Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A FEW UNCOMFORTABLE ECO FACTS

From Tree Hugger

Some scientists believe that at the current rate of resource depletion, the Earth will become limited to sustaining only about 2 billion humans by the year 2100. Currently there are about 5.9 billion lives on the earth to support, and of these nearly 15 million children die each year of malnutrition and starvation. . .

The assets of the world's three richest men are much more than the combined GNP of every single one of the least developed countries around the globe. . .

Eighty-four percent of the typical waste coming out of a U.S. household (food, yard waste, paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum cans, etc.) is recyclable.

31 countries around the world today face chronic freshwater shortages. In another 20 years, that number will increase to over 50 countries (2.8 billion people). . . .

At its current rate of acquisition, 70 percent of all water systems in Europe and North America may soon be owned by private corporations.

Only about 10 percent of the billions of pounds of pesticide chemicals (some 35,000 different chemicals total) used on produce since the 1940's have been tested for their negative effects on humans.

The United States makes up less than 5 percent of the population on earth, yet we easily consume over 30 percent of its resources. . .

A single quart of motor oil dumped on the ground or in the trash, can contaminate up to two million gallons of fresh water.

A large study has found that up to one half of all plants and animals species on dry land could face extinction by the year 2050 due to global warming. According to the World Resources Institute, 100 species die each day due to tropical deforestation.