According to 50 Facts That Should Change the World , by BBC journalist Jessica Williams:
Global warming kills 150,000 every year.
What a terrible thing to have on your conscience. Environmentalists must be distraught:
A survey of travel habits has revealed that the most environmentally conscious people are also the biggest polluters.
“Green” consumers have some of the biggest carbon footprints because they are still hooked on flying abroad or driving their cars while their adherence to the green cause is mostly limited to small gestures.
Identified as “eco-adopters”, they are most likely to be members of an environmental organisation, buy green products such as detergents, recycle and have a keen interest in green issues.
But the survey of 25,000 people, by the market research company Target Group Index, found that eco-adopters are seven per cent more likely than the general population to take flights, and four per cent more likely to own a car. The survey found similar trends in France and the United States.
One eco-adopter identified by the report: British conservative leader David Cameron, who combines green speechifying with flights in private helicopters and planes.
The Government’s former chief scientific adviser has accused green activists of putting the fight against climate change at risk by wanting to take society back to the 17th century.
Sir David King, who is credited with convincing Tony Blair of the urgency of global warming, told the Guardian newspaper that tackling the problem without using technological solutions – including nuclear power – was hopeless.
He said: “There is a suspicion, and I have that suspicion myself, that a large number of people who label themselves ‘green’ are actually keen to take us back to the 18th or even the 17th century.”