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None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid the
 Environmental Cost !

 
 North American coal is up at number three.

Of the top 20 region-sectors ranked by environmental impacts,
none would be profitable if
environmental costs were fully integrated
.
That is - None of the world’s top industrial sectors would be profitable if they were paying their full Environmental Cost.

That amounts to a Global Industrial System built on sleight of hand.
 

The biggest single environmental cost?
Greenhouse gases from coal burning in China.
The fifth biggest? Greenhouse gases from coal burning in North America.
This also shows what a
 WASTE OF MONEY deforestation in South America is.
What’s Driving Deforestation Now?

The top 5 Environmental Impacts globally were:
1. Farming (food grouped)         $1.46 Trillion
2. Coal extraction & power gen. $1.01 Trillion
3. Cattle ranching and farming         $678.4 Billion
4. Petroleum and Natural Gas         $485.4 Billion
5. Water supply                             $433.20 Billion

The total Unpriced Natural Capital consumed by the more than 1,000 “global primary production and primary processing region-sectors”
amounts to $7.3 trillion a year
13 percent of 2009 global GDP.

Second, surprising no one,
coal is the enemy of the human race
.

The majority of
Environmental Capital Costs
are from:

  • greenhouse gas emissions  (38%),
  • water use (25%),
  • land use (24%),
  • air pollution (7%),
  • water pollution (5%),
  • waste (1%).

But the UNEP report makes clear that what’s going on today is more than a few accounting oversights.
The distance between today’s industrial systems and sustainable industrial systems is vast.
What’s needed is not just better accounting but a new global industrial reckoning, a new way of providing for human wellbeing, and fast. A revolution is required.

From a recent report [PDF] done by environmental consultancy Trucost
on behalf of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) program
sponsored by United Nations Environmental Program.
TEEB asked Trucost to tally up the total
“unpriced natural capital” consumed by the world’s top industrial sectors.
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TABLE 5: RANKING OF THE 100 REGION-SECTORS BY EKPIs WITH THE GREATEST IMPACT ACROSS ALL EKPIS

WHEN MEASURED IN MONETARY TERMS.


 

RANK


 

IMPACT


 

SECTOR


 

REGION

NATURAL CAPITAL

COST, US$ BN

REVENUE, US$ BN

IMPACT RATIO

1

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

EASTERN ASIA

361.0

443.1

0.8

2

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

SOUTH AMERICA

312.1

16.6

18.7

3

GHG

IRON AND STEEL MILLS

EASTERN ASIA

216.1

604.7

0.4

4

WATER

WHEAT FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

214.4

31.8

6.7

5

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

NORTHERN AMERICA

201.0

246.7

0.8

6

GHG

CEMENT MANUFACTURING

EASTERN ASIA

139.9

174.0

0.8

7

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

131.4

5.8

22.6

8

WATER

RICE FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

123.7

65.8

1.9

9

AIR POLLUTANTS

COAL POWER GENERATION

NORTHERN AMERICA

113.4

246.7

0.5

10

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

SOUTHERN ASIA

92.0

14.1

6.5

11

WATER

WHEAT FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

89.6

7.4

12.2

12

AIR POLLUTANTS

COAL POWER GENERATION

EASTERN ASIA

88.3

443.1

0.2

13

WATER

RICE FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

82.3

1.2

68.0

14

LAND USE

RICE FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

81.8

65.8

1.2

15

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

WESTERN ASIA

81.7

18.4

4.4

16

LAND USE

FISHING

GLOBAL

80.0

136.0

0.6

17

WATER

CORN FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

79.3

1.7

47.2

18

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

NORTHERN AFRICA

73.7

3.4

21.4

19

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

EASTERN EUROPE

71.6

371.6

0.2

20

WATER

SUGARCANE

SOUTHERN ASIA

63.3

6.0

10.5

21

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

NORTHERN AMERICA

62.6

122.7

0.5

22

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

SOUTHERN ASIA

62.6

76.8

0.8

23

WATER

COTTON FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

58.7

9.7

6.1

24

LAND USE

RICE FARMING

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

55.3

41.0

1.3

25

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

EASTERN EUROPE

47.0

57.7

0.8

26

LAND USE

RICE FARMING

EASTERN ASIA

43.8

91.2

0.5

27

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

EASTERN ASIA

43.0

46.8

0.9

28

WATER

WHEAT FARMING

WESTERN ASIA

42.3

8.8

4.8

29

GHG

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

SOUTH AMERICA

40.6

16.8

2.4

30

WATER

OTHER NON-CITRUS FRUIT FARMING

WESTERN ASIA

40.6

5.7

7.2

31

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

EASTERN ASIA

37.7

10.2

3.7

32

WATER

OTHER NON-CITRUS FRUIT FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

37.0

29.5

1.3

33

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

EASTERN AFRICA

36.6

2.3

15.9

34

WATER

OTHER VEGETABLE FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

35.6

8.8

4.0

35

WATER

OTHER NON-CITRUS FRUIT FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

34.5

7.2

4.8

36

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

SOUTH AMERICA

34.2

58.6

0.6

37

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

EASTERN EUROPE

34.2

67.0

0.5

38

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

NORTHERN AMERICA

33.5

85.0

0.4

39

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

WESTERN EUROPE

32.8

40.2

0.8

40

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

SOUTHERN ASIA

32.4

143.1

0.2

41

WATER

SUGARCANE

NORTHERN AFRICA

32.3

0.8

38.7

42

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

NORTHERN AMERICA

31.7

22.9

1.4


 

