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50 Facts

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Below are those fifty facts and some of my notes from the book: 1.

The average Japanese women can expect to live to be 84. The average Botswanan will reach just 39. During the Roman Empire, life expectancy was just 22 years; 1500 years later, it reached 33; now, Japense have the highest life expectancy that is predicted to increase. In Central and South Africa, though, US Census Bureau predicts a drop in life expectancy in 51 countries ... primarly because of the HIV/Aids pandemic. [ more ] 2. A third of the world's obese people live in the developing world. Obesity related conditions cost the US $118 billion in the 1990s, more than double the $47 billion attributable to smoking. The type of diet we intake is cited as the chief cause. 3. The US and Britain have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developing world. For every 1,000 American women aged between fifteen and nineteen, there was 52.1 births, compared with 2.9 in Korea and 4.6 in Japan. UNICEF indicates that a key factor in reducing teen pregnancies is equipping young people to make informed choices. 4. China has 44 million missing women. For every 100 baby girls born in China in 2000, there were 116.8 baby boys. In China and India, sex-selective abortions are illegal but still common. China's 'one child' policy has meant that many births go unreported; these unregistered children won't be able to, for example, go to school or receive state-funded healthcare. 5. Brazil has more Avon ladies than members of its armed services. 450,000 personnel on active service, and 700,000 revendadoras (a.k.a. Avon ladies). Global beauty market is $95 billion and growing 7% every year. Avon's own reserach shows that 90% of Brazilian women considered beauty products to be a necessity, not a luxury. [ more ] 6. Eighty-one percent of the world's executions in 2002 took place

as it turns out.50 per day. In China. [ more ] . Saudi Arabia. [ more ] 7. The problem? Such information is then sold. [ more ] 10.000 homosexuals have been executed.in just three countries: China. Of course.7% of their income and poor countries promised political reforms for accountable implementation. or used against you in court or taken by the government without your permission. British supermarkets know more about their consumers than the British government does. At least four times between 2000 and 2003. the Chechen Republic. For less than 1% of the income of the wealthiest countries each year. As it turns out. In nine countries. Pakistan. rich countries pledged 0. gather sophisticated information about your spending patterns. Iran. Since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. aimed to save you some bucks at the grocery counter. Poverty. rich didn't follow through on pledges and poor are plagued with corruption. government costs are passed onto the consumers in terms of milk and beef prices. Nine countries include Mauritania. more than 4. is completely avoidable. same-sex relationships are illegal. 8. Through the 1990s. and prisoners are often paraded through the streets on their way to their final destination. In more than 70 countries. That's more than what 75 per cent of Africans have to live on. Gallup poll in 2003 showed that 74 percent of Americans support capital punishment for those convicted of murder. Iran and the USA. Afghanistan. World Bank reports than Japense cows get $7. Loyalty cards. Every cow in the European Union is subsidised by $2. Sudan. the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. 9. the penalty is death. One in five of the world's people live on less than a $1/day. there was a 7% improvement in poverty. most executions take place after rallies in front of massive crowds. the worst effects of poverty can be greatly diminished.50 a day.

That's one every 43 minutes. It seems that massive economic and social upheavel in the post-Soviet era have left men demoralized. In 2001.246 women killed by an intimate partner in 2000.2 million Americans had some form of plastic surgery. 171 million work in hazardous conditions. Worldwide market in flavourings is worth $3. There are 44 million child labourers in India. that number is 1. Food additives are chemicals meant to keep our food fresh longer to prevent frequent trips to the market and reduces our time in the kitchen via 'convenience' foods. [ more ] 13. the UN Labour Organization estimates 246 million child labourers aged between five and seventeen. taste nicer and last longer. In 2000. People killed and maimed by landmines are largely powerless and the countries most heavily mined are among the world's poorest. [ more ] 12. more than 100 million remnants of conflicts past and present lie quietly in the ground.4 million are involved in what ILO calls 'the unconditional worst forms of child labour. People in industrialised countries eat between six and seven kilograms of food additives every year. The number of prodecures has more than doubled since 1997. the food industry spends around $20 billion on making our food look prettier. Worldwide. All around the world.' 15. Landmines kill or maim at least one person every hour. In more than 60 countries. Artificial . roughly 8. In America. More than 12. In general. Of those. They are said to be popular because they're cheap to install. by contrast.6 billion a year. The industry now even boasts its own TV show -Extreme Makeover.11. women are five to eight times more likely to be assaulted by an intimate partner than men.000 per year.000 women are killed each year in Russia as a result of domestic violence. More than 70% of plastic surgery patients now earn less than $50. landmines litter the earth. waiting for action. 13. [ more ] 14.

