#80 Poverty As the gap between rich and poor continues to grow, poverty not only affects the people living it - it also affects the environment. Poverty puts additional stress on the environment - mainly through deforestation, waste management and population. One cannot ask of
#79 Noise Pollution Most humans are aware that noise pollution is a nuisance and can be detrimental to your health - but did you know it is extremely detrimental to animal and fauna life? Excessive noise pollution - from noisy city streets to production plants
#78 Toxic Waste Did you know that before 1976 there were very little regulations on toxic or hazardous waste? Or, that we are still dealing with the implications of unauthorized toxic dumping? Toxic waste has enormous impacts on the environment. Wildlife, air, soil, water and
#77 Light Pollution Would you be shocked to learn that many scientists believe the biggest change humans have made to the environment is artificial light and light pollution? Yes, light pollution! As night becomes day with trillions of lights flickering around the world - every
#76 GeoEngineering Have you ever noticed drastic changes in the weather - seemingly too abrupt to be caused by nature? Or, saw airplane lines in the sky that don’t seem to dissipate? A bit of research on these questions unveils a likely culprit - geoengineering.
#75 Cosmetics Are you aware that there are thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics and beauty care products? Or, that there are zero laws regulating chemical use in cosmetics? The global cosmetic industry is estimated to reach 863 billion dollars by 2023. Many of the
#74 Waste Management Are you aware that waste volumes are expected to grow from 1.3 billion tons to 2.2 billion tons by 2025? Or, that many countries around the world simply can’t maintain the amount of waste being produced? Every single person on our planet
#73 Offshore Oil Drilling Did you know that over 195 million gallons of oil and gas are spilled into the oceans every year? Or, that our current administration has proposed a plan to open up 90% of Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic to
#72 Methane Emissions Did you know that methane is 28 times more powerful at warming the planet than carbon dioxide? Or, that since the Industrial Revolution methane concentrations in the atmosphere have more than doubled? Methane gas, though not as widely talked about as carbon
#71 Pesticides Are you aware that over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied in the US every year? Pesticides are wreaking havoc on our environment. From insecticides to plant growth regulators - pesticides are toxifying and changing the structure of the planets delicate ecosystems.