According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 70% of disasters around the world are related to the climate. This has risen by twenty percent within the last twenty years. The disasters have taken their toll on the human race with more than 2.4 billion people bearing this burden.
Global warming is one of the greatest environmental issues we currently face. Satellite pictures taken over the years clearly indicated that greenhouse effect is rapidly melting polar ice caps and thus increasing sea levels. Global warming is affecting our planet in more ways than one as seen on the news and other sources. Wildfires, heat waves and droughts are now more common in different parts of the world. Other parts of the world are experiencing hurricanes and typhoons which seem to be happening more frequently than it was the case some time back.
Planetary changes also seem to be occurring more rapidly as compared to some few years ago. Natural habitats are therefore being diminished or altered to accommodate the rising number of the human population, endangering different species. Dangerous chemical wastes from different industries doesn’t seem to be helping the situation either. The toxic spill from these companies is not only killing animals but is making it more difficult to grow plants in different parts of the world.
Over population is one of the most alarming environmental issues we currently have to face. Overpopulation is usually due to a rising number of births, increase in immigration, low mortality rates and other factors. With overpopulation comes poverty, and with poverty comes war and violence.
So just how does one curb these environmental issues? It’s pretty simple actually – education. By educating both children and grown ups on the consequences of neglecting the environment, we are sure to see some changes within the next few years. You can also do a lot of changes in your home, solar power is just an example.