5. Conventional furniture polishes contain toxic chemicals such as d-limonene, a chemical which irritates the eyes, and flammable irritants such as isobutene and butane. According to 2006 reports of the US poison control center, more than 200,000 case reports of exposure to such polishes and cleaning products were registered.
6. Australia has enough unused geothermal power to provide energy for thousands of years! According to treehugger.com, just 1 percent of the available geothermal power in Australia could provide energy for 26,000 years. This very encouraging fact shows how affective alernative energy could be.
7. China’s dependence on coal burning has caused a severe air pollution problem. According to the EU, only 1% of city-dwelling residents breathe fresh air. Air pollutants include sulfates, ozone, mercury, soot and other deadly substances. Many believe this has also caused incidents of lung cancer to rise.
8. The amount of garbage a country produces is truly mind-boggling. In the US alone, consumers dump over 2 million plastic bottles every hour. The amount of trash produced in the US is equal to the weight of the Empire State Building!
9. India’s “National Solar Mission" plan aims to generate 20 Gigawatts of electricity from solar energy by 2020. In its attempt to fight global warming, India’s three-phased solar plan aims to produce 1-1.5 Gigawatts of solar power by 2012. The “National Solar Mission" objectives also include reducing the cost of solar panels and encourage domestic manufacturing of solar panels.
10. The energy spent soley on heating and cooling the home is only 50 percent of the total electricity consumption of an average household! Think how much energy you could save by unplugging your computer, reading a book instead of watching TV or going to bed earlier to avoid having the lights on longer.
I found the top ten facts to be both alarming and eye-opening. However, there is always much more to learn. Explore some ways to save energy to both help the environment and lower your energy costs. Explore Bright Hub’s Green Living channel for many more ideas on this subject.