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US citizens major polluters

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The US produces 24% of global greenhouse gases and ten times the amount of hazardous waste of the next largest producer. The average US or Canadian citizen also uses about twice as much commercial energy as a resident of the United Kingdom, France or Germany, ten times that of a Jordanian, 50 times that of a Guatemalan, 100 times that of a Vietnamese, and 500 times that of a person living in Chad or Burkina Faso. These are just some of the facts compiled for the Human Development Report 1996, commissioned by the New York-based United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The figures were highlighted in the April issue of Choices, a UNDP publication.

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