 2011-  lower than the 2010 rate of 24 per cent.

Automobile production: Passenger car production rose from 60.1 million vehicles in 2010 to 62.6 million vehicles in 2011”to an all time record of 66.1 million vehicles in 2012”

Women farmers: Women farmers produce more than half of all food worldwide and currently account for 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce; yet women own just 2 per cent of global farmland.

Natural disasters: During 2011, a total of 820 natural catastrophes were documented, causing an estimated 27,000 deaths and costing a record $380 billion in economic losses.

Wage growth: Among the global workforce, wage growth has slowed from an average of 3 per cent in 2007 to 2.1 per cent in 2010 and 1.2 per cent in 2011.

Water scarcity: Some 1.2 billion people, almost one fifth of the world, live in area of physical water scarcity.


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