~~10 FactS AbOut PollUtiOn~~


:( Polluted drinking waters are a problem for about half of the world’s population. Each year there are about 250 million cases of water-based diseases, resulting in roughly 5 to 10 million deaths.

:( For every one of the 6 billion people on earth, nearly four tons of carbon dioxide is spewed into the air annually

:( World wide, rainforests are disappearing at a rate of one and a half football fields per second.

:( Americans consume 22% of the worlds oil, even though they make up just 5% of the world's population - as a result the past 100 years has seen heat trapping gases increase by 22%

:( According to the World Health Organization, if you are one of the 18 million residents of Cairo:

- Breathing daily air pollution is like smoking 20 cigarettes a day

-You take in over 20 times the acceptable level of air pollution each day

:( The World Bank reported in 2002 that pollution causes 2.42 billion dollars worth of damage to the Egyptian environment annually - equaling about 5 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product.

:( The risk of cancer from breathing diesel exhaust is about ten times more than ingesting all other toxic air pollutants combined, with diesel emissions contributing to over 70% of the cancer risk from air pollution in the USA. – reported by Environmental Defense

:( A recent study from Toronto Public Health estimates over 440 deaths a year in the Canadian city can be directly attributed to traffic emissions.

:( Emissions from ocean-going ships contribute to approximately 60,000 deaths each year, mostly from heart and lung-related cancers. Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong rank within the world’s top 5 busiest ports, and experience a higher impact from emissions-related health issues

:( Americans generate 30 billion foam cups, 220 million tires, and 1.8 billio disposable diapers every year

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