Worldwatch Report: World's Vital Signs Failing

But amidst the bad news are signs of hope, especially in energy and transportation, including electric bike sales.

Published: 14-Jul-2006

OTTAWA -- Leafing through Vital Signs 2006-2007, the Worldwatch Institute's annual look at the trends shaping our future, readers might be forgiven for concluding that the world is headed to hell in the proverbial handbasket.

There's plenty in the Washington-based research institute's report, released Wednesday, to support such a gloomy conclusion.

Many global ecosystems are being stressed beyond sustainable limits, slum populations are expanding rapidly, fossil fuel use is still rising, and millions of us are dangerously fat.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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