Shocking facts about environmental pollution, chemical use, ocean dumping, deforestation, oil spills, recycling and more.
Studies show that traffic and air pollution are to blame for 12% of heart attacks worldwide.
In Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, there are no light switches or water taps. Light and water are motion activated, helping to cut their usage in half.
The automobile is the most recycled product in the world. More than 80% of it's weight is recycled.
According to the World Health Organization, 7 million people died prematurely due to air pollution in 2012.
Container ships loose more than 10,000 containers per year. There are hundreds of thousands of containers at the bottom of the world's oceans.
Every year 50,000 square miles of forest are lost, enough to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania.
The biggest garbage patch in the world is found in the Pacific Ocean. It's made up of tiny plastic particles which can't be seen, but pose danger to all marine life. By preventing reflecting sunlight the plastic starves the algae and plankton living below.
More than 1.6 million trees are cut down every day to fuel the tobacco industry. Burning wood is used to dry the tobacco leaves. On average, one tree is cut down for every 300 cigarettes.
More than five billion pounds of pesticides are used each year worldwide. More than half are used by farmers, causing 25 million pesticide poisonings each year.
It's estimated that over 700 million gallons of oil are dumped into the oceans each year.
During the month of December the southern hemisphere receives the most daylight of any month, while the northern hemisphere receives the least.
The Recycled Instruments Orchestra of Cateura in Paraguay plays instruments made entirely of pieces found in the trash.