by Gwen Vanhee
Realtime Energy Grid Load NYC - Integrated Realtime Actual Load
"Peter Gleick, scientist and freshwater expert, talks about his latest book :
Bottled and Sold : The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.
In 1976, the average American consumed a gallon and a half of bottled water each year. By 2008, the number had grown to about 30 gallons of bottled water per person in the U.S. That amount, says Peter Gleick, "equals about 115 liters of water each year, most of it from single-serving plastic containers."Gleick, a freshwater expert, is the author of Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water. In the book, he examines how drinking water was commodified and branded over the past 30 years, turning what was once a free natural resource into a multibillion-dollar global industry — while raising questions about the taste and safety of drinking tap water."
This map shows Coffee consumption in kilograms, consumed annually by each person in a given country or region.
Current World Total Coffee Consumption: 1.3 Kilograms per person per year (7,358,897 metric tons)
World consumption continued on an upward trend despite the economic downturn and was estimated at around 130 million bags (1 bag = 60 kilogram) in coffee year 2008/09 compared to 127.2 million bags in 2007/08.