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The idea of these pages is fairly simple - to build up a collection of 'random' facts - not really random, something to do with sustainability or the need for it, or similar related facts. The collection is used to stock today's random fact on our home page. Remember of course to include the source. Within the sections please put most recent edits at the top. See also Category:Articles with random facts

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California Edit

  • According to the California Air Resources Board, about 25,000 dedicated alternative fuel vehicles are in use in California. Source: Wikinews, April 3 2008

Climate adaption Edit

  • 95 per cent of all deaths from disasters over the past 25 years have been in low- and middle-income nations — and very few businesses or households in these nations have insurance to help them recover. Source: International Institute for Environment and Development, November 2007

Climate change adaption UK Edit

Climate change Edit

  • At its lowest point during the 2007 summer melting season, sea ice coverage in the Arctic stood at 1.59 million square miles, compared with the previous low of 2.05 million square miles in 2005. The long-term average between 1979 and 2000 is 2.60 million square miles. Source: National Snow and Ice Data Centre, USA, Greenpeace, September 21 topic, Polar ice packs
  • Of the 33 cities projected to have at least 8 million residents by 2015, at least 21 are coastal cities that will have to contend with sea-level rise from climate change. Source: Worldwatch Institute
  • Collectively the G8 nations, which represent just 13 per cent of the world's population, are responsible for around 43 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. That's climate injustice, because climate change impacts most severely upon the world's poorest people. Source: Friends of the Earth Friends of the Earth, June 7 2007 Friends of the Earth, September 24 2007 topic

Climate change Costa Rica Edit

Climate change UK Edit

Clothing and textiles UK Edit

  • The clothing and textiles sector in the UK alone produces around 3.1 million tonnes of CO2, 2 million tonnes of waste and 70 million tonnes of waste water per year - with 1.5 million tonnes of unwanted clothing ultimately ending up in landfill. Source: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, February 20 2009

Coal UK Edit

  • Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent emits 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every day - the same amount as the 30 least polluting countries in the world combined. Source: Greenpeace, September 10 2008

Commuting UK Edit

  • Government analysis shows that a quarter of carbon emissions comes from commuting journeys, especially long distance. Source: Campaign for Better Transport, July 1 2008

Credit unions Edit

Coasts Edit

Community involvement UK Edit

  • Just 38 per cent of respondents to the Citizenship Survey (April 2007 - March 2008) felt able to influence decisions in their local area whilst only 39 per cent of people were involved in some kind of civic participation such as attending a public meeting, signing a local petition or contacting a local councillor. The findings tally closely with data from this year's local elections which showed average voter turnout at around 40 per cent or less. Source: Communities and Local Government June 26
  • six in ten people do not feel they are given an adequate say on how local council services are run;
  • more than 9 in 10 people believe accountability of councils could be improved;
  • nearly four in 10 people do not feel councillors are representative of their communities and six in 10 do not believe they adequately reflect their views.

Source: Communities and Local Government, March 5 2008

  • 37 per cent of people feel they can influence decisions affecting their local area. 20 per cent feel they could influence decisions affecting Great Britain. Source: 2007 Citizenship Survey, Communities and Local Government. Both measures have fallen since 2001 where they were at 44 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.

Community safety UK Edit

Cycling in London Edit

  • Transport for London has installed 10,000 cycling parking spaces across the capital in the past two years, August 9 2007. Source: GLA, August 9
  • The number of cyclists on London’s major roads has increased by 72 per cent since 2000. Source: Mayor of London, 4-9-2006, Research for Transport for London / London

Cycling UK Edit

Deforestation Edit

Drought in England and Wales Edit

  • In the South East, there is less water per person than in Syria or the Sudan. Source: Defra, 26 April 2007
  • In the Thames river catchment in southern England total rainfall over the last two November-April periods has been the lowest since the 1890s. Source: Defra, The environment in your pocket 2006
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