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Climate Change Conference 2014
Friday, 25 April 2014
Climate Change Conference 2014 The most recent November 2013 United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland unfortunately made little progress in tackling environmental concerns. Tensions were high throughout the talks, including a 30-hour-long deadlock. With such a disappointing outcome...

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Earth Day 2014
Tuesday, 08 April 2014
Earth Day 2014 Days of commemoration usually mark important historical dates for events in religion, tradition or even politics, but it is quite rare to recognize a day of the year dedicated to the future of an international issue. Most of our most celebrated holidays have been subjected to complete...

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Environmental Microbiology
Tuesday, 01 April 2014
Environmental Microbiology Bacteria to the rescue?! Beyond the human vision of gargantuan stars and structures exists a unique world populated by organisms much smaller than the smallest human cell. They represent a novel domain of life, tracing a unique evolutionary heritage that pre-dates any...

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International Policing
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
International Policing The past few years has seen a noticeable rise in the international policing of natural resources. High-definition cameras disguised as rocks were used to film dolphin hunting in Japan, helicopters patrol the Pacific Ocean to monitor whaling, activists have boarded oil rigs in the...

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Environmental Myths
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Environmental Myths Myths of the century may be getting in the way of protecting sound environmental facts. It has been over 40 years since the environmental movement was said to have begun in the parks and green spaces across the United States on April 22, 1970—the first Earth Day ever celebrated in the country, and much progress has been made regarding environmental awareness over the years. The effects of DDT as a notorious pesticide were...

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Environmental Justice
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Environmental Justice Social change and environmental change go hand in hand. When you bike to work instead of driving, or when you repair your computer instead of buying a new one, you not only contribute to the health of our environment, but also to the well being of people both near and far. The production and disposal of dirty products (like cars and electronic gadgets) can make...

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Waste Dumping
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Waste Dumping On May 28, 2013, the world’s retail behemoth, more commonly known as Wal-Mart, plead guilty to violating both federal and state environmental laws. Since 2003, it has been charged with allegations of inappropriately disposing of hazardous waste and other consumer products on multiple accounts.1 Hearings took place in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and...

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The Keeling Curve
Thursday, 11 July 2013
The Keeling Curve For the first time in human history, hourly carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have risen above 400 parts per million (ppm). Media outlets around the world have been reporting about this important symbolic milestone and more evidence of global warming being a reality. However, without some background information about the keeling curve and parts per million it can be difficult to recognize...

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Earth Day 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Earth Day 2013 Earth Day 2013 is just around the corner, coming up on April 22nd! Have you sent in a photo yet? This year the official theme of Earth Day is “The Face of Climate Change.” The Earth Day Network is collecting photographs that highlight the growing impact that climate change is...

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Earth Hour 2013
Thursday, 04 April 2013
Earth Hour 2013 On average, the annual consumption of electricity in the United States per utility customer was 11,280 kWh in 2011, while the average per capita electricity use in Africa as an entire continent was about 570 kWh over the year in 2010. The U.S. uses more electricity than any nation except...

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Population Issues
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Population Issues There are currently over seven billion humans living on this planet and researchers fear that we may be reaching our carrying capacity. The idea of humans reaching our capacity is not a new idea, however. The theory originated from the pessimist Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), who...

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Fracking in California
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Fracking in California The controversial drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” has created an oil and gas boom across the United States. Many states including New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, have all seen heated debates about whether the economic benefits of fracking outweigh the risks to groundwater and public health...

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Green Memes
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Green Memes The fiscal cliff, Yes We Can!, and Gangnam Style all have something in common…they are what is known as “memes.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary online defines a meme as, "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” On the Internet, memes are usually...

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Green Party History
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Green Party History If you ask someone on the street what comes to mind when you said the words “Green Party,” most likely they would say Ralph Nader and then give you a blank stare. A few people, still bitter about the 2000 presidential election, might scoff and throw in the word “spoiler.” But popular knowledge about the Green Party belies a fascinating history.

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Montreal Protocol
Thursday, 08 November 2012
Montreal Protocol In a world divided into different governments and nations, it is easy to forget that we all make up one globe of people with similar needs and wants. This has become even clearer as the actions of various countries are increasingly affecting the conditions across our biosphere, creating...

