Hey everybody! Welcome to our Wednesday post, where we will focus all our attention on important statistics about water. Water is incredibly useful, but overusing it can leave us in a crisis. Not only does it use energy to provide us with water, which can lead to pollution, but because our freshwater supply is so limited, the supply will get smaller and smaller the more we use. There’s a portion of water that, once gone, will never come back. That’s pretty unsettling to think about! So, on with the statistics!
About 90% of all goods traded in the world are carried by sea.
About 60% of the oil we use is transported in tankers, which are huge boats that travel through the oceans.
About 80% of living things and 90% of the Earth’s biomass inhabit the sea.
Only about 5% of the undersea world has been explored.
0.27% of the world’s freshwater reserves are found in depressions, ponds, and lakes. While the number is small, they play a large part in people’s livelihoods, recreational activities, and ecosystems.
The Great Lakes bordering the United States and Canada contain about 20% of the world’s freshwater. It’s the largest group of freshwater sources on the planet.
Another 30% of our freshwater is received from groundwater. The rest is locked up in glaciers.
Freshwater lakes and wetlands, rivers and streams, and soil moisture all make up less than half of 1% of the global freshwater supply.
70% of freshwater on the planet is used for agricultural purposes.
Industrial factories and corporations are responsible for using the most water after agriculture. They use 20% of our freshwater.
2 gallons of water are used to make 1 sheet of paper.
5.5 gallons of water are used to grow 1 potato.
11 gallons of water are used to grow 1 orange.
26 gallons of water are used to make 1 glass of wine.
37 gallons of water are used to make 1 pint of beer.
528 gallons of water are used to make 1 hamburger.
900 gallons of water are used to make 1 cotton T-shirt.
1,750 gallons of water are used to make 1 pair of leather shoes.
7 gallons of water are used to make 1 tiny microchip.
88,000 gallons of water are used to make 1 average passenger car.
Looks like we have some improving to do! Good thing you’re on our team. Thanks for reading our Wednesday post!