March 11, 2010
Friday Factoids: Shanghai 1990-2010
This morning we saw this dual photo of Shanghai posted at Breakthrough Senior Fellow Roger Pielke Jr's blog -- the top shot was taken in 1990, the bottom in 2010. In just twenty years, the difference between the two cityscapes is breathtaking. The post also left us wondering what other drastic societal changes occurred alongside this rapid-fire urban development in Shanghai.
And thus, the inspiration for another round of intermittent but purely informational Friday Factoids. As usual, the data speaks for itself:
2010: more than 19,213,200
Percent change in population, 1990 to 2010: 44% increase
Current Standard of Living:
With the rise in residents' living standards, every 100 urban households presently own on average 14 cars, 196 air conditioners, 223 mobile phones and 123 PCs, and every 100 rural households own 190 color TVs, 93 washing machines, 94 showers, 174 mobile phones, 135 air conditioners and 54 PCs.
1990 = ~29 million tons of carbon-equivalent or ~106 metric tons of CO2-equivalent
2010 = ~79 million metric tons of carbon-equivalent or 290 million metric tons of CO2
Percent change in CO2 emissions, 1990 to 2010 = 172% increase