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Statistics Around the World:
- Americans rank seventh among nations in recycling, according to National Geographic and GlobeScan’s 2012 Greendex.
- The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 created the “cap and trade” program, which puts limits on air pollution and allows companies to buy and sell emissions permits. This program reduced air pollution significantly in America.
- The U.S. program to clean up hazardous waste sites is known as Superfund. It was created by a 1980 law after the discovery of such catastrophic toxic waste dumps as Love Canal and Times Beach, which the EPA previously lacked the authority to clean up.The 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global attempt to mirror Superfund efforts in the United States and stop toxic dumping. The treaty, ratified by 172 countries, targets 12 of the most dangerous pesticides and industrial chemicals that kill people and degrade the environment.
- The International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, tracks the world’s progress on preserving natural habitats. Today the agency represents more than 100,000 protected areas worldwide, covering one-eighth of the earth’s land mass.
- The Obama administration issued a rule in December that sets emissions limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The Utility Air Regulatory Group, an industry coalition, has filed a legal challenge to the law.The EPA called power plants “the largest remaining source of several toxic air pollutants” and estimates the new rule might prevent as many as 46,000 premature deaths, 540,000 child asthma attacks and 24,500 ER or hospital visits.
- International Paperjoined the Global Forest & Trade Network in North America, an initiative created by World Wildlife Fund to adopt responsible forest management and trade practices. The company joined the network of more than 200 companies and communities worldwide committed to responsible forestry.
- Royal Dutch Shell scrapped a plan to drill for oil and gas in Alaska’s mammal-rich Beaufort and Chukchi seas in 2013, which is home to walrus, polar bears and whales.
- Fifteen companies, representing 70% of global farmed salmon production, are committing that 100% of their production will be certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council by 2020.
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