Facts About the Environment

Knowing Our Environment

Looking At Facts About the Environment

One of the most pressing concerns in today’s generation is the challenge for attaining sustainable development. In a nutshell, sustainable development is rooted in developing a lifestyle that provides comfort and convenience without harming the earth. This philosophy is deeply rooted in understanding current facts about the environment. It asks the pertinent question “How is our current way of living impacting the environment and what should be done to slow down if not reverse these effects as soon as possible?” Being more familiar with facts about the environment is essential in advancing the urgency for sustainable development.

What follows is a compilation of various facts about the environment that all play a critical role in determining how the earth will respond as human populations continue to grow. These facts were researched by qualified government personnel, academicians and researchers using systematic and sophisticated procedures and data analysis to quantify the degree of damage to earth ecosystems.

• Since the turn of the 20th century, more than 40% of all forest cover has been lost to logging and mining activities. Today, the current rate of forest cover lost is at one acre per second.
• Worldwide fossil fuel consumption dumps eight billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.
• In the North Pacific, there is an area twice the size of Texas where most of the world’s water-bound trash eventually collects.
• The largest size of the hole in the ozone layer was almost twice as large as the continent of Antarctica. Even after banning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) via the Montreal Protocol starting in 1987, it will take another 50 years before the ozone hole can be completed repaired.
• Of all the bodies of water on Earth, only 3% are considered fresh water. To this, industries and households are dumping millions of pounds of heavy metals and other toxic substances on a yearly basis. In 100 years, fresh water sources that are ready for drinking without treatment will be impossible to find.
• Nuclear plant tragedies like the one in Chernobyl, Ukraine will make the local area inhabitable for at least 20,000 years.
• Global warming trends have all but eliminated ice cover in the North Pole. According to computer models, in less than 15 years, there will be no ice covering the North Pole in the summer.
• In the last 500 years, human activities have resulted in the extinction of more than 800 species of plants and animals. Another 1,000 species are currently on the watch list for endangered or critically endangered. The primary reason for extinction is loss of habitat.

These are just some facts about the environment but together, they tell the story of the disturbing fact that human activities are impacting the world in a negative manner. By disseminating these facts about the environment, we hope to create greater awareness of the issues affecting our future so everyone can do their part in paving the way towards sustainable development.