Stuck In Traffic: Transportation In America. Over the past 30 years, the time Americans spend in traffic each year has increased a stunning 525%. Millions of new drivers got on the road, which, combined with urban sprawl and the endless re-construction of the nation’s aging roadways, lengthened commutes to all-time highs in 2005, creating a painful drag on commerce and the economy. Read more at forbes.com.
U.S. Fishing Industry Waste Costs $1 Billion Per Year. For an industry that represents 82 billion dollars in the U.S. economy, this is a big problem. Currently, the fishing industry offers 1.2 million jobs, but the money lost through bycatch could mean as much as 60,000 fewer jobs per year. Read more at treehugger.com.
Maximizing Water Efficiency. Depending on their age, older faucets, toilets and urinals could be using 70 to 80 percent more water than newer equivalents. Newer toilets offer the greatest savings: older models typically use between 3.5 and 5 gallons of water per flush compared to between 1.28 and 1.6 gallons per flush for newer models. Read more at environmentalleader.com.