The top ten list you shouldn’t be reading

December 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A new year’s list of travesties:

  1. It costs just 25 cents a day to provide a child with the vitamins and nutrients to grow up healthy, but every hour of every day, 300 children die from malnutrition.
  2. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while the top 40 highest-earning hedge fund managers made a combined $13.2 billion in a single year.
  3. Global military spending exceeds $1.7 trillion per year, 100 times more than annual cancer research spending.
  4. 1.4 billion people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less, while the global video game market is nearly $50 billion.
  5. 1.6 billion people face economic water shortage, while 2 to 4 million gallons of water are used to frack a single well.
  6. Over a million people lose their lives to violence and millions more are injured and maimed every year, yet over 40% of Americans live in a household with a gun, more than the percentage of young adults enrolled in college.
  7. Worldwide, women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined.
  8. The leading cause of death for pregnant women is homicide — and one out of every three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime.
  9. The world’s nations pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels last year, which amounts to 2.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide every second.
  10. Heat records are being shattered every year, but if you were born after April, 1985, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average.

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