20 % of the people on earth consume more than 80 % of the planet’s resources.
GEO4, UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) 2007
World military expenditure is 12 times higher than aid to development.
SIPRI Yearbook, 2008 (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
OECD, 2008 (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
5,000 persons a day die because of unhealthy water. A billion people do not have access to drinkable water.
UNDP, 2006 (United Nations Development Programme)
A billion people are hungry.
FAO, 2008 (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
More than 50 % of the grain sold in the world is destined to feed livestock and for bio-fuel.
WorldWatch Institute, 2007
40 % of cultivable land has deteriorated.
UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme), ISRIC World Soil Information
Each year, 13 millions hectares of forest disappear.
One mammal in 4, one bird in 8, and one amphibian in 3, is threatened with extinction.
Species are becoming extinct at a rate that is 1,000 times higher than the natural rhythm.
IUCN, 2008 (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
XVI International Botanical Congress, St. Louis, USA, 1999 http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/1999-08/XIBC-Wbbe-020899.php
International Congress: “Biodiversity : science et gouvernance” UNESCO, Paris, France, 2005
Three quarters of the fishing resources are exhausted, in decline, or on the verge of being so.
The average temperatures in the last 15 years have been the highest ever recorded.
The ice field has lost 40 % of its thickness in 40 years.
NSIDC, National Snow and Ice Data Center, 2004
There could be 200 million climatic refugees before 2050.
The Stern Review: the Economics of Climate Change
Part II, Chapter 3, page 77