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Within a year, more than  4,000,000 hectares of forest are degraded due to human-made deforestation.  Towards the end of 2012, there are already nearly 29,000,000,000 tons of CO2  emissions and more than 8,000,000 tons of toxic chemicals released in the global environment.

As the world  the world consumes almost 35,000 barrels of oil each minute, the population produce 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Every day, the 350 nuclear plants all over the world produce 10 tons of nuclear waste. Due to various human-induced environmental condition, 5 species of life become extinct every day.

AIR
Less than 1% of Chinese cities have clean air.  Respiratory disease is the leading cause of death in China.

ENERGY
•  80% of all the oil discovered in North America to date has already been extracted.  
•  Mines and smelters use up a tenth of all annual global energy expenditures.
•  The U.S. could save 33 million gallons of gasoline each day if the average commuter – passenger load were  increased by one person.
•  Although the use of lead in U.S. gasoline has declined since 1985, other sources inject about 2 billon kilograms of  lead into the atmosphere in this country each year.  An estimated 1.7 million children in the U.S. have  unacceptably high levels of lead in their blood
•  80% of all the oil discovered in North America to date has already been extracted.
•  Mines and smelters use up a tenth of all annual global energy expenditures.
•  The U.S. could save 33 million gallons of gasoline each day if the average commuter – passenger load were  increased by one person.
•  Although the use of lead in U.S. gasoline has declined since 1985, other sources inject about 2 billon kilograms of  lead into the atmosphere in this country each year.  An estimated 1.7 million children in the U.S. have  unacceptably high levels of lead in their blood

RAINFOREST
•  The amount of water that a single rainforest tree returns to the atmosphere in its lifetime of 100 years of more is truly prodigious – on the order of 2.5 million gallons.
•  Rainforests are being destroyed at a staggering rate.  According to the National Academy of Science, at least 50  million acres a year are lost, an area the size of England, Wales, and Scotland combined.

RECYCLING
•  Every year, Americans receive 2 million tons of junk mail of which less that 50% is opened.
•  Metal – The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can, will operate a television for 3 hours.
•  Paper – Waste paper makes up 40% of our solid waste.  We could reduce by 6 million tons the waste going to landfills if we recycled all our newspapers.  Americans recycle 245 million tons of paper every year.
•  Plastics – Americas use 2.5 million plastic bottles every HOUR.  Recycling just 10% of these bottles would  keep 200 million pounds out of landfills every year.  WE make enough plastic film every year to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
•  Every ton of paper made from recycled materials saves about 17 trees.
•  Recycling a glass jar saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.

RESOURCES - NON RENEWABLE
•  More river miles (12,000) have been devastated by acid mine drainage pollution than are protected in the  National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in the U.S.
•  Between 1,000 and 40,000 tons of radioactive waste are produced for every ton of marketable uranium.•  Wastes, including arsenic, lead and radium-226, brought to the surface as a normal consequence of oil and gas  drilling in the Gulf of Mexico have resulted in the creation of a 5000 square kilometer “dead” zone on the sea floor.
•  Transportation – Every year, Americans abandon 3 million cars.
•  Water / Land – Each toilet flush uses about 6 gallons of water and a 5 minute shower can use 35 gallons.  A leaky toilet can waste 90,000 gallons of water every year.
•  Over half (53%) of the wetlands in the lower 48 states were lost between the late 1700s and mid 1980s.  About  100 million acres of wetlands remain today in the lower 48, representing less than 5% of the landmass in the  continental United States.

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
EPI ranks the world's countries environmental policies and was developed from the Pilot Environmental Performance Index (first published in 2002 by Yale University's Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia's Center for International Earth Science Information Network in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and designed to supplement the environmental targets set forth in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. While the ESI gauges a country's environmental trajectory, the EPI addresses the need for a measure of policy performances in "reducing environmental stresses on human health and promoting ecosystem vitality and sound natural resource management"[1].The EPI is lauded as more outcome-oriented than the Environmental Sustainability Index and more accessible to policymakers and the general public. It is also claimed to be more useful to environmental scientists. (Wikiprogress).

TOP 30  COUNTRIES HIGHEST EPI SCORES

COUNTRY

EPI

Switzerland

76.69

Latvia

70.3

Norway

69. 92

Luxembourg

69.2

Cost Rica

69.03

France

69

Austria

68.92

Italy

68.9

United Kingdom

68.82

Sweden

68.82

Germany

66.91

Slovakia

66.91

Iceland

66.28

New Zealand

66.05

Albania

65.85

Netherlands

65.85

Lithuania

65.5

Czech Republic

64.79

Finland

64.4

Croatia

64.16

Denmark

63.61

Poland

63.47

Japan

63.36

Belgium

63.02

Malaysia

62.51

Brunei

62.49

Colombia

62.33

Slovenia

62.25

Taiwan

62.23

Brazil

60.9

Source: http://epi.yale.edu/sites/default/files/downloads/2012-epi-full-report.pdf