At last count, there were about 226,000 trees in New York's Central Park.
Athens organized the first municipal dump in the western world, approximately 500 B.C. Scavengers had to dispose of waste at least one mile from the city walls.
Bamboo is not a tree. It is a wood grass.
Because of an incredible anti-dehydration system, some cactus species release 1/600th the moisture of an ordinary plant the same size. Others are able to drink water from humidity in the air.
Because of their dryness, ability to withstand earthquakes, and 800 degree Celsius melting point (higher than radioactive wastes), scientists say salt bed deposits are the safest nuclear graveyards.
If the fresh water of the earth (only 1.6 percent of the water on the planet) was divided equally among all the people on earth, each one would get 40 million gallons.
If today's ice caps melted completely, sea level would rise across the world by between 200 and 230 feet. This means the Statue of Liberty would be immersed up to her armpits, and the clock face on the Houses of Parliament in London would be under water.
In 1798, a mirage of the French coast was seen from Hastings, a town in Southern England, 60 miles away. A hundred-mile stretch of the French coast from Calais to Dieppe was seen clearly for three hours
In 1859, a shower of fish fell from the sky in Glamorgan, Wales. The fish covered an area the size of three tennis courts.
In 1939, a shower of tiny frogs fell on the English town of Trowbridge. Strong winds had carried them aloft from streams and ponds
In 1940, silver coins fell from the skies on to the town of Gorky, Russia. A tornado had lifted up an old money chest and dropped the coins it contained as the wind carried it long.
In 1950, a tornado plucked some chickens from their coop in Bedfordshire, England. It happened in more than one sense — their feathers exploded because the normal air pressure inside the quills was much higher than the low pressure air of the tornado.
In 1981, a tornado lifted a baby from its pram in the Italian city of Ancona. The baby was carried 50 feet into the air and set down safely 300 feet away — without waking.
In a belt along the equator, there are 3,200 thunderstorms each night, some of which can be heard 18 miles away
In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
Bees must collect nectar from two million flowers to make a one-pound comb of honey.
Boiling water absorbs over six times more energy in changing to steam than is needed to heat the water from freezing to boiling.
Born on November 14, 1963, the island of Surtsey off the coast of Iceland, achieved permanence in 1965 when volcano lava spread over its surface, protecting it from erosion.
By U.S. definition, a "hurricane" is any wind force exceeding 74 miles per hour; in the Western Pacific, such a phenomenon is called a "typhoon" and, near Australia, it's a "willy-willy."
Cars produce about four times their own weight in carbon dioxide each year. The average home produces 50 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
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