Americans consumed 13.7 billion gallons of bottled water in 2017 - more than any other beverage by volume - boosting an industry worth $18.5 billion.  67.3% of bottled water sold in the United States is in single-serve plastic bottles.  70% of those plastic water bottles are not recycled.  Globally, about 20,000 plastic bottles are bought every second, the majority of which contain drinking water.  In 2013, Concord, MA, became the first US city to ban single-serve plastic water bottles, citing environmental and waste concerns.  Since then, many cities, colleges, entertainment venues, and national parks have followed suit, including San Francisco, the University of Vermont, the Detroit Zoo, and the Grand Canyon National Park.  
1,436 people were executed in the United States from 1977 through May 2016, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes.
In the 2016-2017 National Hockey League (NHL) season, there were 372 fights out of 1,230 games – an average of 0.3 fights per game.  Fighting in hockey has been banned nearly everywhere outside of the NHL, including youth games, college play, and the Winter Olympics. In the early 1960s, there was a fight in about 20% of NHL games. That percentage increased to 100% by the 1980s, when there was an average of one fight every game.  In 1992, the NHL introduced an instigator rule adding an extra two minutes in the penalty box for anyone caught starting a fight.  Fighting has since decreased: a fight broke out in 30-40% of NHL games from 2000-2012, and every season since 2013 has averaged under 30%. 
The US Mint shipped 8.4 billion pennies for circulation in 2017, more than all nickels (1.3 billion), dimes (2.4 billion), and quarters (1.9 billion) combined.  While countries such as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have phased out their one-cent pieces, Harris Poll found that 55% of Americans are in favor of keeping the penny and 29% want to abolish it. The US Mint produces coins as instructed by Congress, so a law would have to be passed by Congress and signed by the President in order for pennies to be removed from circulation.  Several unsuccessful legislative efforts have sought to bring about the penny's extinction. Most recently, in 2017, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) sponsored ultimately failed legislation that would have suspended minting of the penny. 
Social media creates a huge impact on the self confidence level of todays generation. When somebody opens their phone and scrolls through their instagram and sees a perfect model, then soon begin to believe that is what they should look like. Girls especially have problems with the unrealistic expectations on any social media.
Around the world there has been babies born intersex. Which means they have both make and female genitalia. Should these babies that are born this way be able to grow up and chose what gender they want to be... or should the parents of the child chose right at birth.
Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are becoming a very common occurrence in todays world of sports and athletics. They alter the field of play and create unfair advantages or the users. Should players and competitiors be able to choose if they use them or not considering it is their body they are affecting?
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be seen as definitive proof that widespread use of computers, phones and video games affects students’ capability to focus.Even so, the researchers who performed the studies, as well as scholars who study technology’s impact on behavior and the brain, say the studies are significant because of the vantage points of teachers, who spend hours a day observing students.