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Earth Facts

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  • Earth will travel 1.6 million miles in its annual journey around the Sun, the 4.6-billionth such round-trip. It will rotate about its axis exactly once.

    Source: University of North Dakota: Earth Day Facts

  • Between 1950 and 2000, the U.S. population nearly doubled. However, in that same period, public demand for water more than tripled. Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day, which is enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses.

    Source: Oberlin College: Recycling Program

  • If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year.

    Source: Oberlin College: Recycling Program

  • Electricity production is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the United States, and is responsible for 40 percent of the nation's carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change.

    Source: Oberlin College: Recycling Program

  • Each of us uses approximately one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products per year.

    Source: Oberlin College: Recycling Program

  • The population of the world will grow by 211,000 people. A new Akron, Ohio will be added every day.

    Source: University of North Dakota: Earth Day Facts

  • Between 20 and 500 species will disappear from the planet forever. Extinctions are occurring 100 to 1,000 times faster than the normal background rate.

    Source: University of North Dakota: Earth Day Facts

  • Eighty-percent of the world's forests are gone.

    Source: BikeRoute.com: Environmental Facts

  • In a single minute, 2000 trees are cut down in the Amazon alone. That is seven football fields a minute.

    Source: BikeRoute.com: Environmental Facts

    Want More? Visit the links below to learn more facts about our Earth and what you can do to help sustain it.

  • USA.gov - Facts For You: Environment and Energy

  • Eco-Cycle: Tidbits and Facts

  • A Recycling Revolution: Recycling Facts

  • EPA: Envirofacts


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