By: Kelly Shea, Posted on Friday, December 02, 2011
In 2009, 3.9 billion prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, and an estimated 10 to 40 percent of medicines are not used. With 78 million baby boomers reaching the age when prescription drug use will increase, how will this affect environmental and drinking water?
Since 2000, global coal consumption has grown faster than any other fuel, with the biggest market for coal in Asia. Although China tops the global list for both coal consumption and production, the nation has emerged as the world’s leading builder of clean coal technology.
In many cities, water travels far to reach the tap. Residents of the planet’s driest places rely on extensive waterways to deliver their supply. Click through the interactive infographic below to learn more about 10 cities that pipe water in from distant aquifers, plus additional plans to expand waterway networks even further.
A diagram, by Circle of Blue, illustrating just how little freshwater the world has to work with. If all the world’s water were to fit inside 100 glasses, the supply available to humanity would not fill three quarters of one glass.