Statistics

40% of all deaths are caused by pollution. (Cornell University)

By 2030, over 1 billion people will live in China's cities. (McKinsey, Urbanization in China Report)

China will build 50,000 skyscrapers over the next 20 years. (McKinsey, Urbanization in China Report)

China's increase in annual carbon dioxide emissions over the next several years is greater than the entire output of either Great Britain or Germany. ( UC Berkeley/UC San Diego)

70% of all China's energy comes from dirty coal. (Ryan Wiser, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

By 2010, China plans to increase energy productivity by 20%. (CCP’s 11th 5-Year Plan)

By 2010, China plans to decrease CO2 emissions by 10%. (CCP’s 11th 5-Year Plan)

A third of all smog over the West Coast of North America comes from China. (Dr. V. Ramanathan, Journal of Geophysiological Research)

50% of mercury in California comes from China. (The Wall Street Journal)

16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in China. (Worldwatch Institute)

Heating and cooling uses 49% of an average US home’s energy. (Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001)

40% of your home’s energy is lost due to air infiltration through wall sockets, windows and doorways. (The US Department of Energy)

Water heaters use 13% of an average US home’s energy. (Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001)

Lighting uses 10% of an average US home’s energy. (Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001)

In the average US home, 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off, but still plugged in. (GreeNYC)

Your refrigerator uses the most electricity - 5% - of all the appliances in your home. (US Department of Energy)

Clothes washers and dryers use 6% of an average US home’s energy. (Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001)

90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. (US Dept of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

Lighting an office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1000 cups of tea. (The Carbon Trust UK)

Chinese people throw away enough office paper every year to build a wall 4 meters high stretching from Shanghai to Urumqi. (www.liveearth.org)

Every year, the average dustbin contains enough unrealized energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers, or 5,000 hours of television. (www.assurre.org)

Over the next two decades in China, 400 million people are expected to migrate into urban areas -- the equivalent of 2 New York Cities each year for the next 15-20 years. (American Sinotech)

100 people using buses would emit just 1/16 of the pollution of 100 people traveling by cars. (www.liveearth.org)

There are over 660 cities in China. (Xinhua)

Dishwashers 2% of an average US home’s energy. (Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001)

By 2015, roughly half the world’s new-building construction will take place in China. (World Bank, Washington D.C.)

U.S. Commercial Service estimates China’s market for architecture, engineering and construction services is $315 billion. (Ecostructure, May 2007)

One of the most significant challenges in addressing global climate change is reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the use of coal. (Pew Center, Coal and Climate Change Facts)

Consumer electronics use 7% of an average US home’s energy. (Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001)

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