Number 1 and 2
"The production of automobiles is the world's number-one industry. The number-two industry supplies their fuel. Six of America's then largest industrial corporations are either oil or auto companies. . . A recent British estimate concludes that half of the world's earning may be auto- or truck-related." (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)
All told, human beings add a whopping 70 to 80 million tons of sulfur dioxide to the atmosphere each year, or about five tons of sulfur dioxide every second. Sulfur dioxide oxidizes in the atmosphere to form the main industrial sulfate, sulfuric acid, better known as acid rain. (Earth magazine)
Big River Additives
As of 1991, at least 150 major chemical manufacturing facilities were located along the Mississippi river. 47 of those directly discharge more than 296 chemicals annually into the river. 621 municipal wastewater treatment facilities discharge more than 1 billion gallons of wastewater directly into the river each day. (Izaak Walton League of America)
Poll: Environment Still a Priority
Results of a telephone of random sample of 800 Americans nationwide conduct May 21-24, 1994 by KRC Communications Research of Newton MA and published by Nature Conservancy in August. Margin of error plus of minus 3 percent.
Are you more concerned or less concerned about the environment than you were a few years ago?
More concerned 66% Less concerned 18% Same 14% Don't know 2%
Some people say we need to set aside more land for conservation. Some say we have set aside enough land. What is your view?
What happenned to Reduce?Need to set aside more 65% Already set aside enough 25% Depends on circumstances 5% Don't know 5%
Some say that landowners have a right to do what they want with their land. Some say that some restrictions on landowners are justified to protect plants and animals. What is your view?Restrictions are justified 59%
Landowners can do what they want 30%
Depends on circumstances 9%
Don't know/no answer 2%
The EPA has given Utah State University $500,000 to fit cows with special devices to measure the amount of methane they release when they burp. The grant expands on a similar $300,000 EPA funded study to discover how cow belching contribute to global warming. (Reader's Digest)
The Pain in Maine
Maine warned women and children against eating any lake or pond fish. Others should limit their consumption to six large fish a year. The warning is due to mercury contamination of lakes and ponds in New England. The airborne contamination come from incinerations, smelting, coal burning and cremation. Other New England states are reviewing their data to consider issuing advisories. (Los Angeles Times)