This Earth Day often comes across as a hippy, unimportant awareness day but as of 2016 it has never been more important. This day is not only to help improve our planet but human quality of life and prevention of loss of life.
This year, NASA reported that our globe hit a terrifying new record: February 2016 ranked as the most unusually warm month ever measured. Pollution kills and endangers more than 100 million people worldwide. More than 1 billion people throughout the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. 5,000 people die every day as a result of drinking unclean water.
We dump 14 billion pounds of trash in our oceans every year, mostly plastic. Pollution kills more than 1 million coastal birds and 100 million mammals every year. People who live in high-density air pollution area, have 20% higher risk of dying from lung cancer, than people living in less polluted areas. Americans buy more than 29 million bottles of water every year. Only 13% of these bottles are recycled every year. Tsunami in Japan during the year 2011, has created a debris of 70 miles, which consists of cars, plastic, dead bodies and radioactive waste.
The United States produces 30% of the world’s waste and uses 25 % of the worlds natural resources.
The Mississippi River dumps 1.5 million metric tonnes of nitrogen pollution in the Gulf of Mexico every year. Every year around one trillion gallons of untreated sewage and industrial waste is dumped in the U.S water. More than 3 million kids under the age of 5 years die every year due to pollution poisoning and diseases. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 6400 people die every year in Mexico due to air pollution.
China is the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide. United States is number 2. Almost 80% of urban waste in India is dumped in the river Ganges. The amount of money invested in nuclear test could be used to finance 8,000 hand pumps, giving villages across third world access to clean water. 88% of the children in Guiyu, China suffer from various respiratory diseases as the area they live in is a huge e-waste site. Every 1 million ton of oil that is shipped, approximately 1 ton from gets wasted in the form of spills.
There are more than 500 million cars in the world and by 2030 the number will rise to 1 billion. This means pollution level will be more than double. Around 1000 children die in India every year due to diseases caused from the polluted water. In India, the Ganges water is gradually becoming septic, especially due to dumping of half burnt dead bodies and enshrouded babies. Chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) that develop due to indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of more than 1 million people every year.
After knowing the facts, It would serve us all well as residents of this planet to make as minimal of a mark as possible on our world since we are not only currently ruining it for ourselves, but over 8.7 million other species.
Using revised methods to calculate emissions, the EPA reported Friday that the United States oil and gas industry releases 9.8 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere each year. That’s 34 percent more methane than regulators previously estimated, according to the Environmental Defense Fund, which also researches and calculates emissions from oil and gas facilities.
The new estimates put the oil and gas sector ahead of the agricultural industry as the leading source of methane emissions in the country. Methane emissions now account for 10.6 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., per the report, up from 9.5 percent in 2013.
A Woman Collects Plastic Bottles Near A River Polluted With Reddish Dye.
Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java, Indonesia.
Choking Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat.
He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family .
Stork Trapped In Plastic.
July 26, 2010, A worker scoops oil near Dalian Port in the Liaoning province of China nine days after a busted pipeline leaked 1,500 metric tons of heavy crude into the water.
Turtle permanently deformed from becoming trapped in plastic.
Journalist Takes Sample Of Red Polluted Water From The Jianhe River.
An oil-covered brown pelican sits in a pool of oil in Queen Bess Island Pelican Rookery, Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began on April 20, 2010. .
Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899.
Koala Lost Her Home.
Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India.
Fishermen Row Boat In Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province.
Fake Hong Kong Skyline For Tourists.
Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands.
Labourer Tries To Clean Up Oil From Water, Dalian, Liaoning.
Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Trash Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province.
Boy Swims In Algae-filled Water, Qingdao, Shandong.
Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Higher Than International Safety Standards.
Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog.
Heavily Polluted River In Jiaxing, Zhejiang.
Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing.
Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province.
Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On Yangtze River.
Child Swims In Polluted Reservoir, Pingba.
Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India.
Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh.