The environment fascinates each one of us. It is a lot more than what science has discovered about it till now. Everything including humans, animals or plants are unique in their own way. Here, with this article, I highlight some shocking facts about the environment which you may not believe but ones that are true, nonetheless!
1. Pollution has killed more than 100 million people
Pollution is one of the main environmental problems being discussed today. In every school or college, it’s being thought upon, and the government is trying to combat this in every possible way. Fewer people know that it’s the increasing pollution, which is leading the next generation to a weaker immune system and making them vulnerable to having various diseases.
2. 1 million species have vanished, and others are on the edge of extinction
Due to various human activities and the development taking place all around the globe, the homes of animals is being taken away from them. Apart from that, and 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
Well, yes!! That is true. Water on Earth has always been constant. It’s just that the population is increasing, and so 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 to the problem.
4. Ants can be equal to humans regarding weight
I know it sounds foolish, but it’s true. According to scientists, if we weigh 100,000 trillion ants together, their weight will be same as all human beings. I know it’s hard to believe!!
5. When tiger shark embryos develop teeth, they eat each other in the womb
We all know about sharks. Commonly known as “Sea Tiger”, they are a relatively large predator and are capable of attaining a length of 5 m. Offspring of these predators is no less! Their journey of hunting and killing each other begins in the womb itself.
6. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees
Forest cover is declining nowadays at a faster pace. Adding to this fact, I would also like to add the fact 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, then just RECYCLE the paper.
7. Natural events can affect Earth far more than humans
Undoubtedly, human activities influence the environment to a great extent, but natural phenomena have far more consequences. For evidence, read ahead. 1883 Krakatoa’s eruption led to Tephra particles eruption, and it 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