Underage drinking costs the US $53 billion a year. Britain's teenagers are also drinking twice as much as they did a decade ago. Seven million American women and 1 million American men suffer from eating disorder. Those smokers consume an average of 50 cigarettes per week. [ more ] 20. a Thai worker is paid $4 a day to make them. 27 million cars led to less than 3650 deaths.sweetners are another profitable sector. 16. Same with the US. safety components like . Most common is anorexia. Top fashion models now weigh 25% less than the average American woman. 67% of road deaths occur every year in developing countries and 67% of those killed are pedestrians. Corporates. all have lobbyists who were paid $1. He earns $78 million a year -. Average Hollywood starlet now wears an American size 2 dress on the red carpet -. [ more ] 18. Lobbyists spend their day trying to influence government policy. In 1930. [ more ] 19.000 a day to wear Nike caps. Tigers Woods is paid $55.which has the same measurements as a dress made for a ten-year-old girl. 49% of American 12th graders said they had drunk alcohol in the last 30 days.or $148 every second.000 people employed in the lobbying industry in Washington DC -. Cars kill two people every minute. The golfer Tiger Woods is the world's highest paid sportman. Now. non-governmental organizations.125 for each elected member of Congress. 17. New cars with safety checks. There are 67. whose psychological nature wasn't uncovered till early 20th century. in 1999. people most affected by road accidents are world's poor.55 billion in 2000 to sway politician votes. 71 of that 78 million comes from sponsorships. Nearly half of the British fifteen-year-olds have tried illegal drugs and nearly a quarter are regular cigarette smokers. and special interest groups. a million cars on the Britain roads led to 7300 deaths.

80% of Americans thinks that the government is hiding information on this topic. are all cited as reasons why developed countries aren't as affected. interestingly. That's more than two thirds . 22. Corruption further hurts poor countries because it deters foreign investment. 26. there have been nearly 80. In Britain.airbags or ABS breaks. while 37% of Americans admit to using marijuana. [ more ] More people can identify the golden arches of McDonalds than the Christian cross.a 1999 poll in Britain showed that 61% of British teenagers believed in aliens and UFOs. 21. Survey of 7. Not just the US -. 92% believe in God and 33% attend a place of worship at least once a week. Since 1977.about the same as the world's legal pharmaceutical industry. In America. churches complain consumerism is replacing faith. [ more ] 25. More than 150 countries use torture. A request for 'kitu kidogo' (something small) is common in Kenya. interestingly. Kenyans say its hard to get anything without bribery. well-maintained roads. [ more ] 24. bribery payments make up a third of the average household budget. laws against drinking and driving.000 people in six countries (including the US) showed that the Shell oil logo. the Mercedes badge and the five Olympic rings were recognized far more widely than the Christain cross. less than 20% said they were influenced by religion. In Netherlands. only 16% of the Dutch had done so. 23. marijuana is sold through 'coffee shops' and the amount sold to each customer is regulated by police. A third of Americans believe aliens have landed on Earth. The world's trade in illegal drugs is estimated to be worth around $400 billion -. have only been widely reported in the last 50 years -a mere blip in a planetary history that spans 4 billion years. UFO visits. About 200 million around the world abuse drugs. In Kenya.000 acts of violence or disruption at abortion clinics in North America.

Black men born in the US today stand a one in three chance of going to jail. a conflict often referred to as 'Africa's world war' claimed more than 3 million lives between 1998 and 2002 -. the number of people behind bars hit 2 million and the US overtook Russia as the world's largest prison population. In June 2002. Black people make up 12.some 800 million people -. Oil's biggest role is power generation. hispanics are 1 in 6. up from one in 53 in 1974. In 2002. [ more ] 28. 30 countries around the world were fighting in 37 armed conflicts -. Healthy diet requires 2. 30. [ more ] 27.8 million each year. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen says it's because poor people have no money to secure a constant food supply. The world's oil reserves could be exhausted by 2040. natural gas or petroleum. yet punishment for drunk-driving is a misdemeanour (punished by fines) while posession of drugs gets upto 5 years in jail. One in every 37 Americans has spent time in jail. an American consumes 3. one in five of the world's population -. but British .000 to keep a prisoner in jail for a year. drunk drivers kill 22. Most electricity in the developed world is generated using coal.29 billion people.500 calories a day. blacks are 1 in 3.000 people. Every day. Drunk driving is the most frequent category of arrests in America with 1. In Congo. For children born in 2001.either as a direct result of fighting or through disease and malnutrition. a white male has 1 in 17 chance of going to jail.of all the countries. this is not caused by food shortages.9% of the US population. The world produces enough food each year to feed all its inhabitants. 29. for example.go hungry. Sentencing project also reports that 70% of those sentenced in state prisons were convicted of non-violent crimes. Incredibly.500.a combined population of 2. and no resources to grow their own food. of whom drug offendors were 57%. A third of the world's population is at war.600 calories a day while a Somalian gets 1. It costs the US $30.

