The CIA World Factbook

The CIA World Fact Book is a great source of information about nearly any place in the world. If you’re a stats geek, you MUST go there. In fact, if you’re a stats geek, why are you still reading this?
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United States

Environment – Current Issues

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

Languages

English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census)
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Whew! Looks like they put together the English Language Unity Act of 2005 just in time. Because the English language is endangered, like, you know, Christmas and god. (Click on that link. It goes to ProEnglish.org. They want to banish bilingual ballots and other good “unifying” stuff like that.)

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