According to the Global Footprint Network, the United States has an ecological deficit of 4.4 global hectares per capita, tying it for third with Israel in that category. Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are tied for first, with an ecological deficit of 8.4 global hectares per capita.
On the other end of the scale, Gabon has the greatest ecological surplus at 23.7 global hectares per capita. As a whole, the world has a deficit of 0.6 global hectares per capita. Taken together, high income nations have a deficit of 2.7 global hectares per capita.
According to the United Nations, the United States produced 23% of the world’s electricity generated by wind, which made it rank second in that category. Germany ranked first, producing 25% of the wind-generated electricity.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2006 the United States accounted for 3% of the world’s asparagus exports, enough to make it rank sixth in that category. Peru, which ranked first, accounted for 40% of the word’s asapargus exports.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend about 9.7% of total expenditures on food, which makes the United States rank one-hundred-and-thirteenth in that category. In fact, the U.S. was last among all countries ranked. Azerbaijan ranked first, with 73.5% of total expenditures going toward food.
According to the British Geological Survey, in 2006 the United States produced 15,000 kilograms of mercury, which made it tied for seventh with Mexico in that category. China ranked first, producing 800,000 kilograms of mercury, or 56% of the world total.