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The Statistics Of How We Spent 2012

A lot happened this year. For better or worse, we dug up the data on what the people of the world did in 2012.

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...Produced 2.6 Trillion Pounds of Garbage...

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In 2012, the world produced 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage. 490 billion pounds came from the USA and 9 billion pounds came from NYC. It's the equivalent of 7 million Empire State Buildings.

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...And Left a Trail of 13x More Bits of Information Than There Are Grains of Sand on the Earth.

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That's quite the digital paper trail. This year, we collected 1 zetabyte of data (37% of all the digital data that's ever been collected). That's 10^21 bytes, or 9.44 x 10^21 0s and 1s, which is 13x more than the number of grains of sand on the earth.

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