Up to half of all food produced is lost or wasted before or after it reaches consumers.
By 2070, the world’s coral reefs could be gone altogether.
Nearly 80% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse. Globally, 90% of large predatory fish, such as sharks and tuna are gone.
The equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans every single minute. By 2030, it will be two truckloads per minute and by 2050, four.
By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
By 2050, 4 out of 10 people in the world population will live in areas of severe water stress.
The speed of groundwater pollution doubled between 1960 and 2000.
Cotton production requires so much water that it emptied a whole sea (the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan). It has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
We use 5 trillion plastic bags a year That’s about 160,000 bags a second.
According to a 2018 article in Nature Magazine, the Great Pacific Plastic Garbage Patch stretches 1.6 million km2. That’s the size of Iran or over twice the size of Texas .
Mining is considered the world’s Number One Toxic Polluter. Steel production, for example, results in 80 tons of toxic wastewater for each ton of steel produced.
Synthetic chemicals are seriously messing with the human body
More than 250 billion tonnes of chemicals are produced a year. According to OECD projections, the global production of synthetic chemicals will increase a massive six times between 2000 and 2050.
Pollution by endocrine disruptors such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) has distorted the sex-ratio of newborns. Up to two thirds of babies born are girls in the most polluted areas.