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Fast Facts About Habitat Destruction and Pollution.

  • The amount of U.S. land lost to development more than doubled in the three decades between 1960 and 1990, despite the fact that the population increased by less than 50%. Every year, developers bulldoze an additional 3.2 million acres of land, or 356 acres per hour. (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council. Click here to find out more.)

  • Beach pollution is a problem in every coastal state; in 2006, pollution resulted in over 25,000 days of beach closings and warnings at ocean, bay, and Great Lakes beaches—even given that many beaches aren’t regularly tested, and many are re-tested before warnings are issued. While people can be kept off polluted beaches, wildlife cannot; pollution negatively affects the wildlife who inhabit them. (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council. Click here to find out more.)

  • The U.S. national forests are intersected by over 430 thousand miles of roads—more than eight times the mileage of the Interstate Highway System. These roads cause soil erosion, water sedimentation, and mudslides, and fragment and destroy wildlife habitat. (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council. Click here to find out more.)

  •  In Texas in 2000, more than 33 million pounds of toxic discharge were released into surface waters, and 43 million pounds were released into public sewage. Texas is third in the nation for amount of toxic waste released into waterways. Fifty-six percent of Texas’ major facilities were in “significant non-compliance” with the EPA’s clean water regulations in 2000, making Texas second in the nation for percentage of major facilities in significant non-compliance. (Source: Clean Water Network. Click here to find out more.)