Cuba is the only country truly developing a sustainable society by providing a decent standard of living for their people without consuming more than its fair share of resources, according to a recent study that looked at the ecological footprints of 93 nations over the last 30 years.
~ New Scientist, October 3, 2007
Yum Brands –which owns KRC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – is now opening about one restaurant per day in China.
~ cnnmoney.com, Sept. 11, 2007
Americans now spend $41 billion a year on their pets – more than the gross domestic product of all but 64 countries in the world. Pet care is the second fastest-growing retail sector, after electronics.
~ Business Week, Aug. 6, 2007
Since the 1970s, the average U.S. home has grown by 80 percent, yet Americans face a ‘storage crisis’ – storing material goods has become an overwhelming burden for many middle-class families. Last year, Americans spent $7 billion on organizational products for their homes, closets, and garages.
~ Mother Jones, July/August 2007
While the U.S. is just 5 percent of the world’s population, we create 45 percent of the world’s total global warming pollution from vehicles.
U.S. banks collected $17.5 billion from their customers last year in overdraft fees, up from $10.3 billion in 2005.
~ Center for Responsible Lending, July 11, 2007
Bank of America is ‘blanketing the nation’ with its branch offices. With 5,700 nationwide, the bank has five times more branches than its two largest competitors, JPMorgan Chase and Citi.
~ Forbes.com, October 1, 2007