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Silent Spring It was 50 years ago that a book spurred the first major environmental movement in the United States. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring hit the book stores on September 27, 1962 to catalogue the hazardous effects of the pesticide DDT—banned 10 years later in the U.S. — and questioned...

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Australian Carbon Tax
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Australian Carbon Tax Although Australia ranks as the sixteenth highest greenhouse gas emitting country on earth, it is an embarrassing 7th in per person metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Indeed, Australia has the highest per person pollution rates of all developed nations, including the...

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Rio 20 Summit
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Rio 20 Summit Twenty years ago, delegates from around the world gathered in a crowded conference center beneath the watchful eye of Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 1992 Rio conference ended with the ratification of a Convention on Biological Diversity, a Convention to Combat Desertification...

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North Sea Gas Leak
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
North Sea Gas Leak On March 25, 2012, crewmembers on the French oil company Total’s Elgin drilling platform noticed that something was amiss. One of the wells at the site had been plugged in 2011, but for unknown reasons natural gas had begun to spew out of the wellhead. Soon, about 200,000 cubic...

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Internet Carbon Footprint
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Internet Carbon Footprint The information and communications technologies sector (ICTs) accounts for roughly 2% of global carbon emissions. If it were a country, it would rank 5th in terms of total emissions. As a sector, it roughly compares with the airline sector, but is experiencing increased growth and is expected...

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The New Epoch
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
The New Epoch Science textbooks in every grade-school classroom will tell you that we are currently living in the Holocene geologic epoch…but this probably won’t be the case for very much longer. Many of the world’s leading scientists propose that the Earth has now entered a new geological...

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Earth Day 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Earth Day 2012 This year’s Earth Day theme, “Mobilize The Earth,” superbly captures one of the emerging trends of the environmental movement. For the first Earth Day in 1970, Founder Senator Nelson chose the date April 22 because it would not interfere with college students’ academic, social or...

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Panama Energy
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Panama Energy Every year, tens of millions of tons of oil products are shipped through the Panama Canal. But despite the important role Panama plays in the transportation of oil around the world, it has very few energy resources to add to the shipments that pass through its backyard. Due to this...

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Bicycle Sharing
Monday, 16 January 2012
Bicycle Sharing A few years ago, Greeniacs brought us great news regarding the first wave of 21st century bike-sharing programs in the United States. Building off previous programs that had failed in their attempts to essentially give out free bikes, Washington, DC launched SmartBike DC. Enabled...

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Green Police
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Green Police Even die-hard environmentalists don't demand that police officers make the safety of the environment their top priority. This is because we want and expect the police to prioritize human safety! When it comes down to it, we all worry more about our safety – and our friends' and family's safety – than the safety of a tree or a mockingbird. Remarkably...

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London Olympics
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
London Olympics As the summer of 2011 winds down, the 2012 Olympics – set to launch in London on July 27 – seem pretty far off. But for the organizing and planning teams behind the massive event, many of which have been at work on the Games for five years or more, next summer can’t come soon enough. So far, just about everything is going according to plan...

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Oil Tax Breaks
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Oil Tax Breaks The basic framework of this debate has been covered over and over by the media, but few reports have delved deeper into the issue to look at the specific tax breaks that exist, when they were created, and how much money they are worth to oil companies. That information is exactly what you will find below, and hopefully it will...

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Environmental Movement
Friday, 22 April 2011
Environmental Movement It was the 1960s, the age of the post-WWII consumer frenzy, of atomic explosions, of leaded gasoline, and the Vietnam War. The air pollution in Los Angeles was so bad that breathing it was the equivalent of smoking 2.5 packs of cigarettes per day. There was a lot to complain about, and this state of the environment gave rise to environmentalism...

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Earth Day 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Earth Day 2011 In an era of great environmental uncertainty, and at a pivotal point in time when nations will decide the earth’s fate, Earth Day comes as a welcome reminder of our role in the global environmental movement. Just over forty years ago, during a time of revolutionary environmental legislation in the United States, Earth Day was added to our...

