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Numbers and Verbatim


verbatim

Everything on the Antarctic continent was pretty amazing, and amazingly pretty.” — Li Lina, Peking University graduate and member of YOUNGO, the youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“We’re doing this because our future is at stake.” Marcie Smith, co-chair of SustainUS, climate action youth group, presenting a model to encourage delegates at Cancun to move from quarrelling to cooperation.

“Things look pretty bleak for the polar bear, if current trends continue.”Graham Slater, the lead author of a study that found polar bears are likely to lose out to grizzly bears in fierce competition for food as climate change drives the two species closer together into shared habitat.

“In some parts of the island you throw a stone and you actually hit the other side of the island, so there is no inland.”Anote Tong, Kiribati President, about the vulnerability of his low-lying country to a rise in ocean levels.

“Alarm bells have been ringing for decades, and developed nations have been hitting the snooze button by delaying both action on and funding for environmental protection.”Greenpeace, in a statement after the Nagoya Protocol agreement.

“This agreement reaffirms the fundamental need to conserve nature as the very foundation of our economy and our society.”— Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, on the Nagoya Protocol.


numbers

1,000,000
Dollars donated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio toward saving tigers from extinction— Reuters

3,200
Tigers live in the wild, down from 100,000 a century ago — Reuters

800,000,000
Number of homes that could be powered by the winds of the US Atlantic coast— Climate Wire

50
Percentage cut in current extinction rate; the target of the 2010 Nagoya Protocol— New York Times

30
Percentage of illnesses attributed to the environment in the African continent— Angola Press (Luanda)

1 to 10
The targeted percentage increase in area of protected oceans by 2020 under the new Nagoya Protocol — Guardian

2,000,000,000
Dollars pledged by Japan for biodiversity conservation in association with the Nagoya Protocol — Guardian

40,000,000,000
Likely dollar cost of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — Reuters

3,000,000,000
People who could lose access to clean water supplies if global temperatures rise by 4°C — Guardian (UK)