Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Happy Earth Day
I'm no tree hugger but remember how much we love our planet! Even if she can't make up her mind about what season it is! You can check out the entire history of Earth Day here (no lie, you really can). Some of it is pretty interesting, for example:
-In 1996, the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list, reflecting its recovery since the 1972 DDT ban.
-In 1972, only 36 percent of the nation's assessed stream miles were safe for uses such as fishing and swimming: today, about 60 percent are safe for such uses.
-To date, more than 18 million homes have been tested for radon. Approximately 575 lives are saved annually due to radon mitigation and radon-resistant new construction.
-The number of chemicals listed in EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory nearly doubled, from 328 in 1990 to 644 in 1999.
-Today, the vast majority of American households have safe drinking water, and receive annual reports on the quality of their drinking water.