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Did you know these top 17 facts about the environment?

At present, our planet seems to be going through tough times, and as our civilization advances, we have been putting pressure on the resources. Until and unless we realize that we all share equal responsibility of caring for and preserving our home for future generations as well. Earth is not only our home but also the place where life as we know it originated, and till date, it remains the only planet where life thrives. We have learned plenty of things about our world, which deepens our fascination with it.


You have lived on Earth all your life, but how much do you really know about it? Well, with all the facts now starting to come to your mind, we’re sure you know plenty. Here are the top 17 facts that will help you connect to the problem areas that are currently affecting life on Earth.


  1. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 120 million people are overexposed to lead (approximately three times the number infected by HIV/AIDS) and 99% of the most severely affected are in the developing world.


  1. Various reports say that India is the 12th largest plastic polluter in the world, with around 0.6 tonnes of plastic waste being pumped into the oceans annually.


  1. India is home to about 1.5 million battery-powered, three-wheeled rickshaws which is more than the total number of electric passenger cars sold in China since 2011.


  1. 43 million tonnes of waste is collected each year, out of which only 25-28% is treated (accounting for 11.9 million) whereas 31 million tonnes of waste is left untreated and dumped at the landfill sites.


  1. According to the United Nations, plastic ingestion kills an estimated 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals every year.


  1. On adding the amount of solar energy absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans every year, we end up with approximately 3,850,000 EJ – equivalent to almost 40% of the energy required to heat the entire volume of water we have on Earth by 1°C.


  1. Fish scales are common ingredients used to make eyeshadow and lipstick.


  1. According to a report by Environmental Pollution, the average person consumes 70,000 microplastics each year, which is equivalent to about 100 bits of microplastic over the course of only one meal.


  1. Researchers around the world have reported that construction and destruction waste constitutes almost 20 to 30% of total solid waste, and about 70% of it is concrete and masonry.


  1. In India, the estimate for the production of biogas is about 20,757 lakh cubic meters in 2014-15, equivalent to 6.6 crores domestic LPG cylinders and 5% of the total LPG consumption in the country today.


  1. Did you know recycling four tires reduces CO2 by about 146 kgs, which is equivalent to 18 gallons of gasoline?


  1. Tires are scrapped at a rate of 1.1 tire/person/year leading to over 300 million tires scrapped per year.


  1. Almost 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into oceans every year from coastal regions which is equivalent to five grocery bags sitting on every foot of coastline around the world.


  1. India’s urban population of more than 430 million citizens produce 62 million tonnes of garbage every year – of which 5.6 million tonnes is a plastic waste, 0.17 million tonnes is biomedical, 7.90 million tonnes is hazardous waste, and 15 lakh tonnes is e-waste.


  1. Almost 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into oceans every year from coastal regions which is equivalent to five grocery bags sitting on every foot of coastline around the world.


  1. Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are sold every minute. Nearly 50 % of plastics used are single-use products such as bottles, plastic bags, packaging, straws, stirrers, spoons and forks.


  1. Central Pollution Control Board estimated the quantum of solid waste generation in India to be to the tune of 48 million tonnes per annum for the year 2000, out of which waste from construction industry accounted for about 12 to 14.7 million tonnes.


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