Facts on the Environment of the Earth

Earth Day is the time to think out ways for the betterment of the environment of the earth hampered by negative effects of increasing modernisation. Earth Day being just round the corner, it is time to know more about the Earth and its environment. TheHolidaySpot brings you some startling facts on the environment of the earth. Go through these bits of information and know we all have contributed to the degradation of the earth. If you like reading this article and want to have your friends go through it too, click here and refer this page to them. Happy Earth Day!

Environmental Facts

Go through these shocking truths about the environment of our planet and share them with your friends.

  • 80% of the world's forests are gone.
  • Over 40% of all tropical forests have been destroyed and another acre is lost each second.
  • The US has less than 4% of its forests left.
  • The U.S. burns 10,000 gallons of gasoline a second. Burning one gallon of gas creates 22 lbs of carbon dioxide. Now that's 220,000 lbs of Co2 per second.
  • An average American creates 4.5 lbs. garbage a day -- an amount doubled from 30 years ago.
  • Every year we throw away 24 million tons of leaves and grass. Leaves alone account for 75% of our solid waste in the fall.
  • Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations.
  • 99% of all those things we buy are not in use after 6 months.
  • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
  • About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.
  • 40% of our waterways are undrinkable.
  • The US has 5% of the world's population and 30% of the waste.
  • Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.
  • As per an estimation by The University of California, 30,000 deaths occur a year because of gasoline or diesel fuel use.
  • Approximately, 70,000 people in the U.S die prematurely from heart and lung disease aggravated by particulate air pollution.
  • Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.
  • Americans annually use 50 million tons of paper. This equals the consumption of more than 850 million trees.
  • Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.
  • Turning down your central heating thermostat by one degree can cut fuel consumption by as much as 10%.
  • Insulating your attic reduces the amount of energy loss in most houses by up to 20%.
  • The amount of glass disposed of in 1990 was enough to fill the Twin Towers (1,350 feet high) of New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.
  • Using energy efficient bulbs in place of every 75 watt light bulbs can prevent 1 ton of carbon dioxide from being released in the air.
  • Many banks lent large sums of money to developing nations. In order to pay those debts plus interest many nations have turned to the mining of their natural resources as a source of financial aid.
  • 40,000 children in the world die every year from preventable diseases.
  • The human population of the world is expected to rise by nearly three times by the year 2100.
  • A 3% annual population growth will result in the doubling of consumption and production of food and other products within 2033.
  • The number of automobiles is expected to increase by 15 million per year until at least 2010.
  • The world's per capita grain production has been on the downfall since 1985 despite the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Already a train system has been developed (back in 1987) which is based on magnetic levitation and causes minimal pollution. These versions of a train are already in use in several countries.
  • Fibre optics, made of glass, are being used to replace copper cables throughout the world.
  • Uncontrolled fishing has resulted in the reduction of the population of many commercial species; some upto one-tenth of their original population.
  • Every day 50 to 100 species of plants and animals become extinct as their habitat and human activities destroy them.