“Mother Earth is a source of life, not a resource.” – Chief Arvol looking horse
Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities.
From plastic bags to pesticides – most of the waste we produce on land eventually reaches the oceans, either through deliberate dumping or from run-off through drains and rivers.
Land Pollution & Tree Cut Down
Forest degradation is the long-term reduction in the overall capacity of a forest to produce or provide benefits, such as carbon storage, biodiversity, wood, and other products due to environmental and anthropogenic alterations
Air pollution is the introduction of particulates, biological molecules, and many harmful substances into Earth’s atmosphere, causing diseases, allergies, death to humans, damage to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, or the natural or built environment.
Space Debris and Human Spacecraft. More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft.
Global sea level has been rising over the past century, and the rate has increased in recent decades. In 2014, global sea level was 2.6 inches above the 1993 average—the highest annual average in the satellite record (1993-present). Sea level continues to rise at a rate of about one-eighth of an inch per year.
Higher sea levels mean that deadly and destructive storm surges push farther inland than they once did, which also means more frequent nuisance flooding. Disruptive and expensive, nuisance flooding is estimated to be from 300 percent to 900 percent more frequent within U.S. coastal communities than it was just 50 years ago.
The two major causes of global sea-level rise are thermal expansion caused by warming of the oceans (since water expands as it warms) and the loss of land-based ice, such as glaciers and ice sheets, due to increased melting.Sep 12, 2016
Some 45 million people in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin will be displaced as the cities slip under the waves when global temperatures rise 4 degrees Celsius if nothing is done to curb climate change, according to a study released on Monday.
The displaced population could be cut to 23.4 million if an upcoming climate summit limited global warming to 2 degrees, scientists at the US-based group Climate Central said.
Under the 4-degree scenario, China would be the country most affected, with Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin among its cities hardest hit. Globally, land occupied by more than 600 million people would be submerged.
A 2-degree rise in temperatures would affect areas with some 280 million people globally.
Climate Change a controversial topic for commercial media. The media avoids touching this topic because their customer does not like it. The consequences will slow down the business activity.
Next Generation Challenge
What kind of living environment giving to our next generation?
Most of Hong Kong parent, they give the child the best education, food, toys and living environment. Some parent may buy an apartment to their child when they grew up.
But, do they have a livable environment in future? They may not have a safe food to eat, not have clean air to breath, not have a safe place to live.
You may right if you are thinking the Earth can heal itself. However, do you ever think that does human can survive during the mother nature starts to heal itself? Such as typhoon, hurricane, drought, flood, ice age etc…
Go to Mars?!
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