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| Last Updated:: 14/02/2016

Facts on Environment

Facts on Environment

1.      Of 1.5 million known species, 16,118 species are in danger of disappearing.

2.      Each year, mankind consumes 40 percent more resources than nature can restore.

3.      Every year an area of natural forest the size to Greece disappears.

4.      A million tons of paper is used worldwide in a single day.

5.      Twenty-four trees are saved for every ton of recycled paper used.

6.      Compact fluorescent light bulbs save 80 percent of electricity used by a standard bulb and last up to eight times longer.

7.      Most of the world’s creatures live in the sea. There are still millions of species to be discovered.

8.      On the average, there are 27 oil spills per day in the world’s oceans.

9.      Three out of four of the world’s fisheries are fully or over fished.

10.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that the ocean will rise by 18-59 centimeters by the year 2100 because of melting of glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica. About 10 percent of the world’s population lives in danger of being flooded.

11.  China, The United States and India produce about half of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

12.  China is building six enormous wind farms that will be able to produce 105,000 megawatts—roughly the same capacity of France.

13.  1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

14.  The trails left by airplanes make up almost half of the greenhouse warming caused by the airline industry.

15.  Almost all the plastic ever made still exists today. A plastic milk jug, for example, takes a million years to decompose.

16.  Only one to two percent of plastic used in the United States is recycled—the country produces 10.5 million tons a year.

17.  The World Health Organization estimates that 160,000 people die each year because of the indirect causes of climate change.

18.  More than 8,000 people die a day from breathing polluted air—mainly from coal particles in their lungs.

19.  Carbon dioxide produced by burning fossils fuels is the primary greenhouse gas warming the earth. The levels today are higher then they have been for hundreds of thousands of years!

20.  Plankton are tiny creatures that serve as food for many sea animals. In sections of the Pacific there are six times more particles of plastic then plankton.

21.  Worldwide levels of plankton organisms have dropped 40 percent since the 1950s. The drop has been linked to rising ocean temperatures.

22.  The town of Chernobyl in the Ukraine is still one of the most toxic places to live because of a nuclear power plant meltdown in 1986.

23.  About 4 million pounds of trash are currently in space orbiting the earth debris from satellites that have gone offline.

24.  Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are most at risk from shocks to food supplies such as droughts or floods and other extreme weather conditions linked to climate change.

25.  Fuels produced by plants like sugar cane are a viable solution to petroleum-based fuels.

26.  Hooker Chemical disposed of about 22,000 tons of mixed chemical wastes into the Love Canal, a neighborhood in Niagra Falls, New York, from 1942 – 1953. Love Canal was declared a threat to human health in 1978, and so the area had to be evacuated.

Reference:

http://bluworld.org/learning-center/environment/did-you-know/.