Illegal Logging

Imagine that soon there will not be such thing as the Amazon rainforest, a 4 000 miles long place that is a home for 15 mln. species of insects, more than 500 species of mammals, 500 000 species of plants, etc. Deforestation is wiping out the habitats of world’s animal and plant species. From 1970 to 2000 the size of France has been destroyed in the Amazon Rainforest land.

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest brings strong effects on the climate around the globe. Less trees and vegetation lead to less water in the atmosphere which results into higher temperatures. Amazon area is very large and the rise of temperatures will have effect on other parts of the world. Rainforests soak up much of solar energy and release it into the atmosphere. If fewer produced, it effects wind currents around the globe which will effect rainfall. In many parts of our planet, it means drought.

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Greenhouse Effect

Imagine you live on steaming Venus or on freezing Mars. It would be too hot or too cold, wouldn’t it? Because planet Earth is just the right temperature of 13 C. The protecting “blanket” around our Earth is the collection of various atmospheric gases that are called “greenhouse gases” and they protect us like the glass walls against the heat.

Without greenhouse effect our planet would not be warm enough for humans to live. At the same time if it becomes stronger, it could create much warmer temperature conditions than normal and it would create strong problems for people, animals and plants. If the human intervention into the nature through deforestation, factory production of long-lasting industrial gases, burning of coal and oil, etc. does not result info preventive actions than by 2050 over 30 mln. people in Africa will be hungry because it will be too dry to grow crops, about 170 mln. will live in countries with the life-threatening water shortage and such disease as malaria will become world’s most fear wiping out nations.

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Extensive Mining

Imagine that to produce one gold ring generates 20 tons of mine waste. Where does the waste go? It goes into the land, air, animals and us, people.

It is proven that mining industry is statistically one of the major environmentally destructive industries in the world. In the region of Appalachia, mountaintop coal removal demolished over 350 000 acres of forest and almost 1 500 miles of streams. Mining has a hazardous effect on the air. Thus, it effects our health and damages natural areas. It massively pollutes rivers, lakes and seas.

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Reduction in Biodiversity

Imagine there is no fish or mammals in the oceans. Marine species loss is rapidly becoming a threat to the world fishing industry. Due to the devastating effect of industrial fishing about 90 % of large fish have vanished from the face of the earth.

Planet ecological system stays in balance through a very compound and multidimensional collaboration between large amounts of species. The speedy extinction is certainly able to precipitate failures of ecosystems at a global scale. Today 1 out of 8 birds, 1 out of 4 mammals, 6 out of 7 turtles are under the threat of extinction. Earth is not able to keep up in the struggle with humans to regenerate its species.

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Waste Management

Imagine the size of the football field covered with unattended garbage near the area where you live. To add up more, think about taking a breath in the area in question. Unprocessed waste is a top disaster of the poor countries that are not able to properly conduct waste management programs.

Improper trash disposal practices are sources of the environmental health hazards in the country. Untreated and unprocessed sewage is the host of various bacteria that is responsible for different infectious diseases. The danger of unattended trash greatly threatens children who are quick to pick up the microbes. Such countries as India are growing in garbage. The cities annually generate over 100 mln. tons of solid waste. According to Indian Environment Minister if there was a Nobel Prize for filth, India could surely win it.

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Oil Spill

Imagine you are a fish. You are swimming in the water when you decide to take a breath of fresh air. As you take a breath, you see a large amount of thick oil surrounding you. You dive back under the water to find other sea animals die one by one because of the damage oil has on their bodies. This is the way animals die in the ocean.

Oil spill occurs when people are careless and do mistakes that result into oil tanker leak into the ocean. On March 24, 1989 tanker Exxon Valdez crashed on undersea reef and spilled 10 mln. gallons of oil into the sea near Prince William Sound, Alaska. 250 000 sea birds and 2 800 sea otters were killed. It took 10 000 people, 1 000 boats, 100 planes as well as Army, Navy and Air Force to clean up the mess. Side effects on nature are seen even today. Animals die because of hypothermia that causes the body temperature to go extremely down. Oil enters their liver and lungs. Oil blinds animals. Birds die because if their feathers are covered in oil, they will try to clean it and poison themselves. Oil spill is a great reason why animals become endangered. Certain types of sea inhabitants today are so small that they can soon become extinct.

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Drinking Water Shortage

Imagine that 5 mln. people die annually from the poor drinking water, filthy home environment and bad sanitation practices. It’s a fact. When some people are accustomed to daily watering their lawns, others are bound to gather rains drops in the dirty buckets in order to stay alive.

Daily insufficient access to clean drinking water is a problem for almost 884 mln. people on our planet. Scarce water access for waste disposal and sanitation purposes is a sad reality for 2.5 bln. people. Overuse and pollution of essential water resources is harmful and is causing hazard for planet’s biodiversity. Wildlife and vegetation are primarily dependent upon sufficient freshwater resources. Water being a number one means for human survival sometimes results in diseases, droughts and even warfare.

