Top 10 Critical Causes of Environmental Issues in 2017
Our planet’s environment is at risk. This is a prominent topic in the news today. Damage to our planet does not discriminate. To start addressing these problems and to create a healthier planet for ourselves and the future, we need to analyze the causes of our current environmental issues. We at All American Environmental are dedicated to protecting the planet. Here are some potential culprits.
Overpopulation may be the most aggressive item on the list. Our current population is exploding, largely in underdeveloped areas. Supporting more people means more demand for fresh water, more use of natural resources, addressing local environmental issues, more damaging food production and energy production practices, etc.
Natural Resource Extraction
It’s amazing to think how many of our natural resources replenish themselves. However, this process takes time. Many natural resources are being used quicker than they can rebuild. In addition, extracting the natural resources can often cause environmental problems as well.
Our environment needs to maintain a very delicate balance for many species of animals, insects, and plants to survive. Deforestation delivers a powerful blow to this balance, and countless species have already become extinct. Because trees ingest CO2 and release oxygen, fewer trees also limit our planet’s ability to filter excessive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide is a natural part of our environment. However, it’s being released in excessive amounts because of fossil fuel use, certain agricultural practices, etc. This excess CO2 is among the leading greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.
Our population produces massive amounts of waste. Inefficient disposal can contaminate our soil, water, and even our air by releasing damaging gases.
The transportation industry has fortunately received a lot of pressure and attention regarding its energy use. While renewable energy options are growing, the remaining fossil fuel use is still causing issues by depleting natural resources, releasing carbon monoxide, etc.
As the population has grown, so has the need for food. To produce enough food with minimal time, expense, and effort, many segments of the industry have turned to practices that damage the environment.
Urban sprawl is the process in which people move out of centralized, compact cities into more rural areas. By spreading out, we do extensive damage to the environment and disturb natural habitats.
Industrial Air Pollution
Many manufacturing practices lead to the output of unhealthy chemicals and greenhouse gases. This can contribute to climate change, affect animals and plant life, and cause several health issues for people.
Using certain fossil fuels can be problematic not only because it depletes our natural resources, but because extracting the fuel and harnessing its energy can also emit dangerous gases.
We share this planet, and rely on the environment it provides for us. For this reason, everyone should be concerned about saving it. At All American Environmental, these issues are close to our hearts, and we’re honored to be part of the effort to preserve our planet.
If you are experiencing issues with your soil or groundwater, oil tank, asbestos and more, please do not hesitate to call All American Environmental today. Our expert team of environmental professionals is here to help you.