Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday Thinking Green ~ Interesting Eco-statistics

  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
  • 99.5 percent of all fresh water on Earth is in icecaps and glaciers.
  • Each gallon of gas used by a car contributes about 19 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. For a single car driving 1,000 miles a month, that adds up to 120 tons of CO2 a year.
  • A single polystyrene (Styrofoam) cup contains one billion billion molecules of CFCs--that's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
  • Once a CFC atom reaches the ozone layer, it can take over 100 years before it breaks up and becomes harmless.
  • About 110 million Americans live in areas with levels of air pollutants the federal government considers to be harmful.
  • Americans dump 16 tons of sewage into their waters--every minute of every day.
  • Although water covers two-thirds of the surface of the Earth, all the fresh water in lakes, streams, and rivers represents only one-hundredth of the Earth's total water.
  • Each year, 1 million sea birds, 100,000 marine mammals, and 50,000 fur seals are killed as the result of eating or being strangled in plastic.
  • A plant called the rosy periwinkle, which grows in the rainforests of Madagascar, has been used to make a drug that can cure some kinds of cancer.
  • Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year, and 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every hour.
  • Americans throw away about 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles every year. Placed end to end, they would reach to the moon and back nearly 20 times.
  • Eighty-four percent of a typical household's waste--including food scraps, yard waste, paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles--can be recycled.
  • Using recycled paper for one print run of the Sunday edition of the New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
  • If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25 million trees a year.
  • Each year, 40 million acres of tropical rainforests--an area larger than the state of California--are destroyed through logging or burning.
  • Only 10 percent of the 35,000 pesticides introduced since 1945 have been tested for their effects on people.
  • It takes only one-twentieth as much raw materials to grow grains, fruits, and vegetables as it does to raise animals for meat.
  • The typical American home uses about 300 gallons of water a day.
  • A 1/32" leak in a faucet can waste up to 6,000 gallons of water a month, or 72,000 gallons a year.
  • America's refrigerators use about 7 percent of the nation's total electricity consumption--the output of about 25 large power plants.
  • By turning the heat down, Americans could save more than 500,000 barrels of oil each day--that's over 21,000,000 gallons.
  • A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to two million gallons of fresh water.
  • By the year 2000, U.S. businesses will need the equivalent of all the office space in Pittsburgh, PA, to store the paper it uses in just one year.
  • Driving an average of 1,000 miles a month produces about 120 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
  • If all the cars on U.S. roads had properly inflated tires, it would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gasoline a year.
Information found on the Yahoo site Geocities.


Gaston Studio said...

It's amazing how much damage we do to our planet on a daily basis. Thanks for your eco postings, I read them all the time even if I don't leave my footprint.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I love reading things like this. So very true and everyone needs to know it and be reminded every day.

The Twin Towers are gone but I know what they were saying. I am often amazed and shocked what people throw away..things that can be re-used and recycled...go right into the trash. So very sad.