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"If every household in the U.S. replaced just one 32 oz. bottle of solvent-based carpet cleaner with hydrogen-peroxide-based carpet cleaner, we could prevent 11 mil. lbs. of petroleum-based solvents and glycol ethers from entering our environment." - Seventh Generation

By 2015, consumer electronics and small appliances will be responsible for almost 30% of all household electricity use. In 2020, the average home is expected to be 5% larger and will rely on even more electricity-powered electronics. (EIA)

Coral reefs suffer from the loss of algae that color and nourish them. The process, called bleaching, is caused by warmer oceans.

Hurricane Floyd brought flooding rains and 130-m.p.h. winds through the Atlantic seaboard in September 1999, killing 77 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Current national recycling efforts reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 49.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent, which is equivalent to the annual GHG emissions from 39.6 million passenger cars.

Households account for around 20% of total energy consumption in the U.S. (EIA). The typical household spends more than $1,900 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save up to 30% or about $600 per year.

Brazilian shoreline in the region of Recife receded more than 6 ft. a year from 1915 to 1950 and more than 8 ft. a year from 1985 to 1995.

Crops withered and Dallas temperatures topped 100 degrees F for 29 days straight in a Texas hot spell that struck during the summer of 1998.

Pacific salmon populations fell sharply in 1997 and 1998, when local ocean temperatures rose 6 degrees F.
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