“Did you know?” Some interesting facts about the environment This is a News item written on July 30, 2007 by admin
This weekâ€™s blog will be a little different than the rest, to keep you (and myself) entertained. Here are some things that you may or may not have known about the environmentâ€”ok, some of them are fun but some of them are scary. What did you expect?? 1. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. 2. During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made. 3. An aluminum can may be recycled ad infinitum (forever!). 4. We consume over 80 trillion aluminum cans every year. 5. The worldâ€™s tallest tree is a coast redwood in California, measuring more than 360 feet or 110 meters. 6. The worldâ€™s oldest trees are 4,600 year old Bristlecone pines in the USA. 7. Every day, American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times! 8. Each year, Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam cups. 9. Only 1% of the worldâ€™s water supply is usable, 97% are the oceans and 2% is frozen (for now). 10. Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots (just checking that youâ€™re still paying attention!). 11. Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees (Iâ€™m guessing itâ€™s about the same for more major papersâ€™ Sunday editions). 12. On average, ONE supermarket goes through 60,500,000 paper bags per year! 13. An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by handâ€”an average of six gallons less per cycle, or over 2,000 gallons per year. 14. The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years. 15. Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape. 16. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, most of which are thrown away! 17. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage...
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