The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper.
One barrel of crude oil (42 gallons) makes about 19½ gallons of gasoline, 9 gallons of fuel oil, 4 gallons of jet fuel, and 11 gallons of other products, including lubricants, kerosene, asphalt, and petrochemical feedstocks to make plastics, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.
One in five of the world’s people live on less than a $1 a day.
U.S. forests reabsorb 10-13% of all U.S. annual emissions of CO2. By 2050 U.S. Forest Service estimates that the U.S. will lose 23 million acres of existing forest lands.
Forests provide 1/3 of the world’s drinking water.
An American family of four uses up to 260 gallons of water in the home per day.
The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television set for three hours (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The world’s population is growing by 200,000 people a day.
More oil reaches the oceans each year as a result of leaking automobiles and other non-point sources than was spilled in Prince William Sound by the Exxon Valdez. (savethesea.org)
The average person in the United States produces 4.3 lbs. of garbage every day.
A compact fluorescent light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a regular bulb - and it can last up to four years.
The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper. It is estimated that every year 222 million tons of waste will be generated by college students alone.
Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape.
Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world's protein consumed by humans. (savethesea.org)
Most of the world's major fisheries are being fished at levels above their maximum sustainable yield; the Grand Banks, the pride of New England fishing for centuries, are closed due to overfishing. (savethesea.org)
Running tap water for two minutes is equal to 3-5 gallons of water. Saving water saves energy. Letting a water faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as running a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours. (USEPA)
Due to ethanol's lower energy content, vehicles will typically go 3–4% fewer miles per gallon on gasohol/E10 (90% ethanol) than on straight gasoline. E85 (15% ethanol) reduces mpgs by 20%.
One mature tree on the south side of your house provides as much summer cooling as five midsized air-conditioners.
It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones. (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
U.S. coal deposits contain more energy than that of all the world's oil reserves.
The state of Alabama contains 1% of proven U.S. coal reserves.
Although coral reefs comprise less than 0.5 per cent of the ocean floor, it is estimated that more than 90 per cent of marine species are directly or indirectly dependent on them. (savethesea.org)
Due to climate change, ocean acidification, exploitation and pollution, 95% of worlds coral reefs could be gone by 2050. (WWF)
The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year.
A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days.
E-waste is made of many toxic ingredients such as lead, beryllium, mercury, cadmium, and brominated-flame retardants that pose both an occupational and environmental health threat. (savethesea.org)
Energy content of 1lb of various fuels (in Joules): Coal = 1.6 × 107 Gasoline = 2.2 × 107 Crude oil = 2.4 × 107 U – 235 = 3.7 × 1013