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Top 5 Most Urgent Environmental Problems

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These five megatrends present major global threats for planet Earth - problems that must be solved if the world is to remain a supportive habitat for humans and other species. DW looks at causes and possible solutions.

https://www.dw.com/en/five-of-the-worlds-biggest-environmental-problems/a-35915705
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1. Air pollution and climate change.
2. Deforestation.
3. Species extinction.
4. Soil degradation.
5. Overpopulation.
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How can we"solve" these issues?
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M0st urgently, we need to focus on adopting a systemic approach to looking at all environmental issues.

The reason for that is that no part of flora or fauna exists without another part. This is also the reason why every one tiny change (for example, a complete removal of bees from the face of the earth) is sending the Earth’s natural environment into a downward degradation spiral.

So, we have to focus on all of our environmental issues, at once. We as a species have to look at all our activities differently.
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Animal extinctions have several causes including climate change, human influence on habitat and hunting.
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Most of the environmental problems we are facing at the moment can all be traced back to the same issue: atmospheric CO2. Too many of the current and pending issues are link to this one problem. Smog, drought, desertification, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, flooding, severe weather events, sea level rise and increasing intensity and duration of forest fires can all be linked to human induced climate change.
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Chemical pollution, waste, plastics and other products impact significantly on the environment.
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The question is asking what symptoms we should address first. A comprehensive answer would reply that we should be addressing the root cause.

The root cause: industrial consumerism. The solution: completely changing our way of life to something that is not ultimately self destructive. An inclusive social dialog would map out the shape of that solution. Do you think that dialog can actually happen?
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1. Waste Disposal
2. Climate Change
3. Loss of biodiversity
4. Ecosystems and Endangered Species
5. Pollution
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The question is asking what symptoms we should address first. A comprehensive answer would reply that we should be addressing the root cause.

The root cause: industrial consumerism. The solution: completely changing our way of life to something that is not ultimately self destructive. An inclusive social dialog would map out the shape of that solution. Do you think that dialog can actually happen?
In an ideal world, it is possible but who knows?
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1. Waste Disposal
2. Climate Change
3. Loss of biodiversity
4. Ecosystems and Endangered Species
5. Pollution
Isn't lack of biodiversity part of your #4?
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Anthropogenic induced climate change. The impacts of which are already being felt around the world, and will continue to worsen as we fail to bring our carbon emissions under control. The level of CO2 in the atmosphere is currently about 407ppm (parts per million), and scientists believe we need to reduce this to a safe level of 350ppm. However, we are still increasing the level of CO2 and haven’t yet reached peak emissions.

This means that we are effectively locking future generations (and even current generations) in to a climate system which will become increasingly unstable and potentially unpredictable. In order to see changes in our climate, we will first and foremost see changes in our weather (climate is defined as the average weather conditions over a period of time).
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Anthropogenic induced climate change. The impacts of which are already being felt around the world, and will continue to worsen as we fail to bring our carbon emissions under control. The level of CO2 in the atmosphere is currently about 407ppm (parts per million), and scientists believe we need to reduce this to a safe level of 350ppm. However, we are still increasing the level of CO2 and haven’t yet reached peak emissions.

This means that we are effectively locking future generations (and even current generations) in to a climate system which will become increasingly unstable and potentially unpredictable. In order to see changes in our climate, we will first and foremost see changes in our weather (climate is defined as the average weather conditions over a period of time).
It does sound scary right?
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Overpopulation is one of the crucial current environmental problem. Natural resource depletion is another crucial current environmental problems. Fossil fuel consumption results in emission of Greenhouse gases, which is responsible for global warming and climate change.
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Consumerism!

This has led to an excessive packaging material, by products and wastage. Though measures are taken to reduce, recycle and treat or dispose the waste, it does not really curb the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, oceans, natural resources, groundwater systems,etc.
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I want to talk about one of the most serious problem i.e. Ocean pollution!

Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic contaminate the world’s oceans, and of that, some 270,000 tons float to the surface while four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the ocean’s deep.

To say that plastic contamination is a massive global problem would be a gross understatement. In India, 70-percent of all collected urban waste ends up in landfills, which are already way over their capacity.
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