World Statistics on the Poor
- 1.3 billion people living today on less than a dollar a day.
- Half the world’s population lives on two dollars a day,
and 800 million people are malnourished in developing countries.
- 1.3 billion people who have no clean water.
- Two billion people have no sanitation.
- Two billion have no electricity.
- Almost 1.5 billion people have dangerous outdoor air pollution,
and probably 2 to 2.5 billion are exposed to dangerous indoor air pollution
or vector (insect)-borne diseases.
Many live in areas of civil strife and are vulnerable to natural disasters.
Statistics given by Dr. Robert T. Watson at Woodstock Theological Forum.
Dr. Robert T. Watson is chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) and the World Bank’s director for environment. Dr. Watson has played a key role in the negotiation of global environment conventions and the evolution of the Global Environmental Facility. He has chaired a number of international scientific assessments, including the International Scientific Assessment of Ozone and the Global Biodiversity Assessment. Previously, he was associate director for environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Clinton administration.