Country vs country: Germany and United States compared: Environment


STAT Germany United States HISTORY
Acidification 51.88%
Ranked 8th. 4 times more than United States
Ranked 25th.

Areas under protection 7,315
Ranked 2nd. 2 times more than United States
Ranked 7th.

CO2 Emissions 837,425
Ranked 6th.
5.76 million
Ranked 1st. 7 times more than Germany

CO2 emissions > Kt 805,039.5 kt
Ranked 6th.
5.79 million kt
Ranked 1st. 7 times more than Germany

Carbon efficiency 1.19 CO2 emissions/$ GDP
Ranked 66th.
1.77 CO2 emissions/$ GDP
Ranked 42nd. 49% more than Germany

Current issues emissions from coal-burning utilities and industries contribute to air pollution; acid rain, resulting from sulfur dioxide emissions, is damaging forests; pollution in the Baltic Sea from raw sewage and industrial effluents from rivers in eastern Germany; hazardous waste disposal; government established a mechanism for ending the use of nuclear power over the next 15 years; government working to meet EU commitment to identify nature preservation areas in line with the EU's Flora, Fauna, and Habitat directive air pollution resulting in acid rain in both the US and Canada; the US is the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels; water pollution from runoff of pesticides and fertilizers; limited natural fresh water resources in much of the western part of the country require careful management; desertification

Ecological footprint 6.31
Ranked 14th.
Ranked 2nd. 94% more than Germany

Endangered species protection 100%
Ranked 2nd. 14% more than United States
Ranked 39th.

Known mammal species 76
Ranked 112th.
Ranked 4th. 6 times more than Germany

Marine fish catch 194,921 tons
Ranked 40th.
3.33 million tons
Ranked 7th. 17 times more than Germany

Municipal waste generation 540 kgs per person per year
Ranked 12th.
760 kgs per person per year
Ranked 1st. 41% more than Germany

Pollution > Nuclear waste 450
Ranked 6th.
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than Germany

Protected area 27%
Ranked 6th. 2 times more than United States
Ranked 26th.

Waste generation 340 kgs per person per year
Ranked 11th.
460 kgs per person per year
Ranked 4th. 35% more than Germany

Water > Availability 1.35 thousand cubic metres
Ranked 99th.
7.09 thousand cubic metres
Ranked 47th. 5 times more than Germany

SOURCES: Stockholm Environment Institute at York, Acidification in Developing Countries: Ecosystem Sensitivity and the Critical Loads Approach at the Global scale, 2000 via ciesin.org; World Resources Institute; World Resources Institute. 2003. Carbon Emissions from energy use and cement manufacturing, 1850 to 2000. Available on-line through the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) at Washington, DC: World Resources Institute; World Development Indicators database; Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Living Planet Report 2000, Gland, Switzerland: 2000, and Redefining Progress.; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Report on National Reports Required Under Article VIII, Paragraph 7(a), of the Convention, Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Gigiri, Kenya, April 2000; FAOSTAT on-line database; OECD Environmental Data Compendium: 2002; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, OECD Environmental Data Compendium; Jacaranda Atlas; Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, WaterGAP 2.1B, 2001 via ciesin.org


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