Saturday, July 31, 2021

Environment And 7 Shocking Facts About It!

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The environment has continually fascinated humankind since the dawn of time. It is so much more than what science has discovered until now. Everything about our environment including humans, animals or plants are unique in their own way. This article will highlight some shocking facts about the environment that you may not believe but are true indeed!

1. Pollution has killed more than 100 million people

Pollution kills humans
Image by Jan Smith, Flickr

Pollution is one of the main environmental problems that is discussed today. Every school and college teaches about the rise in pollution and its preventative measures, and the government is trying to combat this problem in every possible way. Very few people know that the increase in pollution leaves the next generation with a weaker immune system and makes them vulnerable to various diseases.

2. 1 million species have vanished, and others are on the edge of extinction

Animals extinct due to pollution
Image Source: Flickr, Andrew Eason

Due to various human activities and the development taking place around the globe, the homes of animals are being taken away from them. Apart from that, they’re being hunted down for various reasons, which have already led to the extinction of 1 million species. Their safety is the need of the hour.

3. Amount of water on Earth is constant

 

Water on Earth is constant
Image by U.S. Geological Survey, Flickr

Well, yes!! That is true. Water on Earth has always been constant. It’s just that with an increase in population, we feel that the amount of water on Earth is decreasing. Also, the efficient management of water is not being carried out. How we manage water is the key solution to the problem.

4. Ants can weigh as much as humans

According to scientists, if we weigh 100,000 trillion ants together, their weight will be the same as all human beings. I know it’s hard to believe, but it is true!! I know it sounds foolish, but it’s true.

5. When tiger shark embryos develop teeth, they eat each other in the womb

 

Tiger Shark
Image Source: Flickr, NOAA office of national marine sanctuaries

We have all heard scary tales about sharks. Commonly known as “Sea Tigers,” they are relatively large predators and can attain a length of 5 m. The offsprings of these predators are no less! Their journey of hunting and killing each other begins in the womb itself.

6. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees

Recycle paper
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Today, forest cover is declining at a faster pace. Adding to this fact, I would also like to add that it requires around 450 years for a plastic bottle to degrade. If you are worried about the environment and want to do your part, RECYCLE the paper and the plastic!

7. Natural events can affect Earth far more than humans

Flood, natural disaster
Image source: Flickr, Aidan

 

Undoubtedly, human activities influence the environment to a great extent, but natural phenomena have worse consequences. A very common example the 1883 Krakatoa eruption led to the Tephra particles’ eruption, which lingered in the atmosphere for years. A reduction of 1.2°C was witnessed in global temperatures. As a matter of fact, weather patterns did not return to normal until 1888.

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Kahlil Gibran.

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