What destroys the environment?
According to the new 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), air pollution is the greatest environmental threat to public health.
It is known that air pollution is dangerous for people. But in a recent Environmental Performance Report, air pollution was found to be the main environmental threat to public health.
In 1950, the world produced more than 2 million tons of plastic annually. By 2015, this annual production had grown to 419 million tons and worsened plastic waste in the environment.
A report in the scientific journal Nature found that nearly 14 million tons of plastic currently enter the oceans each year, damaging the habitats of wildlife and the animals that live in them. Research has shown that if nothing is done, the plastic crisis will grow to 29 million metric tons per year by 2040. If we include microplastics, the cumulative amount of plastic in the ocean could reach 600 million tons by 2040
Air Pollution: How You Can Help
There are many jobs in the environment and health industry. Air quality inspectors are on the front lines and help identify businesses that are causing severe pollution. Environmental law is another area where you can influence change through litigation to force companies to reduce emissions. Education, by scientists and through the private sector, teaches people about air pollution and its many dangers. Corporate America is always looking for cheaper forms of energy or ways to increase the return on investment on the energy they purchase. There is also potential for discovering new ways to generate electricity that don’t pollute the air, such as generating power from growing algae.
2020 has been a strange year. With so many people forced to stay at home, the amount of pollution from driving has decreased so dramatically that it has closed the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
We mentioned planting more forests above, and unfortunately at a time when we need more forests, trees are being cut down at an alarming rate. Deforestation is a rapidly growing problem in regions such as Africa and Central and South America. Not only does this mean fewer trees, and less oxygen for wildlife to hunt and transport, deforestation means a serious decrease in nature’s resistance to global warming – there is no threat. 1 on our land now. Removing trees also results in a drier climate, as trees draw in groundwater to release into the air.
Our tropical rainforests, which are essential to climate stability and human survival, are being cut down at breakneck speed – one and a half hectares of rainforest are being lost every second. Humans have already cut down about 50% of the rainforest that once existed on the planet, and at the current rate of destruction, we will completely destroy the rainforest in the next 40 years. If rainforests are so important, why are they so carelessly destroyed? Short-sighted governments and multinational logging companies see logging as a way to make money by selling timber – they don’t consider the long-term effects. (texajp_7)