for example. More than 70 per cent of the world's population have never a dial tone. In 1955. In the US. has said that by 2010. now. today it's 25%. at least 10% of its energy needs to come from renewable sources like water. 20-25% of all advertising is now tabacco related. Women and young people in developing countries are the current targets for tobacco companies.6 trillion miles -. 33. more than half of the US population used the Internet and over 600 million users worldwide had access. 26% of Taiwanese had tried smoking. whereas just 12% of households earning less than $15. In Africa. More than 5 million died as a result of these conflicts in the 1990s. Researchers estimate that 800 megabytes of information is produced every year for every person on the planet. within just five years. Eighty-two percent of the world's smokers live in developing countries. automative fuels account for more than half of US oil consumption. in 1999.000 round trips to the Sun. Finland.000 per year had access.000 per year has Internet access. 56% of US men smoked. Americans drove a whopping 2. with a population of 5 million. On the flip side. in Malayasia. 32. 31.government. it's 48% and quickly rising. It is the number one preventable cause of death in the world. WHO reports that tabacco advertising in Cambodia rose 400% during 4 years of the 1990s. Before import of tobacco-based products in 1996. wind and sun. though. less than 1% of the 800 million even had a computer. 60% of South Korean households have broadband Internet. 86% of families earning over $75. Congo had deposits . 500 million people alive today will die of tobacco-related diseases. 1 in 4 people own a radio and 1 in 40 have a telephone. A quarter of the world's armed conflicts of recent years have involved a struggle for natural resources. in 2001. nearly 5 million people die as a result of smoking. In the US.enough for 14. Every year. has more Internet users than the whole of Latin America. the average American spends 46% of their time in accessing that information.

less than 10% is spent on finding soutions for 90% of the world's health problems. the disease may have claimed 280 million lives. till then. A survey in Aids-stricken region of Uganda showed 21% of residents as clinically depressed. 34. In developing countries. fights are over the annual $400 million annual cocaine trades. WHO estimates that about a million people die each year from suicides. Nearly one in three .000 per month from diamonds. Some 30 million people in Africa are HIV-positive.. Every week. but men are more than four times as likely to die. Women are more likely to attempt suicide. More people die each year from suicide than in all world's amred conflicts. [ more ] 36. compared with 1.3% of birds.5% of languages die out.9% of mammals. WHO predicts that depression will be the second largest contributor to the global burden of disease.. and 1. 30. two thirds of them are depressed at the time of their deaths. an average of 88 children are expelled from American schools for bringing a gun to class. By 2020. Professor Steve Sutherland of University of East Anglia calculated that the past 500 years have seen 4. while another survey of a Pakistani village showed 44%. [ more ] 35. it jumped to 1 million. [ more ] 37. President of the rebel group in Rwanda: "We need to maintain the soldeiers. Life expectancy in some sub-saharan countries is currently 30! China refused to acknowledge it's AIDS problem till 2002. Of the $70 billion is spent each year in researching new drugs. Ten languages die out every year. we raise $200. We need to pay for services . There are about 6000 living languages in the world. 90% of fresh water is consumed by agriculture and many predict that water will be a source of much tension in the future." In Colombia. Coltan gives us more: a million dollars a month.of gold.000 was the number of those living with HIV in China but after that. By 2050. diamonds and mineral ore named coltan (used in mobile phones and computers).