43

LAND AND WATER POLLUTANTS


 

RICE FARMING


 

EASTERN ASIA


 

31.3


 

91.2


 

0.3

44

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

WESTERN ASIA

31.0

174.5

0.2

45

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

EASTERN ASIA

29.3

57.4

0.5

46

GHG

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

29.1

5.9

4.9

47

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

CENTRAL ASIA

28.6

1.1

26.2

48

LAND USE

SOYBEAN FARMING

SOUTH AMERICA

26.9

30.8

0.9

49

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

WESTERN ASIA

26.5

52.0

0.5


 

50

LAND AND WATER POLLUTANTS


 

CORN RANCHING AND FARMING


 

NORTHERN AMERICA


 

25.0


 

50.1


 

0.5

51

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

WESTERN AFRICA

24.8

1.6

15.8


 

52

LAND AND WATER POLLUTANTS


 

WHEAT FARMING


 

SOUTHERN ASIA


 

24.6


 

31.8


 

0.8

53

LAND USE

OTHER VEGETABLE FARMING

EASTERN ASIA

24.3

168.6

0.1

54

GHG

WATER SUPPLY

EASTERN ASIA

23.7

46.8

0.5

55

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

SOUTHERN AFRICA

23.6

29.0

0.8

56

GHG

CEMENT MANUFACTURING

SOUTHERN ASIA

23.4

29.1

0.8

57

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

NORTHERN AFRICA

23.4

96.5

0.2

58

LAND USE

MILK (DAIRY) PRODUCTION

SOUTHERN ASIA

23.0

35.4

0.6

59

LAND USE

WHEAT FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

23.0

31.8

0.7

60

LAND USE

WHEAT FARMING

EASTERN EUROPE

22.4

15.2

1.5

61

LAND USE

LOGGING

EASTERN ASIA

21.7

47.7

0.5


 

62

LAND AND WATER POLLUTANTS


 

RICE FARMING


 

SOUTHERN ASIA


 

21.4


 

65.8


 

0.3

63

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

20.9

25.7

0.8

64

LAND USE

PALM OIL

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

20.5

8.7

2.4

65

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

EASTERN ASIA

20.3

53.9

0.4

66

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

SOUTHERN ASIA

20.1

39.3

0.5

67

GHG

WATER SUPPLY

SOUTHERN ASIA

19.6

14.1

1.4

68

GHG

WATER SUPPLY

NORTHERN AMERICA

19.1

85.0

0.2

69

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

18.9

37.0

0.5

70

WATER

WATER SUPPLY

SOUTHERN EUROPE

18.3

19.9

0.9

71

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

SOUTHERN EUROPE

18.0

35.2

0.5

72

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

SOUTHERN EUROPE

17.8

21.9

0.8

73

WATER

OTHER VEGETABLE FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

17.8

32.1

0.6

74

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

NORTHERN AMERICA

17.7

441.9

0.0

75

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

17.7

117.2

0.2


 

76


 

LAND USE


 

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND


 

17.3


 

3.4


 

5.2


 

77

LAND AND WATER POLLUTANTS


 

CORN FARMING


 

EASTERN ASIA


 

17.3


 

39.9


 

0.4

78

LAND USE

CATTLE RANCHING AND FARMING

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

17.1

3.0

5.6

79

WATER

TOMATOES

NORTHERN AFRICA

17.0

3.5

4.9

80

LAND USE

CORN FARMING

EASTERN ASIA

16.8

39.9

0.4

81

GHG

IRON AND STEEL MILLS

NORTHERN AMERICA

16.3

45.7

0.4

82

AIR POLLUTANTS

COAL POWER GENERATION

WESTERN EUROPE

16.1

40.2

0.4

83

LAND USE

CORN FARMING

NORTHERN AMERICA

16.1

50.1

0.3

84

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

16.1

19.7

0.8


 

85

LAND AND WATER POLLUTANTS


 

WHEAT FARMING


 

EASTERN ASIA


 

16.0


 

32.0


 

0.5

86

GHG

IRON AND STEEL MILLS

WESTERN EUROPE

15.5

43.3

0.4

87

GHG

SUGARCANE

SOUTH AMERICA

15.3

19.5

0.8

88

WATER

RICE FARMING

EASTERN ASIA

15.2

91.2

0.2

89

WATER

TREE NUT FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

15.2

4.9

3.1

90

GHG

COAL POWER GENERATION

NORTHERN EUROPE

15.0

18.4

0.8

91

WATER

COTTON FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

14.9

0.5

31.4

92

GHG

IRON AND STEEL MILLS

SOUTHERN ASIA

14.9

41.6

0.4

93

WATER

POTATO FARMING

NORTHERN AFRICA

14.6

3.7

3.9

94

LAND USE

LOGGING

EASTERN EUROPE

14.4

26.3

0.5


 

95


 

WASTE

NUCLEAR ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION


 

NORTHERN AMERICA


 

13.9


 

114.4


 

0.1

96

GHG

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

CENTRAL AMERICA

13.9

29.1

0.5

97

WATER

WHEAT FARMING

EASTERN ASIA

13.8

32.0

0.4

98

LAND USE

DRY PEA AND BEAN FARMING

SOUTHERN ASIA

13.6

4.9

2.8

99

GHG

NATURAL GAS POWER GENERATION

WESTERN EUROPE

13.6

26.6

0.5

100

WATER

ORANGES

NORTHERN AFRICA

13.6

2.1

6.6