The world we live in today is vastly different from the one our grandfathers and great grandfathers lived in. More than ever, we are being bombarded with toxic fumes and contaminants from everything around us. These toxins cause (and worsen) disease and make us prone to other health concerns. Our skin is our largest organ and is affected by nearly everything we put on it and ingest.
The environmental impact of the industry has drastically increased over the years. There have been so many environmental issues that have occurred around the world that it’s hard to keep track of. Although this issue may be global, it’s affecting us on a micro-environmental level. We’ve compiled a list of 4 common environmental issues we see that are affecting our planet today.
The automotive sector is facing increasing pressure on environmental performance. With rising fuel prices and growing environmental legislation, automakers are looking for opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint and fuel consumption.
The automotive industry is divided into four broad categories. The first is passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, which accounted for 38% of production globally in 2012 and are estimated to account for 43% by 2017. The second is commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, which account for 10% of global sales. The third is motorcycles, which account for 8% of global sales. And the fourth is motorsports vehicles, such as motor racing and rally vehicles, which account for 7% of global sales.
The earth is fragile, and humans are only adding to the problems. One of the most pressing issues in the world today is pollution. But what does pollution look like, and where does it come from? To give you an idea of how widespread pollution is, here are common environmental issues in the world today.
Ozone layer depletion
We all know what’s bad for the environment—plastic bags, greenhouse gases, and more. But did you know that ozone layer depletion is part of the problem?
Most people don’t know that the ozone layer is also slowly disappearing along with the melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels. The ozone layer, which protects us from harmful UV radiation, is considered “healthy” when the ozone level is at least 2.5 miles thick. Unfortunately, in the last few years, the ozone layer has been declining and is, today, at only 1.5 miles thick, which puts humans and other species at risk.
In September of 2015, researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that global ozone depletion had worsened dramatically since the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, which was the first international treaty designed to protect the planet from dangerous levels of ultraviolet rays.
Global warming is real. Every time a cold front passes or a snowstorm hits, people rush to blame global warming. While it’s true that humans are contributing to climate change, the weather has always been changing. Just yesterday, we had a tornado watch and a tornado. Should we stop blaming hurricanes, floods, and droughts on global warming?
The planet has been warming for centuries, and people have always blamed everything from volcanic eruptions to sunspot activity for the weather. However, it’s increasingly clear that humans mostly cause climate change in modern times. In February 2016, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report showing that humans are causing global warming and that if we don’t act soon, climate change could lead to the extinction of thousands of species and the displacement of billions of people.
Pollution is a word that, for most of us, is something that only affects distant places, something that happens somewhere else and in other places. But the reality is that pollution is everywhere and it affects everyone. Even local residents are impacted by pollution, but, like everything else, people don’t always realize that.
Government agencies, along with private companies, have continued to make an effort to clean up the air and water. Pollution continues to cost the economy billions of dollars each year, but we can clean our air and water through innovation, technology, and education.
Overpopulation is one of the most serious threats to the environment. Population growth has made it difficult to sustain natural resources, such as clean air and drinkable water. Being overpopulated is a major problem because it can cause environmental damage as well as increase the possibility of an increase in human conflict.
The human population will surpass 11 billion by 2050. According to the United Nations, the population of the world is expected to reach 11 billion by 2050. Currently, there are 7.4 billion people on the planet, with around 70 percent of the world’s population living in developing countries. The United Nations also predicts that by 2055, there will be 9.7 billion people on the planet.