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Art and the Environment II
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Art and the Environment II Picking up where we left off in Part I of our Art and the Environment series, art reflects humanity's changing perception of nature's relationship with God and living beings here on Earth. For centuries, European artists drew and sculpted humans and religious figures in indoor settings. Nature was...

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Art and the Environment
Tuesday, 01 March 2011
Art and the Environment Art came before writing and even speech—art was humankind’s first expression of its relationship with nature. Art and the environment is such a huge topic that we will have a two-part discussion on it, so read up here for Part I and then look to Part II coming soon! The first homo sapiens adorned their bodies, then their tools. The earliest...

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Looking Back at the BP Oil Spill
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Looking Back at the BP Oil Spill At the time of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I was interning in Washington D.C. with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Once word of the leaking oil got out, government reports put estimates of the spill at 1,000 barrels per day, then 5,000 bl/day a few days later—a number repeated in the media ad nauseum. On the other side...

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River Pollution
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
River Pollution The Swim for Clean Water… Located in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River is an intensely cold glacial water source with a lot of history, much of which has been drowned by industrial and hydropower damage. The documentary written, directed and produced by Andy Norris, called Source to Sea: The Columbia River Swim, deals with a variety...

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Recent Oil Spills
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Recent Oil Spills The BP oil spill was a rare, catastrophic event unlike any other oil spill. For starters, it’s the largest oil spill in United States history. While most oil spills have been caused by collisions of ships carrying oil, the BP oil spill was caused by a large blowout. Such a large blowout, or a fire-starting explosion from oil drilling, hasn’t...

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Environmental Awards
Thursday, 01 July 2010
Environmental Awards When thinking about the state of our environment, it is hard to look past all the disasters that keep occurring in the world. However, there are some remarkable people working hard to bring these issues to the public, to make all of us more conscious of Mother Earth. On April 20, 2010, The Daily Green and Home Depot sponsored an event called...

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Environmental Refugees
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Environmental Refugees All around the world, 20 to 25 million people have been forced out of their homes, almost completely due to natural forces out of their control.1 As high as the number of environmental refugees currently is, climate change is expected to vastly increase that amount to around 150 million by 2050.2 Hurricanes, monsoons, droughts, and floods will become more frequent and more destructive. Rising temperatures will worsen desertification. Rising sea levels not only threaten to flood...

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Crimes Against the Environment
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Crimes Against the Environment The Environment’s Worst Offenders… While going green has become better for the corporate bottom line across the United States, there are still times when circumventing environmental laws and regulations maximizes margins. Below are four corporate criminals who shirked environmental responsibility when it became too costly...

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Eco terrorism
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Eco-terrorism We at Greeniacs love the natural world. We work everyday to uphold our environmental values and protect Mother Earth. We are outraged when the environment suffers because of corporate irresponsibility, as is currently the case with BP’s oil spill crisis in the Gulf. Still, there is a line between passion for the environment and zealotry...

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Oil Spills and the Environment
Thursday, 06 May 2010
Oil Spills and the Environment With the worlds’ current dependency on oil, our environment continues to pay the price for the demand. On April 20, 2010 a BP oil rig caught on fire, exploded, and then later sank about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Not only did this disaster leave at least 11 people presumably dead, but it will also continue to leave a lasting impact...

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Smog
Wednesday, 03 March 2010
Smog Smog, the cloud’s ugly, earthborn sister, is formed when pollutants combine with sunlight, creating what are called particulate matter and Ground-level Ozone. It afflicts many of the world’s major metropolitan areas, and its effects range from irritating to deadly. In London’s Great Fog of 1952, for example, as many of 12,000 people—yes...

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City Recycling
Monday, 11 January 2010
City Recycling Although comprehensive recycling programs are increasing in popularity throughout most cities across the United States, the volume of garbage produced in cities continues to outweigh the volume of waste recycled there. Currently, the U.S. creates over 250 million tons of municipal waste each year and only 32.5% of that waste is sent...

