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Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap?

Text by Catherine Clarke Fox

source: National Geographic

If your family is like many in the United States, unloading the week’s groceries includes hauling a case or two of bottled water into your home. On your way to a soccer game or activity, it’s easy to grab a cold one right out of the fridge, right?

But all those plastic bottles use a lot of fossil fuels and pollute the environment. In fact, Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world, adding 29 billion water bottles a year to the problem. In order to make all these bottles, manufactueres use 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months.

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 crude第六級[形容詞] 未經加工的;粗野的;粗糙的
 fossil第四級[形容詞] 化石的;守舊的; [名詞] 化石;守舊的人(或事物)
 fuels第四級fuel(加燃料;加油) 的第三人稱單數現在式; fuel(燃料) 的複數
 hauling第五級haul(拖;拉;拖運) 的現在分詞
 tap第四級[動詞] 輕拍,輕叩; [名詞] 龍頭;竊聽器