What is the most common type of trash thrown away by Americans?
- Paper products and cardboard account for about 39% of all trash.
How much of the world's water is available for human use?
- Only about one-third of 1% of all water on Earth is available for human use.
Three Mile Island was the site of what disaster?
- On March 28, 1979, at the nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, coolant (the fluid that keeps a machine cool) escaped from the reactor core due to a combination of mechanical failure and human error.
What country consumes the most energy in the world?
- The U.S. uses about 5% more energy than the world's second-largest energy consumer, China.
What is the most common type of debris that litters our oceans?
- Volunteers for the International Coastal Cleanup removed nearly two million cigarettes and cigarette filters in their most recent effort to clear litter from the world's oceans.
About how long does it take a Styrofoam cup to decompose?
- It only takes an orange peel six months to decompose.
What is the leading source of energy in the United States?
- Oil provides the U.S. with about 40% of its energy.
Which of the following sources of energy is NOT renewable?
- Petroleum is a fossil fuel. Coal and natural gas are other examples of fossil fuels.
According to the World Health Organization, what is the most polluted city in the world?
- Mexico City has held the dubious distinction for at least four years in a row.
What country produces the most energy in the world?
- China produces the most, about 79.1 quadrillion Btu of energy a year.