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Copenhagen 2009
Monday, 09 November 2009
Copenhagen 2009 By 2009, 184 countries signed the treaty with plans to minimize the effects of global warming. However, with the treaty expiring in 2012, we could be left without a concrete international agenda to help prevent climate change. Concerned countries, like Denmark and the United Nations, realized this and created the Climate Change...

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G20 Summit
Thursday, 29 October 2009
G20 Summit Every time a G20 Summit is held, tens of thousands of protesters, each seemingly fighting for a different cause, show up to voice their contempt for this global meeting. But for all the reasons globalization is protested, including the spread of capitalism, the exploitation of cheap labor, protectionism, etc., perhaps the most asserted is...

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2009 Senate Climate Bill
Thursday, 01 October 2009
2009 Senate Climate Bill On the last days of September of 2009, the United States Senate presented a renovated bill from the House of Representatives to Congress called the Senate Climate Bill (SCB). The aim of the legislation is to boost the green economy through investment in energy technology. The authors behind the bill, who include California Senator Barbara...

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Earth Day The Origins and What it Means to be Green Today
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Earth Day: The Origins and What it Means to be Green Today In spite of the nay-sayers, the Doubter Debbies of the world who resist the displacement of dirty fuels and who swear that global warming is a myth, the shift towards a green-conscious future cannot be helped. Almost a half a century ago, the peregrination towards Earth Day began as environmental cognizance took hold in the hearts of the...

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5 Greenest Cities in the World
Thursday, 26 March 2009
5 Greenest Cities in the World It seems to me that every city has an excuse for why it is not going green. Big business and governments alike complain that switching too fast to renewable energy sources will cause a sag in the already sagging economy, that reducing emissions by x-percent below some year's levels is not possible, that environmentalists are asking...

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5 Top Progressively Green Cities
Friday, 20 March 2009
5 Top Progressively Green Cities My granddad used to tell me that “old habits die hard,” and that if I wanted to make a personal metamorphosis that it would take hard work and constant consciousness of my actions. For some cities in the world, the same is true for environmental action. Whether a city’s start lied in the era of coal mining or its history a time piece of...

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Cruise Ships Eco Footprint
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Cruise Ships' Eco-Footprint Here's a little test: Google “cruise ships and the environment” and tell me what pops up on the browser first. Cruise liners discussing the breathtaking views you'll see while you sail off to Alaska? Or perhaps pictures of the vibrant reefs seen while scuba diving in the Bahamas? Sure these both fit the description, but most likely you'll...

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Capping Trading and Selling the Right to Emit
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Capping, Trading, and Selling the Right to Emit An ideal human world would boast zero emissions, but we are a species whose livelihood depends on the consumption of energy. We use energy and we use a lot of it, and simple physics tells us that what come in must some how come out one way or another, and our form of energy exhale is usually in some sort of harmful green house gas emission...

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Great Pacific Garbage Patch In the United States, we generate over 400 million tons of trash each year. Some of that waste biodegrades, some of that waste can be recycled, but some of it sits around for hundreds of years with nowhere to go. Some of the most stubborn waste is plastic. Americans alone throw out about 60 million plastic water bottles everyday, use about...

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Kyoto Protocol 101
Tuesday, 06 January 2009
Kyoto Protocol 101 Striving for carbon neutrality is an ongoing international battle whose importance is shown though its ubiquitous media coverage. Nonetheless, gaining this enhanced public knowledge system has been and continues to be an arduous road. While global warming has become the popular quagmire of the late 20th and early 21st century, the beginning came...

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Global Dimming Another Pollution Side Effect
Tuesday, 09 December 2008
Global Dimming: Another Pollution Side-Effect Everyone's heard about global warming, but relatively few people have heard about global dimming. What is global dimming? Substantial parts of the world are actually dimmer, i.e., less light, darker, than they were several decades ago due to air pollution.The United States, for example, is about 10% dimmer, while parts of the former...

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Volunteering Opportunities to Help the Environment
Friday, 21 November 2008
Volunteering: Opportunities to Help the Environment Volunteering not only means that you are performing charity work in an altruistic and selflessness fashion; volunteering has a whole new meaning in this day and age. Consider volunteering as something you do for people who are not as fortunate as yourself, think of it as an exchange of ideas and a cultural experience. Being a volunteer, a person...

