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Natural medicines banned or limited as poisons by the German government: 600

Average number of sexual partners during life of average man in Netherlands, France and US: 13

During life of average woman in Netherlands, France and US: 2-5

Trees cut down per second worldwide to make fluffy liners in throwaway nappies: 31

Number of throwaway nappies used in life of typical 2 1/2-year-old child: 7,000

Miles nose-to-tail road tankers would stretch loaded with fuel burned in the upper atmosphere by British Airways flights each year: 1,348

Factor by which air travel's contribution to global warming is greater than that of cars: 8

Toothbrushes that would be discarded in the US each year if dentists' advice to change them every three months were followed: 1,000,000,000

Tonnage of main ozone-layer-wrecking chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) produced worldwide in 1985: 1,529,000

Average years taken for CFCs to reach Earth's protective ozone layer: 15

Percentage of European industrial investment in greening which is in 'end-of-pipe' clean-up: 80

Percentage which is in manufacturing redesign: 20

Number of lobbyists in Washington DC who work on behalf of defence contractors: 265

On behalf of the peace movement: 21

Sources: Ideas for Tomorrow Today; ibid; ibid; Earthkeeper, Canada's Environmental Magazine; ibid; RM / British Airways (3.56m tons); Ideas for Tomorrow Today; The Natural Choice; Meadows, Meadows & Randers / Beyond the Limits; In Context; Ken Geiser, cited in Beyond the Limits; ibid; In Context; ibid

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