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The global economy grew at 4.49 percent in 2013, and the gross world product reached $87 trillion. For the fourth year in a row, the growth rate was slower than during the preceding year.
Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting a renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, which account for roughly two thirds of world electricity production.
According to the International Union of Railways, passenger and freight trains globally traveled 12.7 billion kilometers in 2013, up from 9.7 billion in 2001. This increased use of rail entails environmental and social benefits—but also some risks.