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Global temperatures in March 2014 were the fourth highest on record.


The percentage of all waste recycled in the United States (double from a decade earlier).


Number of countries recognizing Earth Day.


The number of consecutive months with a global temperature above the 20th century average.


The number of gallons of water the average American uses in a year (the average is half that in most of the rest of the world).

1 million

The approximate number of years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.

2.5 million

The number of plastic bottles Americans throw away every hour. About 1,500 bottles end up in landfills and the ocean every second.

32 million

The tons of plastic produced in the U.S. in 2012. Only nine percent of that was recycled.

One billion

Number of people taking part in worldwide Earth Day activities.

Source: Earth Day Network, Environmental Protection Agency, Recycle Across America, National Climactic Data Center