Josh Sevin

Josh Sevin is a graduate student in MIT's planning program. Previously, he was an editor at Greenwire environmental news service and a researcher for U.S. News.

Living

Water, Water Everywhere

5 gallons of water, on average, go down the drain if you leave the tap running while you brush your teeth 30 gallons of water, on average, go down the drain if you leave the tap running while you wash …

Living

To Have and Have Not

5 percent of the world’s human population resides in the U.S. 30 percent of the world’s resources are used by the U.S. 8 motor vehicles are on the roads in China for every 1,000 Chinese citizens 750 motor vehicles are …

Living

Seventy

• percent by which global energy use has increased since 1970 • percentage of the world’s commercially important marine fish stocks that are fully fished, over-exploited, or depleted • percentage of the roughly 3,000 plants identified as having cancer-fighting properties …

Cities

Two

• percentage of the Earth’s surface covered by cities • percentage of the Earth’s surface covered by rainforests • number of miles of highway laid down in Florida each day • percent by which global energy use is projected to …

Climate & Energy

Trouble Right Here in River City

5,270 large dams blocked rivers in 1950 36,500 large dams block rivers today 17 percent of U.S. rivers are currently dammed 600,000 miles of rivers in the U.S. have been impounded behind dams 235,000 miles of rivers in the U.S. …

The Dirt on Pesticides

4.1 billion pounds of pesticides are used throughout the world each year 30 times more pesticides are used today than were used in 1945 30 percent of insecticides are believed to be carcinogenic 60 percent of herbicides are believed to …

Cities

Twenty

• percentage of all endangered and threatened species in the U.S. that are harmed by grazing • number of plant species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food supply • percent by which wind power production has grown per …

Thirty-three

• percent by which energy-efficient windows can cut cooling and heating bills • percentage of the world’s population living in countries experiencing moderate to high water stress • percentage of toxic water pollution caused by personal vehicle use • percentage …

Living

Six

• approximate number of species that go extinct per hour • percent by which electricity demand is rising annually in China and South Asia • percentage of the energy used in U.S. manufacturing that goes toward food processing and packaging …