Environment

Our anthropogenic influence – production, consumption, waste, and associated emissions – is costing us hundreds of billions of dollars in climate disasters every year, and brought us to the precipice of the sixth mass extinction. 

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This is just the tip of the iceberg

  • U.S. weather and climate-related disasters reached $145 billion in 2021, with the top 20 storms costing more than $1 billion each. S&P Global

  • At our current rate of natural resource consumption and environmental destruction, we will need the resources of three Earths by 2050. UN

  • As of 2018, energy was responsible for more than 73% of global GHGs.

    • 32% of that is from electricity and heating alone

    • "greenhouse gas emissions from energy rose to their highest ever level in 2021," with the biggest increase in electricity and heating iea

  • Less than 9% of all plastic, ever produced, has been recycled. C2ES

    • At its increasing rate of production, emissions from plastic will be greater than coal by 2030. Reuters

  • On August 1, 2019, Greenland lost 12.5 billion tons of ice in one day.

    • that summer, Arctic sea ice was 47% smaller than the previous 40-year average.

    • "The 13 smallest summer lows on record for Arctic sea ice have all occurred in the last 13 years." The World Counts

  • Every year, about 1.3 billion metric tons (nearly 3 trillion pounds) of food are wasted. 

    • Food waste from the U.S. and E.U. alone could feed the entire world population three times over...

    • yet there is still so much extreme poverty that 9 million people die from hunger every year. The World Counts

    • Food waste accounts for 6% of global emissions - nearly as much as the entire airline industry. Our World in Data

  • Nearly 80% of fisheries worldwide are depleted - 90% of "large predatory fish, such as sharks, tuna, marlin, and swordfish, are already gone!

    • if the rate of overfishing does not change, studies confirm that seafood will run out by 2048. The World Counts​​

  • Over the past five centuries, 900 hundred species have gone extinct...

    • today, over 35,000 species – a mere fraction of those yet to be evaluated – are threatened with extinction. Our World in Data

  • In the first four months of 2022 alone, there have been nearly 60 trillion and 90 million hours, respectively, of slave and child labor. The World Counts

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