Earth Day by the numbers
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.
April 21st, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Earth Day by the numbers

Happy Earth Day, everybody! More than a billion people in 192 countries take part in Earth Day activities, according to Earth Day network.

By the numbers:

4.43 – Pounds of "municipal solid waste" generated per person in the United States each day in 2010.

34.1 – Percent of "municipal solid waste" that ends up getting recycled.

43,271.4 – Percent change in CO2 emissions in Namibia since 1980, the highest in the world. (Not a typo!)

55.43 tonnes – CO2 emissions per capita in Qatar for 2007, the highest in the world.

5 – Percent of Americans who are vegetarian.

16,500 – Number of "Energy Star" certified buildings in the United States.

6 – Cities in California on the list of Top 25 Cities in the United States with the most "Energy Star" certified buildings.

8 – Cities in California in the Top 10 on the list of the Most Ozone-Polluted Cities in the United States.

7 – Number of different SPI Resin Identification codes for recycling on plastic goods.

39 – States with laws regulating the use of these codes on 16 oz bottles.

35 – Percent of hybrid car owners who buy another hybrid when they get a new car.

2.4 – Percent of the "new vehicle market" claimed by hybrid cars in 2011.

81 – Percent who switched regular light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

70 – Percent who use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic or paper bags at the store.

1.2 million – Homes in the United States that use solar power.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    I wish earth day also included the misuse of steroids in beef, (meat and milk), poultry and pork we all consume. I think it has something to do with autism, cancer and young woman budding into womanhood sooner.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good morning, Scottish Mama.
      I agree with you.
      It should absolutely be mentioned for Earth Day.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Hippoptomus' are way more vicious than grizzly bears, and have killed more humans than any other large animal, by far. Yet, look at the image we have of the friendly Hippo. Even in reality. 🙂 No offense, ma'am. he he

    April 22, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Morning Philip.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Yes Farmer Brown, What more could we give God than what he himself has given us. 66:1

    And who would God look apon? surely not those who DON"T a good healthy fear of our Father. 66:2

    For those still keeping the old law... It is a clear and unequivocally sign of denouncing Jesus as the "anoited one" who has brought about the new laws with his sacrifice 66:3

    Continuing on to say that he, God will choose their punishment in his rightous way of dealing with those who take delight in living life in their own manner. 66:4

    And finally to those who are in Gods eyes keeping his word as fearfully as any human can, he is rejoicing 🙂

    I would hope my understanding of those verses is close to Gods intentions.

    have a great day everyone

    April 22, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    ...to explain. On today's local news, over 1/2 of all Coloradan's are now obese. It's as if John Belushi (RIP) just crested the butte of the Continental Divide...looking East and then West, again. Wondering which way he will go. That's all.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Once the mall opens, I will go to the tee shirt places and check out where the Earth Day tee shirts are manufactured. I am guessing China and Southeast Asia.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Gee, Mary. I don't think God actually intended that EVERYONE come to understand him or each of his words. I mean, like, he isn't blind. He saw the way most of us humans treated his son the first time. Sure most come to understand you reap what you sow aka goes 'round comes 'round and things such as these. But to come to understand that God would just as soon destroy us than to look at us and that the ONLY thing that kept him from 'Noah's Day Drowning' virtually everyone AGAIN...is the love he has for his own son, his only begotten son Jesus Christ. You people are sooooooo "lucky" the Trinity Doctine is b/s.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    ...well, that (reasoning) and the Rainbow, a promise from God he will never ever drown us again. He did later come to regret doing that to us ya know. And then we had to go and make him jealous of us going after falsehoods. Going after fleeting riches. Ignoring him and his word again. Dang it. God isn't the God being portrayed any more that the Bear, T-Rex and Hippo (mentioned above) being portrayed are. See?

    April 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ philip, i HAD posted a comment to you yesterday pertaining to your attempted joke but it was deleted so here goes again. Seriously, people are REALLY recieving disability for being a drunk?? HTH can that be a disability even? And how can we reform that?

    April 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Visit http://www.truthinlabling.org today!

    This website is unusual in that, rather tha raise awareness, they raise money to lobby congress into forcing Big-Pharma to admit to US each addictive substance they put in our meds but NOT on our labels. Donate a buck if you think worthy, or if you understand how many more millions will be needed to bribe more than just a handful) Awareness is cool. ACTION!

    April 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    Earth Day....by the numbers....Here is a fact. More damage is done to the environment for Earth Day events than they are worth.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    I mean being a drunk is a choice. And i for one dont wanta enable/pay for someones bad habits. And i dont believe its something that makes you permantly disabled to the point you can no longer work. Of course, as a hen, wth do i know huh philip?

    April 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @chrissy. Stay up late some night watching TV. Soon you will see lawyers advertising to those whom have had their SS disabilty claims denied. Thousands of law firms specializing in this nationwide. our SSA simply doesn't have the funds to mount millions of legal defenses, and so settle out of court for about 930 bucks/mo and a 99% discount on pharmaceuticals addicted to.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    "behaving like hens", chrissy. Not literal hens. Sheesh. Like, I'm not *really* a Rooster, though I have posted as such. 🙂

    April 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rooster Cogburn?

      April 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thruth In Posting

      "With the way the hens were going at it here last night, doubt we'll be seeing many eggs being layed here this morning. Plus roosters confused as hens don't lay eggs. They tell jokes."

      This is what you wrote.

      So, you were calling all the women posting here hens, and you inplied, through innuendo, that bobcat has gender confusion.

      THIS IS THE EXACT POST!.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What's a thruth?
      Do you mean TRUTH?

      April 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Ive seen the ads philip, i just had no idea that being a drunk was qualifications for being legitimately disabled!! Also i prefer to read when im up late. And i thought YOU didnt watch tv?

    April 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Absolutely @ Scottish Mama @ banasy.
    antibiotics,steroids,feeding body parts of sheep to cattle etc is doing God knows what to consumers.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @saywhat:
      My grandaughter, whi is 13 months old, has a very good Mama; my daughter researches everything, and has shared her insights with me...some of the things that are added to the food supplies is truly horrifyint.
      My grandaughter's food is monitered closely.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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