When undertaking research for Our Peaceful Planet, Yasmin noticed how difficult it is to find the statistics which indicate our progress, or lack thereof, in creating peace and sustainability.  She literally spent hours searching the internet and wading through dense reports to find them.  The statistics used in the book are replicated here in the one place, so you have an easy reference guide.  These statistics will be updated regularly, so we can track our progress in creating global peace and sustainability.

Amount as published in Our Peaceful Planet April 2018 update Source
Weapons
World military expenditure $1.7 trillion (2015) no change (2017) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Number of nuclear weapons 15,000 (2015) 14,935 (2017) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Chemical warfare agents 10,000 metric tons approx. (2014) 4,552 metric tons approx. (2017) Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Small arms 875 million (2012) no change (2018)

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs; Small Arms Survey
Exploitation of People
Corruption 114 of 168 countries (2015) 123 of 180 countries (2017) Transparency International
Human trafficking and slavery 21 million people 24.9 million people (2016) International Labour Organisation
152 nationalities in 124 countries (2012) 160 nationalities in 140 countries (2016) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
70% victims are women and girls (2012) 71% victims are women and girls (2016)
33% victims are minors (2012) 28% victims are minors (2016)
53% victims in sexual exploitation (2012) 54% victims in sexual exploitation (2016)
40% victims in forced labour (2012) 38% victims in forced labour (2016)
Drug trafficking $600 billion in profits (2010) $426 – $652 billion in profits (2017)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Global Financial Integrity
250 million users (2014) no change (2017)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
29 million drug dependent (2014) 29.5 million drug dependent (2017)
Climate Change
Carbon Pollution 54 billion tons (2010) 43.2 billion tons (2016) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Global Carbon Project
Fossil fuel subsidies $493 billion (2014) $260 billion (2016) International Energy Agency
Renewable energy 19.2% total global energy consumption (2014) 24.5% total global energy consumption (2016) Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
Consumption
Resource extraction 60 billion tons (2009) 99 billion tons (2017) Worldwatch Institute; International Resource Panel
Human use of natural resources and services 1.6 earths (2016) 1.7 earths (2017) Global Footprint Network
Global population 7.5 billion people (2016) 7.6 billion people (2017) Worldometers
Food production
Deforestation rate 7 million hectares per annum (2010-2015) no further update Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Protected forests 13% of total (2010-2015) no further update
Land degradation 70% of total drylands degrading into desert (2010) 20% of vegetated land is declining in productivity (2017) David Suzuki; UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Topsoil loss 70-100 billion tons per annum (2012) 29.7-40.8 billion tons per annum (2016) Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Fertilizer use 205.8 million tons (2016) Estimated to be >222.3 million tons in 2020 (2017)

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Amount of water that doesn’t reach the crop 60% of total withdrawn (2013) no further update Worldwatch Institute
Commercially viable fish species depleted or overfished 87% of total (2014) no further update Global Ocean Commission
Fisheries subsidies $34 billion (2008) $30 billion (2016) MRAG; Global Ocean Commission
Total fish catch 90 million tons per annum (2016) no further update Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Number of dead zones in the ocean >400 (2008) >500 (2018) Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences; Global Ocean Oxygen Network
Hungry people in the world 795 million (2015) 815 million (2018)

World Food Programme
Amount of food wasted Up to 2 billion tons (2013) no further update Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Amount of food never harvested 1.8 million tons (2013) no further update
Amount of bought food that is thrown out 30-50% of total no further update
Natural world
Animal species threatened with extinction 12,630 (2016) 13,267 (2017) International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Plant species threatened with extinction 11,677 (2016) 12,554 (2017)
Deforestation 14% for timber and paper

6% for firewood (2007)

80% agricultural expansion

no further update United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Timber traded from illegal sources 15-30% (2013) no change (2017) Interpol
Amount of recycled paper 216 million tons per annum or 54% of total paper and paperboard produced (2014) Global figures not publicly available (2018) Worldwatch Institute
Economics
Number of people living below the poverty line in USA 43 million or 13.5% of the national population (2015) 41 million or 12.7% of the national population (2017) United States Census Bureau
Fortune 500 companies using tax havens 365 or 73% (2015) 366 or 73% (2017) Citizens for Tax Justice; Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
CEO to worker pay ratio in Standard and Poor’s 500 Index of companies 335 to 1 (2015) 347 to 1 (2016) American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Value of derivatives market 14 times larger than all the stocks and bonds in the world (2013) no change Al Gore; The Money Project
Poverty 767 million people, or 10.7% of the world’s population, live on less than $1.90 a day (2013) no further update The World Bank

 

All developing countries combined debt $5.4 trillion (2014) $6.9 trillion (2016)
Poorest countries combined debt $1.6 trillion (2016) $2.2 trillion (2016)
Agricultural subsidies $486 billion (2014) $519 billion (2014-2016 annual average) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

Foreign aid $135.2 billion (2014) $145 billion (2016)