Random Fact-Checked Stats That Prove We Are Doomed

Posted June 10, 2007 by Jeremiah

These brought to my attention through contacts at the conservation organization where I work, and in no particular order.

Facts & trends to think about in your hammock:

10: Number of hours of sleep Americans averaged per night in 1900
6.9: Number of hours of sleep Americans averaged per night in 2007

55 years: How long between invention of gas automobile and its mass use
35 years: How long between invention of telephone and its mass use
26 years: How long between invention of television and its mass use
13 years: How long between invention of mobile phones and its mass use
7 years: How long between invention of the web and its mass use

1: Number of personal computers in 1950
1 billion: Number of personal computers in 2008
2 billion: Expected number of personal computers in 2015
230 million: Number of personal computers dumped in landfills every year

36%: Percent growth in information stored on paper between 1999 and 2002
300%: Percent growth in information stored on the internet between 1999 and 2002

33%: Percent of world’s arable land used to feed livestock
60%: Percent of world’s meat consumed in developing countries
100%: Percent increase in meat consumption in developing countries by 2030 (20% increase projected in developed countries)

30,000: Number of black bears killed on average by N. Americans annually
1/3: Number of N. Americans killed on average by black bears per year
26: Number of N. Americans killed on average by pet dogs per year
43: Number of grizzly bears killed on Lewis & Clark expedition out of self defense

1.8 million: Deaths each year from unsafe drinking water globally
$10 billion: Amount of additional money needed annually to provide basic water sanitation to people currently lacking clean water
$30 billion: Amount of money spent annually on bottled water
4 miles: Average distance women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water
3 billion: Number of people living in water-stressed countries by 2025
90%: Percent of wastewater in developing countries that is released with no treatment

5,000: Number of tigers in wild in Russia and Asia
5,000-7,000: Number of tigers in captivity in USA

1.1 billion people in developing countries use less than 20 liters of water per person per day
USA population average using 578 liters of water per person per day

11: Cumulative total number of thru-hikes of Appalachian trail as of 1950 (since its opening)
5,583: Cumulative total number of thru-hikes of Appalachian trail as of 2000
9,583: Cumulative total number of thru-hikes of Appalachian trail as of 2007

43: Number of democratic countries in 1977
90: Number of democratic countries in 2007

$100 billion: US trade deficit with China in 2002
$250 billion: US trade deficit with China in 2007

400,000,000,000: UK’s total annual power output in kilowatt hours
334,000,000,000: Growth in China’s annual power output in 2006 in kilowatt hours

2.5 billion: Global population in 1951
6.7 billion: Global population today (18 April 2007)
2.5 billion: Growth in global population expected over next 50 years

42,000,000: Number of cars produced in 2003
105,000,000: Number of bicycles produced in 2003
Emissions from bicycles: ZERO

World annual average growth in energy producing capacity 2002-2004:
Wind energy: +28%
Solar photovoltaic: +32%
Biofuels: +18%
Oil production: +1.6%

Largest illegal trade in the world: Drugs
Second largest illegal trade in the world: Wildlife
Illegal Wildlife Trade’s annual value: $5,000,000,000

Number of elephants in 1900: 10,000,000
Number of elephants in 2006: 500,000

Area of Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Size of New Jersey

9 Times: Factor by which nutrients funneled to world’s coastal marine systems are projected to exceed natural levels in 2050

51: Number of large fishing vessels built in Taiwan between 2001 and 2003
1: Number of these vessels registered in Taiwan
50: Number of these vessels registered in countries where fishing and
environmental laws can be evaded

Jeremiah

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One Response to “Random Fact-Checked Stats That Prove We Are Doomed”

  1. uncommonscolds Says:

    >>1/3: Number of N. Americans killed on average by black bears per year

    Ah! This proves that bears are the leading threat to democracy! Invade Bearland! Now!!

    Cassandra

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