Interesting Human Influenced Facts

1. If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year.
2. On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it.
3. Every year we throw away 24 million tons of leaves and grass. Leaves alone account for 75% of our solid waste in the fall.
4. Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
5. About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.
6. 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.
7. Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually — consuming more than 850 million trees.
8. Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.
By turning down your central heating thermostat one degree, fuel consumption is cut by as much as 10%.
9. One ton of carbon dioxide that is released in the air can be prevented by replacing every 75 watt light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
10. Every day 50 to 100 species of plants and animals become extinct as their habitat and human influences destroy them.

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