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The U.S. ranks 7th in household waste

31 October 2009 Leave a comment

According to the OECD, the Americans generated 450 kilograms per person of household waste in 2005, which makes the United States tied for seventh (with Australia) in that category. Denmark ranks first, at 620 kilograms per capita.

per capita household waste.xlsx

The U.S. ranks 54th in commitment to organic farming

29 October 2009 1 comment

According to the World Resources Institute, 0.51% of agricultural land in the United States is committed to organic farming, which makes the United States rank fifty-fourth in that category. Liechtenstein ranks first, with 29.68% of agricultural land committed to organic farming.

Commitment to Organic Farming.xlsx

The U.S. ranks 1st in cereal food aid donations

27 October 2009 Leave a comment

Cereal Food Aid Donations.xlsxAccording to the World Resources Institute, in 2006 the United States donated 2,235.6 metric tonnes of cereals as food aid, or 75.8% of the world total. As a result, the United States ranks first in that category.

The U.S. ranks 42nd in median age

25 October 2009 2 comments

According to the United Nations, in 2005 the median age in the United States was 36.1 years, which makes the United States rank forty-second in that category. Japan ranks first with a median age of 42.9 years.

Median Age.xlsx

The U.S. ranks 15th in desire for energy efficiency

23 October 2009 Leave a comment

According to a 2008 survey conducted by World Public Opinion, 61% of Americans believe that the government should force businesses to use energy more efficiently, even at the risk of increased cost to consumers. The United States ranks fifteenth out of twenty-four surveyed nations in this category. Taiwan ranks first, at 80%.

Energy efficiency.xlsx

The U.S. ranks 2nd in turkey imports

21 October 2009 2 comments

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2007 the United States imported 7,703,000 head of turkey in 2007, or 14.1% of the world’s total turkey imports, which made the United States rank second in that category. Poland ranked first, importing 12,559,000 head, or 23.0% of the world total.

Turkey Imports.xlsx

The U.S. ranks 13th in human development

19 October 2009 Leave a comment

According to the United Nations 2009 Human Development Report, the United States ranks thirteenth in human development, which is a drop of one place from last year. Norway ranks first. Here are the top 15 countries:

1) Norway

2) Australia

3) Iceland

4) Canada

5) Ireland

6) Netherlands

7) Sweden

8 France

9) Switzerland

10) Japan

11) Luxembourg

12) Finland

13) United States

14) Austria

15) Spain