In the mid-20th century, industrial agriculture seemed to be a technological miracle that would allow food production to keep pace with the growing human population worldwide. It remains a dominant food production system in the US and many parts of the world to date due to its perceived efficiency and reliability. Nonetheless, the known adverse effects of industrial agriculture leave no doubt that it comes with undesirable costs.
This article explores what industrial agriculture stands for today and its negative impact on the Earth.
Fossil records show that over 99% of species that ever lived on the planet Earth have gone extinct. Five mass extinctions that major geologic and climatic events caused were responsible for this disastrous loss. Unfortunately, scientific evidence indicates that the sixth mass action is currently taking place. So what is causing the sixth mass extinction? Read on for what is causing this dreaded problem and expert tips on minimizing the dangers associated with it.
Introduction Scientists have underestimated the efficiency of the biological pump for centuries. A recent study from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a US research institute dedicated to studies in the marine sciences, has revealed this. Before the industrial era, the ocean was a major producer of carbon dioxide, not a carbon sink. However, the study suggests that the ocean is currently overwhelmed and needs a savior. So, what is the biological pump?
Smoking pollutes the environment in several ways and causes over 480,000 death every year in the US. This means it causes more deaths in the country than HIV AIDS, illegal drug use, motor vehicle injuries, alcohol use, and firearm-related damages combined. Remember, this figure refers to the deaths related to tobacco smoking alone. In the present age, electronic smoking, also known as e-cigarette smoking, is also on the increase, and studies have shown that it might have a more disastrous impact on the environment than tobacco.
Carbon makes for an essential component of most organic matter, from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to fossil fuels. However, too much carbon in the atmosphere is a threat to the Earth’s existence. Natural carbon sinks have been responsible for stabilizing the carbon level for years. From the early 1700s, human activity has increased the chemical in the oceans and atmosphere by over 30%. It was 275 parts per million (PPM) then, but today the value has risen to about 400 PPM.
Introduction Arctic sea ice is melting at a rapid rate. According to NASA, sea ice has been reducing by 13% each decade since it started measuring this rate in 1979. But why does the loss of arctic sea ice matter?
You probably don’t realise that arctic sea ice helps to regulate temperatures across the globe. Sea ice reflects about 80% of sunlight into space. This action balances the temperature across the planet.
Introduction Since the beginning of life, humans have exploited natural resources for the materials required to sustain life. That primarily includes food production and economic sustenance, although other substances are also extracted from the natural environment. However, human exploitation of natural ecosystems has long-lasting effects on the future provision of resources and other ecosystem services.
Degraded ecosystems take time to recover from overexploitation, while some might never bounce back even when exploitation stops.
The Most Polluting Industries in 2021 Several industries have driven the climate change crisis despite the stakeholders knowing the underlying dangers. Looking back at the last years, we agree that environmental pollution is at an all-time high in 2021. Many of our animals are endangered. Ultimately, we have felt that we are also in danger as lots of improperly treated industrial wastes pollute the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Out of the 250 million people living by the coast globally, only less than 5 million are above sea level. Unfortunately, the global sea level has continued rising over the last century, and the rate has only increased in recent years. This rise in sea levels means that destructive storm surges will continue pushing further inland than ever before, resulting in frequent flooding.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) is an Oscar winning documentary film directed by @davisguggenheim.
The former United States Vice President Al Gore was filmed in front of an audience, where he aimed to alert the public. The goal was to increase the “planetary emergency” due to global warming, by also showing re-enacted incidents from his life story which influenced his concerns about environmental issues. Gore issued an urgent warning on what must be done, and done quickly, to save the earth.