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.

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