Continuing a line of previous posts on terrific eco-stats coming from David Suzuki’s Green Guide (on energy, food, ecopsychology, and travel), here is a summary of eco-stats that don’t fit into any particular category, but may be of marketing use for green businesses.
American and Canadian industries release 132 million pounds of known or suspected carcinogens yearlly.
In addition, 110 million pounds of chemicals known to cause developmental and/or reproductive changes are released annually.
1/3 of children’s illnesses and injuries in Europe are resulting from environmental factors.
Indoor air pollution kills 2 million people annually. Water quality kills an equal amount.
Exposure to lead causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each year and harms development of 1/3 of world’s children.
Exposure to pesticides and toxics kills 355,000 people annually. This equates to 15,000 per day, most of whom are children.
11 of the last 12 years were hottest on record (over 1,000 years of records).
Oceans are warming detectably at 3,000 meters depth.
Climate change already causes 150,000 deaths and 5,000,000 illnesses annually.
Scott Cooney is the author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and hopes that someday, the green economy will simply be referred to as…the economy.