Only 1 Percent of the Earth's Oceans Are Environmentally Protected

How the majority of life on Earth lives under the sea, and 22 other facts about our world today.
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Money spent by soda companies to oppose 2014 soda tax initiative in Berkeley: $2.4 million

Money spent by proponents of soda tax initiative in Berkeley: $0.9 million (1)

“NO” votes on soda tax initiative: 9,243

“YES” votes on soda tax initiative: 29,540 (2)


Number of states with a renewable energy goal: 37

Average renewable energy goal among these states (excluding Hawai‘i): 20%

Renewable energy goal of Hawai‘i: 100% (3)


Number of unionized public school teachers and staff laid off within two weeks of Hurricane Katrina: 7,500 (4)

Percentage of New Orleans schoolteachers who were black, 2004–2005: 71

Percentage of New Orleans schoolteachers who were black, 2013–2014: 49 (5)


Number of Internet users in the world, 2000: 400 million

Percentage of Internet users living in so-called developing countries, 2000: 25

Number of Internet users in the world, 2015: 3.2 billion

Percentage of Internet users living in so-called developing countries, 2015: 68.8 (6)


Average art museum revenue earned from admission fees per visitor: $3.70 (7)

Average art museum expenses per visitor: $53.17

Percentage of U.S. museums with free admission or a suggested donation, 2012: 37 (8)


Percentage of Earth’s land area that is environmentally protected: 12

Percentage of Earth’s oceans and adjacent seas that is environmentally protected: 1

Estimated percentage of all life on Earth found under the ocean surface: 50 to 80 (9)


Percentage change in non-musical play attendance for U.S. adults, 2008–2012: 11.7

Percentage change in number of U.S. adults who read at least one work of poetry, 2008–2012: 19.3

Percentage change in movie theater attendance for U.S. adults, 2008–2012: +11.4 (10)


1. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2015. 2. ballotpedia.org  3. DSIRE (N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center), 2015. 4. The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University, 2007. 5. Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, 2015. 6. International Telecommunication Union, 2015. 7. Association of Art Museum Directors, 2014. 8. American Alliance of Museums, 2013.  9. UNESCO, Blueprint for the Future We Want, 2015. 10. National Endowment for the Arts, 2012.