The Top Environmental Concerns We Face Today

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Thanks to numerous recent studies, it is hard to deny that global warming is a fact and that we need to do our part to help limit pollution. While these studies have helped to raise awareness of various environmental concerns, many people still really only know about global warming. The truth is, there are many different concerns facing the planet. To help broaden awareness and bring some more of these problems to light, take a look at the top environmental concerns that we face today.

Overpopulation

environment_sustainabilityMany people do not consider the population as a threat to our planet, yet it is inevitable that more people can lead to more problems. In certain regions we are already seeing the effects of overpopulation. This leads to shortages of natural resources in the area, such as water, food, and even fuel. Eventually, if these concerns are not addressed, we could begin to see the effects of overpopulation in other parts of the world.

The Loss of Natural Resources

Overpopulation is not the only concern leading to a loss of natural resources. We continue to consume natural resources at an advanced rate. This leads to global warming and climate change. Some of the steps that we can take to fight this include the use of other sources of energy, such as solar and wind energy. The more popular these alternative energy sources become, the more available and more affordable they become.

Waste Disposal

shutterstock_83304640_1To go along with our over consumption of various natural resources is our abundance of waste. The world has always used the oceans as one large dumping ground. We can now see how damaging this can be in the form of large floating plastic islands of garbage that have been discovered in various parts of the ocean.

Loss of Biodiversity

Polluting the oceans has damaged coral reefs and the natural habitat for many oceanic creatures. This has caused a loss of biodiversity in the oceans; though, we are also noticing this problem in other areas. Deforestation has forced the extinction of many species in heavily forested areas, especially in the Amazon rain forest.

Water Pollution

Finding clean drinking water is becoming harder for certain regions. This is exceedingly difficult in areas that are already facing overpopulation. In regions where there is heavy pollution the water is more at risk. In addition to manmade water pollution, we have also noticed regions affected by severe droughts in recent years.

These are just a few of the top environmental concerns that we face today. As you can see, many of them are connected or interrelated. We may not be able to tackle one of these problems without looking at the big picture. As a worldwide community, we may have to take steps to combat all forms of pollution and environmental risks.

Many people are already doing their individual part to help limit their carbon footprint. People are becoming more involved in recycling programs, switching to electric and electric hybrid vehicles, commuting to work, riding bicycles, and cutting down on their overall energy usage. This is a good starting point, but these are steps that are being taken in mostly developed parts of the world. It is in the less developed nations where the need to take action is stronger.

If you are interested in learning what you can do to raise awareness about these issues then perform a search online for local environmental groups and international relief organizations aimed at combating water pollution, waste disposal, and other issues threatening our safety.