The average US citizen eats only 100 more calories a day than they did 50 years ago - London mayor Ken Livingstone has suggested that soaring obesity rates were due to an unexercised, car-bound population.
The automobile industry spends about 30 per cent of its turnover on information technology; the construction industry spends just 0.1 per cent of turnover on IT.
Buses travel at an average speed of less than 10mph in London.
About 25 per cent of the cost of building products and services is generated by unnecessary paperwork.
Six inner London local authorities say cemetery plots will run out in five years' time.
In 1998/99, London councils collected 4.1 million tonnes of waste - and only 7 per cent of this was recycled.About 75 per cent was dumped in land-fill sites and 18 per cent was incinerated.