An uninhabitable planet — the inevitable future or a risk that humanity can still overcome? Cornell researcher states that approximately 40% of deaths are results of air, water, and soil pollution.
Caused by industrial activities, air pollution is immeasurable harm that kills every day. We frequently hear and read about the big threat terrorism has on our lives. In 2015, France declared a state of emergency, as 130 people became victims of the terrorist attack. All of us heard about it. But did you hear that the same year 48,000 French people died because of dreadfully polluted air?
How can we save the environment?
Polluted air hurts water and soil resources that are cornerstones to life on the Earth. 2 million tons of waste material gets into the world’s water a day. And it gets into the soil, resulting in 3 million potentially polluted sites in European Economic Area and the West Balkans only.
Other results of air pollution are acid rains and ozone layer depletion. Acid rains have an especially dangerous effect on plants, trees, and soil, and even are able to destroy buildings and monuments. Ozone depletion leads to an increase in UVB radiation that is linked to skin cancer and eye disease.
In 2018 the UN’s meteorology experts reported that greenhouse gases reached record levels. Last time it happened 2-3 million years ago. NASA statistics say that global temperatures have already risen by 1.7 degrees since 1880 which will directly influence ecosystems, oceans, and water supplies.