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Communities Striving for Sustainability
Friday, 07 November 2008
Communities Striving for Sustainability! It's no secret that eco-friendly practices and lifestyles are gaining popularity around the world. However, more people want to do good for the environment not only on their own, but within entire towns and cities centered around sustainable living. Unified by using collective means to do environmental good, these “ecovillages” are actually...

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Environmental Education in K 12 Schools
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Environmental Education in K-12 Schools If you spend any time around children or teenagers—as an educator, a parent, a nanny, a sibling or even as a friend—you probably understand the impact that education can have on young people. If you have any interest in environmental issues, at the individual, federal, or global level, you probably understand the impact that everyday...

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A Green Demand at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
A Green Demand at the 2008 Summer Olympics The hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics Games has been a hot bed for controversy. As the host country China, in the heat of its industrial revolution, boasts almost 20% of the world’s total population, the environmental impact of its heavily populated hosting-city Beijing, has provoked its fair share of global concern. Before the start of...

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The Green Belt Movement
Friday, 15 August 2008
The Green Belt Movement This is a story of a woman who planted trees. Sounds pretty quaint, doesn't it? Well, truthfully, Professor Wangari Maathai's story is about as far from quaint and as close to heroic as a human can get! Maathai comes from a small village in Kenya and is the founder of the Green Belt Movement. The Green Belt Movement is an organization that...

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Green Facts

  • Due to tiger poaching, habitat destruction, and other human-tiger conflicts, tigers now number around 3,200—a decrease in population by about 70% from 100 years ago.

  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

  • An aluminum can that is thrown away instead of recycled will still be a can 500 years from now!

  • Washing your clothes in cold or warm instead of hot water saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and drying your clothes on a clothesline six months out of the year would save another 700 pounds.

  • It takes 6,000,000 trees to make 1 year's worth of tissues for the world.

  • Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save as much as 10 gallons a day per person.

  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months

  • The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million people die prematurely worldwide every year due to air pollution.

  • American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. This adds up to 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.

  • Recycling 100 million cell phones can save enough energy to power 18,500 homes in the U.S. for a year.

  • Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch.

  • You will save 100 pounds of carbon for each incandescent bulb that you replace with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL), over the life of the bulb.

  • 82 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from burning fossil fuels.

  • A laptop consumes five times less electricity than a desktop computer.

  • Americans throw away more than 120 million cell phones each year, which contribute 60,000 tons of waste to landfills annually.

  • Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct.

  • States with bottle deposit laws have 35-40% less litter by volume.

  • You’ll save two pounds of carbon for every 20 glass bottles that you recycle.

  • Bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide than equivalent stands of trees.

  • For every 38,000 bills consumers pay online instead of by mail, 5,058 pounds of greenhouse gases are avoided and two tons of trees are preserved.

  • Nudge your thermostat up two degrees in the summer and down two degrees in the winter to prevent 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

  • Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day.

  • Recycling 1 million laptop computers can save the amount of energy used by 3,657 homes in the U.S. over the course of a year.

  • Glass can be recycled over and over again without ever wearing down.

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

  • A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

  • Current sea ice levels are at least 47% lower than they were in 1979.

  • In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions. Walk or bike and you'll save one pound of carbon for every mile you travel.

  • If every U.S. household turned the thermostat down by 10 degrees for seven hours each night during the cold months, and seven hours each weekday, it would prevent nearly gas emissions.

  • One recycled aluminum can will save enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.

  • In California homes, about 10% of energy usage is related to TVs, DVRs, cable and satellite boxes, and DVD players.

  • 77% of people who commute to work by car drive alone.

  • Shaving 10 miles off of your weekly driving pattern can eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

  • A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution, and mining wastes by about 70%.

  • A tree that provides a home with shade from the sun can reduce the energy required to run the air conditioner and save an additional 200 to 2,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime.

  • Recycling for one year at Stanford University saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.

  • Less than 1% of electricity in the United States is generated from solar power.

  • Refrigerators built in 1975 used 4 times more energy than current models.

  • You will save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive if you always keep your car’s tires fully inflated.