Salisbury University & the Environment


Fun Environmental Facts!


It takes 500,000 trees to publish the NY Sunday Times - every week! Recycling a single run of this newspaper would save 75,000 trees.

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 North America


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 mail.


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 rainforests.


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 landfilling.


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

to produce one inch of topsoil.


The U.S. is 5% of the world's population but uses 25% of its natural resources.



For more Fun Facts and Information:

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