14 Shocking Facts About Garbage

Americans throw away enough garbage every day to fill 63,000 garbage trucks, which if lined up end to end for an entire year would stretch half way to the moon. In a lifetime, the average American will personally throw away 600 times his or her body weight, which for an average adult would leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash at the end of their lifetime.

Heating in Space

The Universe is a place of extremes. What would happen if you were exposed to space without any protection? How does an astronaut keep cool and warm? What about the ship they travel in and the station they live in? How do things not freeze or combust?

Scrap Metal Recycling Benefits

This infographic from Elder Demolition Oregon Demolition Pros explores how demolition companies recycle scrap metal, how recycled scrap metal is used, and the impact on the environment. In the United States, over 150 million tons of scrap materials are recycled which includes 85 million tons of iron and steel, 5.5 million tons of aluminum, 2 million tons of stainless steel, 1.8 million tons of copper, 1.2 million tons of lead and 420,000 tons of zinc.

How Oil Is Formed

Those of us who imagine that striking oil means drilling into a pool of liquid riches might be surprised to learn how wrong we are. Oil is not found in underground lakes, but dispersed through rocks like a sponge. The rocks must be broken to extract the oil, which looks like mud when it is taken from the ground. Nor is it the remains of dead dinosaurs!

Smarter and Greener: The Future of Building

This is an exciting time to be in construction. The challenges of a growing world population and increased economic development across the world are putting an increased strain on our resources and the environment. This challenge is being met across the globe by engineers who are developing new methods of construction.

Which States Use the Most Water?

Water is a necessary aspect of life. In America, this fact is often taken for granted. Now, with the recent devastating drought in California, it’s becoming a more visible issue nation wide. This map and accompanying visualization shows the water use per capita and for different industries for each state and most populated county per state.

Energy Outlook for 2040

As the world tries to become more and more eco-friendly, what will energy production look like in 2040 and what is being done to make the world a greener place? This infographic takes a look at the outcomes predicted by some of the leading environmental agencies.