Updated: Nov 24
Top 10 Environmental Problems Our Planet Is Facing
We made an effort to compile and prioritize the list of the top 10 environmental problems facing the world, despite the fact that the list may only be, at best, "subjective."
1. Over Population
The overpopulation of humans is without a doubt the biggest problem the environment is currently facing. Since we are overpopulating the planet, all other significant environmental problems stem from this. In the past 60 years, the population of the world has tripled, putting a strain on all facets of the environment. Every day, more land is developed to accommodate the urbanization of the area. The population increased from 2,555,982,611 in 1950 to over 7,382,200,400 in 2015. The population of the world has actually increased by almost three times, according to the math. Considered in its entirety, that is astounding. That figure is increasing even as we speak!
2. Climate Change
Climate change is the top environmental concern and is also the most divisive and political. The vast majority of climate scientists now agree that human activity is influencing the climate now and that the tipping point has been reached. In other words, it is too late to reverse the environmental harm caused by climate change. The best we can do at this point is control future environmental impact by creating more environmentally friendly energy production methods and reducing the mining and burning of fossil fuels.
3. Loss of Biodiversity
Human behavior has a direct impact on the loss of biodiversity on the planet. The habitats of various species have been destroyed by humans and are still being destroyed today. The elimination of one species has a ripple effect throughout the food chain, upsetting the interconnected ecosystems. The devastating effects of biodiversity loss are likely to continue to plague the planet for millions of years. "The Sixth Extinction" is another name for the current extinction of biodiversity.
4. Phosphorous and Nitrogen Cycles
Although the impact of human activity on the carbon cycle is better understood, the less well-known impact on the nitrogen cycle has a more significant environmental impact. One of the most useful technologies for the human race has been the use and abuse of nitrogen for many years. An estimated 120 million tons of atmospheric nitrogen are converted annually by humans into reactive forms like nitrates, primarily for use in the manufacture of fertilizers for crops and as food additives. Crop runoff into our oceans has a detrimental impact on phytoplankton, which is in charge of generating the majority of the oxygen in our atmosphere.