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. Philip

    ...and @chrissy, and keep a sharp lookout for TV lawyers looking to sue the makers of Tylenol, etc. The FDA recently published that acetamenophen is resposible for up to half of all iver problems. It looks like the hangover cure was harder on the liver than booze was after all. (shrug)

    April 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I was told about this tears ago, but it's nice that it is finally coming out more widely.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Try to eat all vegetable and meditation in daily basic . Preventing breaking ozone layer

      April 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Awe. You folks are nice, but outside is nicer! Today is the most wonderful day outside here in Colorado Springs! Bbl. 🙂

    April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Well behaving or being, really makes no difference, it was rude and uncalled for. Unless you were trying to make yourself feel superior. And there was no point posting on topic last night because on topic posts were being deleted.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      One wonders why people get picked on when they fire the opening shot.
      There's your answer.
      First thing written by him was mean.
      Mean is as mean does.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    How come they don't post the number of uninhabited, livable square miles still available across the earth? They say the earth is overpopulated. But when you fly across the miles and miles and miles of empty land throughout the western US, Canada, Africa, Australia, China, Russia, etc., you realize the smoke and mirrors of the overpopulation myth. We don't suffer from over population. We have an over-concentration of people in certain areas, like major metropolitan centers. We suffer from very poor population dispersion and migration policies. This planet could support far, far more people with proper stewardship.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juval

      It's really about the amount of fresh water, not liveable space.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, Juval.
      There are vast areas that cannot sustain life, which is why they have been left uninhabited.

      April 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wyatt

      What people like you don't understand is that realistically we will never run out of physical room, that's obvious, and anyone who argues that we will is naive and uneducated. What limits human population is RESOURCES! Fresh water is a big limiting factor, because it is pretty set and desalinization plants are ridiculously ineffective and expensive. Another problem is the strain higher population puts on the environment. Our fisheries would not be crashing if we didn't have to support so many people, we wouldn't be putting out so much greenhouse gas from cars and agriculture if we didn't have so many people. If everyone on earth was vegan and didn't drive cars and lived in the woods yes we could support more, but we don't do that and we never will. Because of this, we are overpopulated and we DO need to do something about it!

      April 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • chubby rain

      The issue is water, not space.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • fredd

      we are over populated those areas shall soon be overrun too. When the brazilian government opened up the amazon thousands of miles of forest were destroyed.

      April 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    So typical, flip, trip and skip! AS IF....hes EVER on topic! Unless you count those that he makes up!

    April 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. monah

    Happy "Bearthday" to me. I've been celebrating my birthday on earth day since it was started in the 70's.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dickwatch Administrator

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

    There is no way that figure is correct. Go to any grocery store right now (even Whole Foods and Trader Joe's that only offer paper) and seven out of ten people do not bring their own bags.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • IceT

      I agree DA, here's a little more food for thought:
      The manufacture of paper bags produces 70% more air pollution than plastic bags.
      For every 7 trucks it takes to deliver paper bags it only takes 1 truck to deliver the same number of plastic bags.
      It takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it does to recycle a pound of paper.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jain

      I agree, there is no way 7 out of 10 carry their own bag. We live in a neighborhood where people are fairly well educated and conscious of environment. They shop at Trader Joes and Harris Teeters but I would say not even 3 out of 10 carry their own bag.

      April 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    happy birthday monah! Today is also pimp dummys birthday!

    April 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bianca

    "Journey to Planet Earth", is a good place to start to understand the connections between climate change, over population, food and water shortages, failed states, etc. One piece of present day data: 25 square miles of Louisiana coastline disappear each year due to the consequences of global warming.

    April 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kyle

    So your saying humans have a chance at sustainability (sarcasm)

    April 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    nsaidi: why reprimand one blogger for posting jokes that offend no one, yet say nothing about posts with scripture miles long??

    April 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    I love Earth Day! Its my reminder to change the oil in my lawn mower for the season. Its also the day I BBq using wood cut down from a tree the year before. Its become a tradition to cut down 1 tree each year on Earth Day.

    April 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Funniiest post, next to the joking Cat's!

      April 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Number

    Some more number 4 Billion how many years long the earth has here, 100,000 how long man has walked the earth. 30 how many years Left wing scam artists have been making up bs about Global warming, one more – 10,000 how many years ice core geological temperature reconstruction has proven, beyond doubt CO2 is a reaction to temperature, it does not affect temperature. 1000 how many years of data have proven, solar activity drives global warming exclusively. Let the Global warmers chew on that. Anyone here of the Himalayan Glaciers growing?

    April 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    And i dont want to re use mine, unless Mary will wash them out for me.

    April 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LR's the 6th grade forum! There seems to be a lot of those.

    April 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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