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Vital Signs 2005 2006

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134035306
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'VITAL SIGNS does for the environment what stock market indicators do for the City. But it says more about the future of our world than the FTSE ever can ' BBC Wildlife Magazine 'VITAL SIGNS is a sharply focused snapshot of the world Ideal for dipping into it makes fascinating reading ' New Agriculturalist 'The scope of the book is vast ... the presentation is clean and seamless ' Humanitarian Affairs Review 'An enlightening insight into the relationship between the environment and human activity ' Green Futures VITAL SIGNS 20052006 provides up-to-the-minute information on global warming, population growth, military spending, HIV/AIDS, economic equity, the trade in drugs and a whole range of other environmental, developmental, social, political and economic issues. By distilling 25 'vital signs' of our times from thousands of governmental, industrial and scientific sources, this book allows reader s to track key indicators that show our progress in issues that too often escape the attention of the news media, world leader s and economic experts . Each theme is presented in both text and two colour graphics, providing a thorough, well-documented and very accessible over view.

Vital Signs Volume 22

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610916727
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What we make and buy is a major indicator of society’s collective priorities. Among twenty-four key trends, Vital Signs Volume 22 explores significant global patterns in production and consumption. The result is a fascinating snapshot of how we invest our resources and the implications for the world’s well-being. The book examines developments in six main areas: energy, environment and climate, transportation, food and agriculture, global economy and resources, and population and society. Readers will learn how aquaculture is making gains on wild fish catches, where high speed rail is accelerating, why plastic production is on the rise, who is escaping chronic hunger, and who is still suffering. Researchers at the Worldwatch Institute not only provide the most up-to-date statistics, but put them in context. The analysis in Vital Signs teaches us both about our current priorities and how they could be shaped to create a better future.

Vital Signs Volume 21

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610915402
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Vital Signs Volume 21 is all about growth. From natural disasters to cars to organic farming, the two dozen trends examined here indicate both increasing pressure on natural resources and scaled up efforts to live more sustainably. In 2012, world auto production set yet another record with passenger-car production rising to 66.7 million. That same year, the number of natural disasters climbed to 905, roughly one hundred more than the 10-year annual average, and 90 percent were weather related. Alongside these mounting pressures come investments in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. The number of acres of land farmed organically has tripled since 1999, though it still makes up less than 1% of total farmland. Not all the statistics are going up. Key measures of development aid have fallen, as have global commodity prices. Yet the overall trend is expansion, both for the good and ill of the planet. Vital Signs provides the latest data available, but its value goes beyond simple numbers. Through insightful analysis of global trends, it offers a starting point for those seeking solutions to the future’s intensifying challenges.

Animal Oppression And Human Violence

Author: David A. Nibert
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231525516
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Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David A. Nibert reaches a strikingly different conclusion. He finds in the domestication of animals, which he renames "domesecration," a perversion of human ethics, the development of large-scale acts of violence, disastrous patterns of destruction, and growth-curbing epidemics of infectious disease. Nibert centers his study on nomadic pastoralism and the development of commercial ranching, a practice that has been largely controlled by elite groups and expanded with the rise of capitalism. Beginning with the pastoral societies of the Eurasian steppe and continuing through to the exportation of Western, meat-centered eating habits throughout today's world, Nibert connects the domesecration of animals to violence, invasion, extermination, displacement, enslavement, repression, pandemic chronic disease, and hunger. In his view, conquest and subjugation were the results of the need to appropriate land and water to maintain large groups of animals, and the gross amassing of military power has its roots in the economic benefits of the exploitation, exchange, and sale of animals. Deadly zoonotic diseases, Nibert shows, have accompanied violent developments throughout history, laying waste to whole cities, societies, and civilizations. His most powerful insight situates the domesecration of animals as a precondition for the oppression of human populations, particularly indigenous peoples, an injustice impossible to rectify while the material interests of the elite are inextricably linked to the exploitation of animals. Nibert links domesecration to some of the most critical issues facing the world today, including the depletion of fresh water, topsoil, and oil reserves; global warming; and world hunger, and he reviews the U.S. government's military response to the inevitable crises of an overheated, hungry, resource-depleted world. Most animal-advocacy campaigns reinforce current oppressive practices, Nibert argues. Instead, he suggests reforms that challenge the legitimacy of both domesecration and capitalism.

Challenges In Human Rights

Author: Elisabeth Reichert
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231510349
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By using human rights as a guidepost, social workers can help create social welfare policies that better serve societal needs. However, in applying human rights to contemporary situations, social workers often encounter challenges that require thinking outside the box. Bringing together provocative essays from a diverse range of authors, Elisabeth Reichert demonstrates how approaching social work from a human rights perspective can profoundly affect legislation, resource management, and enforcement of policies. Topics include the reconciliation of cultural relativism with universal human rights; the debate over whether human rights truly promote economic and social development or simply allow economically developed societies to exploit underdeveloped countries; the role of gender in the practice of human rights; the tendency to promote political and civil rights over economic and social rights; and the surprising connection between the social work and legal professions.

Where We Stand

Author: Seymour Garte
Publisher: Amacom Books
ISBN: 9780814409107
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"In [this book], noted scientist Seymour Garte proves that on the whole, human beings have worked harder to improve our environment than we can ever imagine. Using scientific evidence and a balanced, middle of the road approach, [he] explodes many of the popular myths about human health and the environment. He provides the facts to show that scientific research, environmental activism, and government regulation have produced steady progress in dealing with pollution, poor health, loss of natural resources, and other negative byproducts of our industrial society. With the compassion and aid of dedicated environmentalists, activists, and politicians, we have actually made incredible progress in areas like public health, AIDS research, poverty, and feeding the hungry."--Jacket.

World Development Indicators 2007

Author: World Bank
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821369593
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The World Development Indicators includes more than 800 indicators for 152 economies; provides definitions, sources, and other information about the data; and organizes the data into six thematic areas.