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Number of photos in the January/February issue of Coastal Living that showed coastal wildlife (seabirds, crustaceans, turtles, or other fauna)
1
Number of photos in the same issue showing golf courses
61
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Amount of water it would take, per day, to support 4.7 billion people at the UN daily minimum
2.5 billion gallons
Amount of water used, per day, to irrigate the world’s golf courses
2.5 billion gallons
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Number of golf courses in Japan before World War II
23
Number in operation or soon to open in 2004
3,030
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Average amount of pesticides used per acre, per year, on golf courses
18.0 pounds
Average amount of pesticides used, per acre, per year, in agriculture
2.7 pounds
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Amount of water used by 60,000 villagers in Thailand, on average, per day
6,500 cubic meters
Amount of water used by one golf course in Thailand, on average, per day
6,500 cubic meters
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Current area of the wetlands of the Colorado River Delta, which now receives just 0.1 percent of the river water that once flowed through it
150,000 acres
Area that could be covered to a depth of 2 feet with water drawn from the Colorado River by the city of Las Vegas, which uses much of that allotment to water its more than 60 golf courses
150,000 acres
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Sources: Photos: Coastal Living, January/February 2004; Water usage: Chris Reuther, Know Your Environment, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1999; National Golf Foundation; State of the World 2004; Japan: “Japan Golfcourses and Deforestation,” TED Case #282, 2003; Pesticides: “EcoMall: A Greener Golf Course, 2004;” Thailand: U.K. Sports Turf Research Institute; Colorado River: Environmental Defense; Las Vegas: Associated Press.