Oil spill disasters cost so much more than immediate recovery expenses. Loss of marine creatures and contamination of natural water resources often result in long term environmental costs and damages. Just one liter of oil can contaminate 1 million liters of drinking water.
Whether a person is referring to what is generally misnamed as the “developing world” or the so-called “developed world”, there can be no doubt about the significant challenges which the societies within these mis-labelled spheres are facing on a social, economic, and environmental basis. The world’s biggest democracy and fastest rising economy, India, is facing “uncontrolled growth of urbanization and industrialization, expansion and massive intensification of agriculture, and the destruction of forests.”
Last week, a motion to stop the extinction of some of the world’s rarest whales, dolphins and porpoises was passed by an overwhelming majority at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea. The motion included protection of New Zealand’s Hector’s and Maui dolphins, as well as the Vaquita – a small Mexican porpoise – and the Hauraki Gulf’s Bryde’s Whale.
Due to its plight in recent decades, the cheetah, which can reach speeds of 70 miles per hour, is considered one of the world’s most endangered species by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The rapid growing population and economic development is leading to a number of environmental issues in India because of the uncontrolled growth of urbanization and industrialization, expansion and massive intensification of agriculture, and the destruction of forests.
A single Indian state is to build a new fleet of coal-power stations that could make it one of the world’s top 20 emitters of carbon emissions – on a par with countries such as Spain or Poland.
Wouldn't it be nice to save energy without really trying? You probably haven’t noticed, but this is exactly what efficiency standards have been delivering to consumers for decades. Congress has gradually moved up the bar for efficiency, which has driven manufacturers to invest in more efficient technologies and make products that cost less to operate over their lifetime.
The total "long-term" carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has already reached 455 parts per million. This level is considered a tipping point.
Estel Grace Masangkay
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