Vital Signs 2001

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The global trends documented in Vital Signs 2001—from the rapid increase in the use of wind power to the continued warming of the planet—will play a large role in determining the quality of our lives and our children's lives in this new century.
Among the findings in the 1997 edition:
• Although AIDS has grabbed the headlines in recent years, malaria remains one of the world's deadliest diseases, killing at least a million people a year.
• Of the 1,233 new drugs that reached the market between 1975 and 1997, only 13 products were designed to combat tropical diseases, which are some of the world's biggest killers.
• The United States, long the leader in milk production, was eclipsed by India in milk output in 1997.
• At $11.2 billion in exports, coffee is second only to oil in the developing world's export commodities.