The Page That Counts :: Summer 2008

Percentage of plastic bags that end up in the trash: 99

Percent reduction of plastic bag use in Ireland after the government began taxing bags in 2002: 95 [1]



Number of days of workers’ paid vacation or other leave mandated by the U.S. government: 0

Number of other developed countries that have no paid leave requirement: 0

Number of days of paid annual leave granted to Japanese workers, the second lowest among developed nations: 10

Proportion of U.S. workers who receive no paid leave or paid public holidays: 1 in 4 [2]



Photo by Richard Ling (cc)

Number of years scientists believed the Jurassic shrimp neoglyphea neocaledonica had been extinct, before finding a living specimen in the Coral Sea in 2006: 50 million

Percentage of coral reefs protected by law from poaching, extraction, and human-caused habitat destruction: less than 2 [3]



detail from YES! Magazine 13 Best Energy Ideas graphic

Number of dollars the U.S. government spends annually on renewable energy research: 1.5 billion

Number of dollars of revenue ExxonMobil generates in one day: 1 billion [4]



Detail of a shredder in action. Photo from wikipedia

Number of dollars the federal government spent on contracted paper shredding in 2000: 452,807

Number of dollars spent on shredding in 2006: 2.9 million

Number of dollars spent on shredding in the first half of 2007: 2.7 million [5]



Number of New Yorkers who “saw something and said something,” following the advice of public transportation anti-terrorism posters: 1,944

Number of terrorists arrested due to these reports: 0

Percentage increase in risk of cardiovascular disease between someone who does not worry about terrorism versus someone who does: 300-500 [6]



A Soldier carries a wounded Iraqi child into the Charlie Medical Centre at Camp Ramadi. Photo by Lance Cpl. James F. Cline III

Lies told by top Bush administration officials leading up to the Iraq war: 935 [7]

Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons: 4.5-5 million [8]

Percentage of women and girls working as prostitutes in Damascus, Syria, who are Iraqi refugees: 70-80 [9]



The souped-down 1959 Opel T-1 that achieved 376.59 miles per gallon in a 1973 contest. Photo by Cosmopolitan Motors

Miles per gallon a car got in a 1973 contest sponsored by Shell: 376.59 [10]



Potential dollar amount of sales of green products in 2008: 104 billion

Percentage of adults who have difficulty finding the green products and services they’d like to buy: 42 [11]




More Page That Counts

YES! Magazine graphic
Winter 2008

Percentage of Iranians who favor normal relations and trade with the United
States: 68
Percentage of Iranians who strongly support a
democratic system: 79

YES! Magazine graphic
Spring 2008

Amount by which U.S. rice production was subsidized in 2003: $1,279,000,000
Percentage of Honduran rice farmers who have lost their jobs due to U.S. rice dumping: 92


  1. "Plastic-Bag Planet," Liz Stevens, Fort Worth Star Telegram, 23 June 2004.

  2. “No-Vacation Nation,” Rebecca Ray and John Schmidt, The Center for Economic and Policy Research, May 2007.

  3. “Census of Marine Life 2006 Highlights,” 2006.

  4. “Global Warming by the Numbers,” Environmental Defense Action Fund, January 22, 2008.

  5. “Bush Secret Shredding Soars,” John Cook, Radar, December 14, 2007.

  6. “Living in Fear and Paying a High Cost in Heart Risk,” John Tierney, The New York Times, January 15, 2008.

  7. “False Pretenses,” Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith, The Center for Public Integrity.

  8. “The Iraqi Displacement Crisis,” Refugees International, March 3, 2008.

  9. “Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria,” Katherine Zoepf, The New York Times, 29 May 2007.

  10. “Hybrids, Meet Your Rival – It Gets 376.59 mpg,” Mike Lewis, The Seattle Times, February 20, 2008.

  11. “2007 National Technology Readiness Survey,” as cited in "National Survey Finds Consumers Likely to Spend $104 Billion on Green Technology Products Per Year," Robert H. Smith School of Business, March 12, 2008.

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