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Percent of all fresh water on Earth that is in icecaps and glaciers. 99.5 %
Number of molecules of CFCs in a single Styrofoam cup 1 Billion
Time it takes for a CFC atom to break up and become harmless once it reaches the ozone layer 100 years
Number of Americans that live in areas with levels of air pollutants the federal government considers to be harmful. 110 million
Amount of sewage Americans dump into their waters–every minute of every day. 16 tons
% of Earth’s total water attributed to fresh water in lakes, streams, and rivers. 66 %
Number of animals killed each year as the result of eating or being strangled in plastic. 1.15 Million
Number of Styrofoam coffee cups Americans throw away every year 25 billion
Number of plastic bottles thrown away by Americans every hour 2.5 million
Number of soft drink cans and bottles thrown away by Americans each year 40 billion
Percent of a typical household’s waste that can be recycled. 84 %
Number of trees saved per year if every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers 25 million
Number of acres of tropical rainforests destroyed through logging or burning each year. 40 million acres
Percent of the 35,000 pesticides introduced since 1945 that have been tested for their effects on people. 10 %
Gallons of water used every day by the typical American home 300 gallons
Percent of the total electricity consumption attributed to refrigerators 7 %
Tons of carbon dioxide produced in a year caused by driving an average of 1,000 miles a month. 120 tons
Number of gallons of gasoline a year saved if all the cars on U.S. roads had properly inflated tires. 2 billion
The number of barrels of oil saved each year by using public transportation. 45,000,000
The number of Chinese that die prematurely each year from respiratory illnesses and other diseases related to air pollution. 400,000
The number of coal-fired power plants located in China. (One new power plant goes into operation every 4 to 7 days in China). 3,100
The number of pounds a person would lose if they walked one half hour a day instead of riding or driving a motor vehicle. 13
Number of today’s new automobiles to release the same number of emissions as of a 1960s model. 20
Percent of all paper products that get recycled 52 %
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Sources: Go Green, Green Living
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: August 3, 2015

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