Pollution facts

14 billion pounds (6B Kg.) of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.

Americans make up 5% of the world’s population, and yet, produce 30% of the world’s waste and use 25% of the world’s resources.

Human pollution has caused the average length of polar bears’ penises to shrink.

For every 1 million tons of oil shipped, about 1 ton is spilled.

Almost a third of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.

A child dies every 8 seconds from contaminated water.

Breathing the air of Beijing has the same health risks as smoking 21 cigarettes a day.

1 in every 8 deaths on earth are linked to air pollution, a study says.

3.4 million people die each year from water-related causes.

Nearly 700 million Chinese people drink contaminated water.

Breathing the air in Mumbai, India, for just one day is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.

Lake Karachay in Russia is the most radioactive and polluted lake in the world.

In 2012, Humans generated over 49 million tons of electronic waste.

Thousands of marine creatures die by mistakenly swallowing plastic bags that resemble jellyfish.

Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. Each one takes 500 years to decompose.

The Great Wall of China is not visible from space, but China’s air pollution is.

While Beijing’s pollution problem is more famous, the world’s most polluted city is New Delhi, India.

Fish in polluted lakes lose their sense of smell.

The groundwater of 90% of Chinese cities is polluted.

About a third of male fish in British rivers are changing sex due to pollution, especially from contraceptive pills, a research found.

When we account for the pollution costs associated with gasoline, it costs an extra US$3.80 per gallon.

During London’s “Great Smog” of 1952, between 4,000 and 12,000 people died in a few days due to air pollution.

Air pollution causes lung cancer and is also linked to an increased risk for bladder cancer.

Pollution kills more than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals every year.

Air pollution in China increases snowfall in California.

The five worst cities in the U.S. for air pollution are all in California.

In the early years of the 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were seen as the “green” alternative.

40% of Americans are breathing unhealthy air, according to a report by the American Lung Association.

Nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage according to NASA



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