Barbaric practice of cutting genitals of girls and women has to be stopped. In a study of 37 school shooting incidents between 1974 and 2000. nearly 200 million are in the homes of Americans. The use of mobile phone and Internet are also being used to make it easy to vote. In 2003. two thirds of the students involved had taken their guns from their own home or that of a relative. Burma is believed to have more child soldiers than any other country with more than one fifth of its 350. There are 300. in close to 33 countries. Most youngsters feel that "voting is not going to change a thing" as politicians keep on playing their games. turned jumped 600% when the Internet voting system was introduced. German government debated a proposal to allow parents to vote on behalf of their 12 years and older children to vote.000 child soldiers fighting conflicts around the world.most commonly found in Africa -fell from 95% in 1995 to 89% in 2002. Nearly 26 million people voted in 2001 British General Election. Surveys indicate the prevalance of FGM -. In 1950. America spends $10 billion on pornography every year -. There are at least 300.the . Children under 18 are fighting in almost regions of the world.American households with children have a gun in them. More than 32 million votes were cast in the first season of Pop Idol. Two million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation each year. younger people are not voting. 40. [ more ] 42.000 national army listed under 18 years of age. [ more ] 41. These are folks who have peacefully expressed their own beliefs and not broken the law in any way. in Democratic primaries in Arizona. 39. Of the 639 million small arms worldwide.000 prisoners of conscience in the world. but the complexity of the problem and secrecy surrounding it call for a very careful approach. 84% of Britons turned out to vote. Death rate from guns in the US is by far the highest in the developed world. 60%. Worldwide. in 2001. 38.

today. America produces enough plastic wrap to cling-film the state of Texas. which accounts for around 80% of hotels' in-room entertainment profits. Libya.000 Internet sites on the topic. at the height of the Cold War. Iraq. British households throw away enough rubbish to fill the Royal Albert Hall.7 trillion on the military over the next six years. the world spent $1.5 million plastic bottles every hour. about $2 billion to fund famine relief and sustainable agriculture programs and about $5 billion to provide a basic education for all. North Korea. That's enough bottles to reach all the way to the moon every three weeks. the world military budget was $794 billion. Sudan. Bonded labor is now the most common form of slavery.5 million US hotel rooms can show adult movies. affecting some 20 million people around the world. In 2002. More than 200 new adult films are produced every week.4 million of that is wrapping paper and shopping bags. [ more ] 43. Average slave in the American South cost $40. Each year. the 90s saw a decline. America's military expenditure is more than 33 times the combined budgets of Cuba. and Syria. and there are over 300. In 2003. Each Christmas.same amount is spends on foreign aid.000 in today's money. In 1985. but post 9/11. the US spent $396 billion on its military. This is 33 times the combined military spending of the seven 'rogue states'. China produces and discards . It would cost $15 billion a year to provide basic primary healthcare to all the world's people. producing goods that we in the Western World use everyday. an additional 5 million tons of rubbish is generated -. 1. the US administration plans to spend $2.2 trillion. There are 27 million slaves in the world today. [ more ] 44. Iran. the trend has reversed. a slave costs an average of just $90. Anti-slavery groups estimate that slaves exist in every continent except Antarctica. [ more ] 45. Americans discard 2. Every hour.

for example. By 2005. a kilogram of California lettuce uses enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb glowing for eight days. To get us off season fruits.5 million Britons now captured on the national DNA database and the British government's decision to press ahead with iris recognition schemes. our food is travelling a long ways. 48. and experts say that the country has 18 years of landfill capacity left. Increasingly.000 kilometers. A kiwi fruit flown from New Zealand to Britain emits five times its own weight in greenhouse gases. we're becoming more and more dependent on the fuel it takes to get them to us.more than 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year and cuts down 25 million trees to do it. have travelled 20. Those kiwi fruits. and the Fresh Kills landfill near New York. in other words. 40% of all road freight is food. In the UK. Some 120. Nearly 4 . 250 million computers will be obsolete and 130 million mobile phones will be discarded every year. either by plane or road. The US owes the United Nations more than a billion dollars in upaid dues. The average urban Briton is caught on camera upto 300 times a day. more than 10 million plastic bags are dumped every day. 127 calories of fuel are used. Nearly 3 million closed circuit TV's are monitoring the UK. 50. For every calorie of lettuce imported to the UK from America. it is possible that we may never be anonymous. [ more ] 46. [ more ] Children living in poverty are three times more likely to suffer a mental illness than children from wealthy families. With an estimated 2. It is now said that there are two man made structures that can be seen from outer-space: the Great Wall of China. In Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. clogging the city's drains. 49. 47. sending images to flickering screens. A landfill closes in the US everyday.000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe every year.

:) Perhaps we need to make a list of 50 mind blowing people who are addressing these issues in innovative ways. That's three times below the poverty line in 1970.live in poverty.one in every three -. That's a lot of bad news.million British children -. .

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