It takes 500,000
trees to publish the NY Sunday Times - every
week! Recycling a single run of this newspaper would save 75,000
The loss of pharmaceutical value from plant
species extinction in the US alone is almost $12 billion.
Worldwide some 300-500 million tons of hazardous waste are
produced each year, with
industrialized countries responsible for 80-90 percent.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough
energy to run a TV for three hours - or the equivalent of a half
gallon of gasoline.
In Peninsular Malaysia, more tree species
are found in 125 acres of Tropical Forest than in the entire
The Us Postal Service
delivers over 17.8 tons of bulk mail every year, and over $320
million of taxpayer money is spent annually to dispose of bulk
Operating a commercial
leaf blower for one half hour produces the hydrocarbon
equivalent of driving a light duty vehicle at 30 mph for just
over 2 round trips between Denver and New York City.
There are more roads in our National
Forests than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system.
The planet adds 77 million people each
year, the equivalent of 10 New York Cities.
Today, tropical forests
supply about 30% of the worlds log exports, 12% of sawn wood
exports, and 60% of plywood and veneer exports - the US imports
800 million pounds of paper annually from Brazil's forests.
The energy saved from recycling one glass
bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also
causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than
when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
If every car carried one more passenger during its daily
commute, 32 million gallons of
gasoline would be saved each day.
One forth of all drugs
prescribed in the US are made up of derivatives from tropical
If all of America's
newspaper was recycled, we would
save about 250,000,000 trees each year.
11% of the Earth's coral
reefs are regarded as permanently lost, and it is estimated that
this number will rise to 40% by 2010.
Americans throw away enough aluminum to
rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months
The US loses roughly
100,000 acres of wetland each year.
Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as
It is estimated that
50,000 species living in tropical rainforests become extinct
each year. That is 137 species per day or 6 species per hour.
Due to human impacts, the world loses 7% of its topsoil every
ten years. It takes 1,000 years
produce one inch of topsoil.
The U.S. is 5% of the world's population
but uses 25% of its natural resources.
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