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The U.S. ranks 3rd in oil production

4 November 2012 2 comments

According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2011 the United States produced an estimated 9,023,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bbl/day), or 10.6% of the world’s crude oil. That is enough to make the United States rank third out of one hundred two oil-producing nations. Saudi Arabia ranks first, producing 11,150,000 bbl/day, or 13.1% of the world’s total. The top ten oil producing countries account for 63.2% of all the oil produced in the world.

The U.S. ranks 167th in rural population

13 September 2012 3 comments

According to the World Bank, 18% of the population of the United States lives in rural areas. This is enough to make the United States tied for one hundred sixty-seventh with Luxembourg and South Korea, out of two hundred one countries ranked in that category. Burundi ranks first, with 89% of its population living in rural areas.

The U.S. ranks 19th in internationally important wetlands

18 April 2012 Leave a comment

According to the World Resources Institute, there are nineteen wetlands of international importance in the United States, which makes the United States tied for nineteenth with India and Pakistan in that category. The United Kingdom ranks first with one hundred fifty-seven internationally important wetlands.

The U.S. ranks 1st in non-methane VOC emissions

17 November 2011 3 comments

According to the World Resources Institute, in 2000 (the most recent year available on their website) the United States emitted 19,042.50 metric tonnes of non-methane volatile organic compounds, which is enough to make the United States rank first in that category out of 217 ranked countries.

The U.S. ranks 2nd in extinct birds

4 October 2011 Leave a comment

According to the World Resources Institute, there are nineteen extinct bird species in the United States, or 17.6% of all extinct bird species, which makes the United States rank second in the world in that category. Mauritius ranks first, with 21 extinct bird species, or 19.4% of the world’s total.

The U.S. ranks 7th in endemic amphibians

26 April 2011 Leave a comment

According to the World Resources Institute, there are 195 amphibian species endemic to the United States. That is enough to make the United States rank seventh in that category. Brazil ranks first, with 454 endemic amphibian species.

The U.S. ranks 8th in cadmium

18 April 2011 Leave a comment

According to the British Geological Survey, in 2007 the United States produced 700 tonnes of cadmium, which was enough to make the United States rank eighth in that category. China ranked first, producing 3800 tonnes.