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Week of 6.20.08

Quiz: American Excess & Waste

  1. If the rest of the world consumed at the rate Americans do, how many planets worth of resources would be needed to cover this consumption?
    Three
    Four
    Five

  2. How many gallons of water does an American use over a lifetime?
    150,000 gallons
    500,000 gallons
    1.8 million gallons

  3. Less than 4 percent of the world's children are American. What percent of the world's toys do American children consume?
    4%
    15%
    40%

  4. How many plastic bottles does the U.S. throw away every second?
    252
    694
    1,010

  5. How much garbage does the average American produce everyday?
    1.5 pounds
    2.3 pounds
    4.6 pounds

  6. In America, how many pounds of food a year go to waste?
    1.5 billion pounds
    42 billion pounds
    96 billion pounds

  7. If just 5 percent of the food Americans waste was used, how many people could be fed daily?
    500,000
    1.5 million
    4 million

  8. With 5 percent of the world's population, America uses what percentage of the world's energy?
    10%
    25%
    50%

  9. America is responsible for what percentage of the world's automotive carbon dioxide emissions?
    45%
    50%
    95%