Been away for too long.   I thought I might share some interesting statistics compiled by Bloomberg:


Today’s sustainability indicator, 4,500 tons, is the cargo capacity of a hybrid wind-powered shipping vessel under development by Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. The last age of sail ended 150 years ago, when steamships supplanted sailboats.

And there’s more…

  • 5 years: life expectancy lost to air pollution from coal burning in northern China.
  • 2.5 billion years: total lost to coal for the 500 million Chinese north of the Huai River.
  • 40%: anticipated growth of worldwide renewables in the next five years.
  • 8%: total electric generation capacity supplied by renewables by 2018.
  • $29 billion: cost of a European proposal to increase automobile efficiency.
  • $74 billion: amount that fuel bills would fall under the plan.
  • 757,969: U.S. marijuana arrests in 2011.
  • 534,704: all violent-crime arrests combined for the same period.
  • 6 tons: CO2 generated by 3 round-trip flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco.
  • 6.6 tons: C02 generated by an entire year of electricity in the average U.S. household.
  • 4: times you could fill the New Orleans Superdome with gas wasted in U.S. traffic jams.
  • 40 percent: proxy resolutions last year pertaining to environmental and social concerns.
  • 11%: global decline in clean energy investment last year amid falling subsidies.
  • 32%: decline in U.S. clean-energy investments last year amid falling subsidies.
  • 20%: rise in Chinese clean-energy investments during the same period.
  • 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour: wind-energy tax credit quietly extended in the fiscal-cliff deal.
  • 59 percent: decline in wind installations last year amid uncertainty about the extension.
  • 17: health ranking of the U.S. among 17 wealthy countries in a study of health outcomes.
  • $2.7 trillion: U.S. annual spending on healthcare — more than any other nation.
  • 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit: average temperature for contiguous U.S. in 2012, a record.
  • 511,000 ounces: estimated 2013 shortfall in palladium amid record carmaker demand.
  • 48 million: Americans who get sick each year from contaminated foods.
  • 0.4 percent: food importers checked annually by FDA inspectors.
  • 43%: women in India who marry before their 18th birthday.
  • 74%: Americans who acknowledge “global warming is affecting weather” in the U.S.
  • 210: current measure of the UN’s World Food Price Index.
  • 210: the price threshold associated with a sharp rise in social unrest and food riots.
  • 50 percent: transport fuels replaceable by converting 17.5% of farm waste to biofuel.
  • 1.32 million square miles: current Arctic sea ice, the least in 33 years of satellite records.
  • 18 percent: decrease from the previous record-low Arctic ice, recorded in 2007.
  • 330: consecutive months that world temperatures have topped the 20th century average.
  • 626 million: people in India who still defecate in the open, contributing to superbugs.
  • 251 million: people who gained improved sanitation in the country from 1990 to 2010.
  • 67%: return from a portfolio of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index since 2006.
  • 31%: return of the Leadership Index’s Global 500 peers during the same period.
  • 1,079: jobs created by the average U.S. wind farm.
  • 59%: proportion of emissions-reductions efforts that pay for themselves in 3 years.
  • $10 billion: annual savings on U.S. electric bills from new lightbulb standards.
  • 30: large power plants it takes to produce electricity equivalent to the lightbulb savings.

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Very interesting stuff. This information could lead to good policy decisions by government and good business decisions in the private sector.

We can’t build a toilet for every Indian, but we can build more sustainable energy installations that create more jobs. We can put less folks in jail for weed.  We can make fuel expenditures go down, helping the average household.

We should start by making these campaign issues and then holding the corporate flunkies to them.  One step at a time will bring us change.

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