Current Environmental Issues

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Traditionally, environmental issues have been put on the backburner in the past and put behind other critical issues. However, near the end of the twentieth century and currently in the twenty first century people have come to the realization that maybe we should pay more attention to our environment around us. The awareness of the importance of the well being of the environment brings the question “Are we(humans) taking current environmental issues too lightly?”. Unfortunately the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Numerous environmental studies have shown that unless we take serious action to restore the health of our environment, we will be at serious risk. The risks posed to us, wildlife and the environment stem from the loss of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, rapid pollution and the most detrimental, global warming (climate change). Those factors increase the deterioration of the environment exponentially. The continual degradation of the environment will eventually lead to the demise of the human population.
Human consumption of Earth’s natural resources will continue to climb as the human population booms. Developed countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America typically have the highest rates of consumption throughout the world. As time progresses, third world countries continue to develop and adopt technologies such as personal vehicles and electronics. Naturally the countries with the newly adopted technologies will need more resources to sustain and power them. Studies show that the use of electricity rose seventy percent from 1990 to 2008, just eighteen years. Sustainability is a key term when regarding natural resources. Sustainability is the idea of people be...

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