facts & numbers V

The year has changed, 2011 became 2012. What haven’t changed is that I keep facing facts and numbers that surprises, frustrates or amazes me. Some of the numbers listed below…

  • 1 in 7 people lacks access to clean water (World Bank´s fund for the poorest). In Europe this is true for 120 million people (WHO water and sanitation).
  • Turns out that 10 million girls—that’s 25,000 a day—are married before they turn 18. (Nelson Mandela, www.ssireview.org
  • And speaking of wedding… here another kind of number from “another world”: US Americans on average spend $28.000 for weddings. That’s more then twice as much as in 1980 (adjusted for inflation). “Are they also happier ever after?”, Professor Robert Frank asks in this great RSA talk: The Darwin Economy 
  • Third wedding number of the week: in 1960, 45% of 18-24 year olds were married. Fifty years later, in 2010 only 9% of 18-24 year olds were. (Economix blog NYTimes)
  • 1/4 of the sand on the worlds beaches is… plastic (from documentary: Ozeane aus plastik 2/3)
  • Over half of Germany’s renewable energy is owned by citizens and farmers, not utility companies. (Treehugger.com)
Stay tuned for more facts & numbers in the weeks to come!
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