REAL FACTS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

  • Polluted drinking waters are a problem for about half of the world’s population. Each year there are about 250 million cases of water-based diseases, resulting in roughly 5 to 10 million deaths.
  • 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
  • Vehicle exhaust contributes roughly 60% of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide, and up to 95% in cities.
  • The Mississippi River – which drains the lands of nearly 40% of the continental United Sates – carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year. The resulting dead zone in the Gulf each summer is about the size of New Jersey.
  • Over 80% of items in landfills can be recycled, but they’re not for now.
  • 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are discharged into US waters annually.
  • In the U.S. 41% of all insecticides are used on corn. Of these, 80% are used to treat a pest that could be controlled simply by rotating a different crop for just one year.
  • Every year, one American produces over 3,285 pounds of hazardous waste.
  • Americans generate 30 billion foam cups, 220 million tires, and 1.8 billion disposable diapers every year.
  • Each year, U.S. factories spew 3 million tons of toxic chemicals into the air, land, and water.

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