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Acid Rains

Imagine a rain that causes hazardous damage to your animals and plants in your own garden. It is called acid rain, namely acidic rain that has unusual high levels of hydrogen ions. The major cause of such rain is nitrogen and sulfur composites from human sources, such as factories, motor vehicles and electricity generation. Coal power plants and factories are among of the most polluting. Before converted to acids and deposited, gases are carried hundreds of kilometers in the atmosphere and create threatening conditions for crops, cattle and humans.

Acid rain brings about acidification of lakes and rivers and contributes to the destruction of trees and many forest soils. It causes the deterioration of building materials and paints as well as statues, unique buildings and sculptures that often are part of each country’s cultural heritage. Before the acid rain actually reaches the earth, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide gases essentially contribute to visibility deprivation and damage public health.

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Ozone Layer Depletion

Imagine no ozone layer. It would be a global catastrophe because the layer that protects people from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays would not be there. Being responsible for the absorbance of these rays, ozone layer prevents humanity from having vital environmental and health related issues, cancer being one of them.

If ozone decreases in stratosphere and appears present in the lower atmosphere, people will be challenged by yet another greenhouse gas and a strong pollutant that will contribute to the global problems of climate change and global warming. Antarctica was the very early victim of ozone depletion. A massive hole right about it now is causing a great threat not only to the continent but to the whole planet that can be influenced by the melting icecaps.

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Nuclear Pollution

Imagine a very dangerous type of pollution. It’s nuclear pollution. On April 26, 1986 reactor number four at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine had a meltdown. The consequential fire sent a cloud of live threatening radioactive fallout over a huge geographical area, including former Soviet Union countries, Eastern, Western and Northern Europe. The plume drifted over large parts of the western Soviet Union, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Europe. Huge areas in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus were evacuated, with over 336 000 people relocated. According to the official post-Soviet information around 60 % of the fallout went into Belarus.

Chernobyl event is measured as a worst nuclear power plant accident in world history. It is the only level seven accident on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Down’s syndrome, chromosomal aberrations, neural tube defects, thyroid cancer are among the resulting outcomes of the deadly event, not considering the thousands who died from the radiation and its effects. Chernobyl for humanity is a reminder that man caused mistakes and unprofessionalism can entirely wipe the people’s race from the face of the earth.

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Loggers who work for “Turama Forest Industries” bulldoze through the forest near Morere to extract trees which have been felled, in the 'Turama extension' logging concession, Gulf Province. In 1995, the Papua New Guinea government granted 1.7 million hectares as a logging ‘extension’ to “Turama Forest Industries” – the extension was almost 10 times bigger than the original concession. The timber permit for this new concession, called Turama Extension is valid for 35 years (until 2030).
09/06/2008 © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Ferrybridge, UK, coal fired power station, power plant.
11/01/2005 © Steve Morgan / Greenpeace
Iron ore mine in Brazilian rainforest.
03/01/1997 © Bernd Euler / Greenpeace
Japanese whaling fleet kill a whale. The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. In the end, they drown the mammal beneath the harpoon deck of the ship to kill it.
01/07/2006 © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Greenpeace visits Ghana to investigate workplace contamination from e-waste recycling and disposal in the country and uncovers evidence that e-waste is being exported, often illegally, to Ghana from Europe and the US. In the yards, unprotected workers, many of them children, dismantle computers and TVs. The remaining plastic, cables and casing is either burnt or simply dumped.
04/09/2008 © Greenpeace / Kate Davison
Aegean Sea oilspill, north-west Spain. The Greek tanker ran aground near the port of La Coruna. The spill from the tanker, which was carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, threatens the Spanish coast with massive oil pollution.
12/04/1992 © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá
The northern Brazilian state of Roraima, located along the border of Venezuela and the Republic of Guyana, is facing a crisis due to an El Nino-related drought and subsequent fires which have destroyed more than 21% of cultivated land. Damage is estimated at $40 million. The fires alone have affected 1,114 families, or 6,840 people. But the combined drought and fires have affected some 182 indigenous communities in the state, with the Yanomami being particularly hardest-hit. In all, it is estimated that of the total 38,600 Indians in the state of Roraima, 29,488 have been affected by the drought and fire. Nearly 20 % of these are without water and food, and there are serious cases of respiratory disease caused by inhaling smoke from the fire.
04/01/1998 © Greenpeace / Carlos Hungria
Pollutants from the Mae Moh power plant fumes drift on surface of a river, Mae Moh, Kampang province, Thailand. Environmental activists and villagers in the Mae Moh area believe that emissions from the Mae Moh power plant are the principal cause of respiratory disease in this area. An abnormal number of villagers in vicinity of the power plant are dying of respiratory related illnesses. Farmers in the area claim that acid rain caused by the plant is damaging crops and trees.
03/01/2005 © Greenpeace / Yvan Cohen
Greenpeace protest outside the ICI AGM in London over the continued production of ozone destroying chemicals, despite the existence of ozone-friendly alternatives. The activists dressed in white suits, sunglasses and sunblock to draw attention to increased damage to the ozone layer over Europe as reported by NASA the previous day.
05/01/1992 © Greenpeace / Robert Morris
The city of Prypyat, Chernobyl zone. The picture is taken by ALyosha's producer Vadym Lysytsia during the shooting of the music video for the song Sweet People in April 2010.
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