Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Wednesday 21st August
 
One in four motorists admit they use their mobile phone while driving. The survey also named boy racers as the biggest menaces on the roads, followed by school run drivers.

CrimeThe Sentinel – 15th November 2006
 
One in three people would consider buying a property abroad to get on the housing ladder. A survey of 2,300 adults showed that younger people would consider buying a house abroad.

HousingThe Sentinel – 24th November 2006
 
In 2004 there were 40,000 users of heroin, with 744 deaths. 800,000 users of cocaine, with 147 deaths. 650,000 users of amphetamines, with 33 deaths. 3 million users of cannabis with 16 deaths. 800,000 users of ecstasy with 33 deaths. 12.5 million users of tobacco with 114,000 deaths.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Independent – 1st August 2006
 
90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
HealthThe Church of England Newspaper – 1st December 2006
 
Mankind’s seemingly inexhaustible capacity to inflict hardship, suffering, injustice and death upon fellow men, women and children is staggering in its scope. Historians have estimated that up to 170 million people have died at the hands of their own brutal, repressive governments during the 20th century, with the worst culprits being China’s Mao Tse-Tung (up to 50 million) and Russia’s Joseph Stalin (over 20 million).

Disasters/WarNeeded Truth – December 2006
 
Forty two hours a week is roughly the period for which a working person would claim a full time salary. Astonishingly, this is how much time four out of five children under the age of six spend watching TV. This equates to over 91 full days a year!

Young PeopleDirection – November 2006
 
Climate change facts:- The global average surface temperature has increased by 0.7C since the end of the 19th century. Carbon dioxide is 34% higher now than in pre-industrial years, and at its highest level for 420,000 years. Economic losses to natural disasters were five times higher in the 1990s than the 1970s.. It is predicted that by 2050 there could be as many as 150 million environmental refugees, forced to leave their homes by extreme weather, drought and desertification. Global emissions are set to rise by 70% during the lifespan of the Kyoto Agreement.

EnvironmentThe Baptist Times – 23rd November 2006
 
In Africa, AIDS is at pandemic levels. 2005 figures reveal 3.2 million new infections, 2.4 million deaths and 25.8 million victims.

HealthJoy Magazine – December 2006
 
There are 140 prisons in England and Wales with a capacity for 79,900 prisoners. The numbers in prison have risen from 60,000 in 1997 to the full capacity this year.

CrimeEvangelicals Now – December 2006
 
Only 13% of motor vehicle licence holders are aged 25 or younger, yet 29% of motor vehicle drivers killed belonged to this age group. Statistics show that an 18 year old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year old, and one in five new drivers is involved in a crash during their first year on the road. Like young drivers, young passengers are at greater risk. In 2004, 565 care passengers were killed; 318 of them, more than half, were aged 16-29.

Young PeopleThe War Cry – 11th November 2006
 
A survey carried out for Stop Climate Chaos has found that two thirds of the population are concerned about climate change and 40% say policies for dealing with it would influence their vote.

EnvironmentThe War Cry – 4th November 2006
 
Worldwide, 1.2 billion people live below the poverty line and 16,000 children die each day from hunger related causes. The tragedy is closer to home than we think: at the turn of the millennium, just less than 1 in 4 people in the UK were living in poverty.

World IssuesSalvationist – 23rd September 2006
 
Increasing numbers of UK students accept creationist and other God centred explanations of the universe, according to a new survey. Some 19% favoured intelligent design, the theory that some features of life can only be explained through the existence of God. Another 12% of the 1,000 students surveyed accepted creationism the belief that God created life within the last 10,000 years. Almost a third of Christians and 10% of those with no particular religion favoured intelligent design while a third of Muslims and a quarter of Christians held to creationism. Researchers were surprised to find that only 56% favoured evolution theory.

Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now – October 2006
 
The price of a funeral in the UK can now be as much as £3,300 for burial and almost £2,000 for cremation. Since the year 2000, the average cost of a funeral has increased by an average of 61% in the UK.

MoneyThe Universe – 24th September 2006
 
Burma Army offensives have forced thousands of people from their homes. In the last 40 years 150,000 people have crossed the border into Thailand to escape oppression including 20,000 Karen tribespeople in the last year.
Disasters/WarThe Baptist Times – 19th October 2006
 
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