Figure it out – the environmental facts


7,000,000,000 – The number of people who will depend on the ocean for their food in the next 18 years. The current number is 3.5 bn.

21,000,000 – The number of oil barrels released into the oceans each year from street run-off, maritime economy and industrial effluent.

59,000 The amount (in megawatts) of electricity available from windpower installations in 2005.

80 – percentage of the world’s forests destroyed by human activities.

30 – percentage of food products that use environmentally destructive palm-oil branded as “vegetable oil.” This is legal under UK law.

20 – percent, the shrinkage of artic ice sheets since 1980

5.8 degrees centigrade – the predicted rise in average global temperatures by the end of the 21st century.

x3 the increase in anthropogenic CO2 emissions around the world between 1960 and 1992.

0.7 degrees centigrade – the increase in global temperature since the industrial revolution.

Sources: environment agency, and united nations environment programme.