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    11 Statistics Everyone Should Know

    Worth a read.

    1. Each year, 3.4 million people die from a contaminated water-related illness. That's almost the entire city of Los Angeles.

    2. Twenty-three percent of America is illiterate. Nearly 50% of the least literate Americans live in poverty.

    3. Sixty percent of nursing home residents never have visitors. More than 50% of nursing home residents have no close relatives, and 46% have no living children.

    4. One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes. Each year, thousands of young Indian women are doused with gasoline and burned to death because the groom or his family felt the dowry was inadequate.

    5. Twenty-seven million people are being held in modern-day slavery across the world, including 1 million children who are exploited by the sex trade.

    6. One child dies every 20 seconds from vaccine-preventable diseases.

    7. In the U.S., 6–8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year; 3–4 million are euthanized.

    8. Approximately 1.6 million children will experience homelessness over the course of a year. In any given day, researchers estimate that more than 200,000 children have no place to live.

    9. In the developing world, 42% of girls are not enrolled in school.

    10. The Alps will lose half of their ice by approximately 2040, due to climate change.

    11. Since the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, more than 60 million people have contracted the illness, and over 30 million have died from an HIV-related cause.