Loss of Biodiversity for the Earth

Every species has a role in our planet, and if one dies out, it can have catastrophic impacts on the rest of us. We do not expect to get all “Butterfly Impact” on you but even a population dwindling can lead to major issues for the human race.

For instance, with their role of pollination, the decrease of the bee population has a direct impact on both the environment and food production. Recently, many other animals are in the risk of becoming extinct, either from being pressed out of their habitats by man or by climate alteration.

This common issue is more challenginf for individuals to combat but we can begin by educating ourselves with the reality and donating to organizations namely the World Wildlife Fund that facilitate the preservation of animals on the brink of extinction.

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This issue is closely connected to deforestation and unchecked habitat destruction so by fighting those two problems as well, we can slow down loss of biodiversity as well.

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The proble of melting Polar Ice-Caps and rising Sea Levels

Climate alteration (are you seeing a trend here?) contributes to another dangerous issue – melting polar ice-caps, which in turn leads to rising sea levels as well. According to the NACD, average temperatures in the Arctic region are rising twice as quickly they are somewhere and the ice is melting and rupturing. NASA satellite photos reveal that the area of our permanent ice cover is shrinking at a proportion of 9% every decade. At that percentage, the Arctic could be entirely ice-free in the summer season by the end of the century.

And if all of that ice melting, where would it go? You forecasted it – our oceans. You probably think that rising tides are just a problem for people in a few isolated areas, but key cities like NY and London could be underwater soon as we do start something soon.

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Manhattan alone has already dreamt up ways to come over the potential rising tides over the few following years, but coming up with solutions after the reality is not enough. So as to reverse the melting of polar icecaps, we must begin at the root of the issue. See our section above on climate alteration to learn what you can do personally to keep global warming from keep going on its deadly course.

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The problem of Oceanic Dead Stages

Along the coasts of heavily populated communities, researches have found more and more dead stages – areas where depleted oxygen levels cannot support marine life. 143 dead zones were found in the world’s oceans, led by high levels of chemicals in the waters. North America’s Gulf Coast has a high concentration of dead stages, which cause fish to become unable to reproduce. You probably think that if you live on land, you will not be affected by oceanic dead stages but if you eat seafood, seaweed, or care about air quality, you will want to ignore this problem.

The good news is that dead stages can be reversed, though it is challenging. The Black Sea dead zone disappeared in 1991 and 2001 due to the discontinued utilization of fertilizers. To find out more about how you can rescue with dead zone cleanups, visit Oceana.org.