In the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, there’s a location called “Point Nemo”. It’s not a place that humans live – in fact, there is no land there – not an island, not even a small rock. It is actually the remotest place from any human civilization you can find on Earth. It lies at least 2,688 km (1,670 mi) from the nearest land. It is also called “Oceanic pole of inaccessibility”.Notes 1
On our wonderful planet, there are multiple natural resources that help make life easier. We use trees for making paper products and they provide us with oxygen. We use natural gas to heat our homes and coal to help us produce electricity. Freshwater fish are a staple in the American diet and we pump billions of barrels of oil out of the ground to fuel our automobiles.
But what happens when natural resources become scarce, or worse, when they run out?
What are the implications of such a thing? And how can we create environmental sustainability?
The world is running out of the marine sand, and we are depleting this natural resource by over 40 billion tons on an annual basis. While this seems nearly impossible to imagine, there are several key factors to understand why our sand overuse is becoming a serious environmental issue.
This is perhaps one of the most powerful and thought-provoking quotes I have ever come across. The environment is really something that we all have in common, and we cannot afford to lose it at any cost.
A beautiful short sketch titled “Interview with Planet Earth” by the Irish sketch comedy group “Foil Arms and Hog”, addressing global warming and environmental issues in group’s unique and funny style.
Rainforests are the oldest living ecosystems and without a shadow of a doubt, the most vital habitats on Earth. They cover only 6% of the Earth’s surface but yet they contain more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. According to the current estimates, around 40% to 75% of all biotic species are indigenous Notes 1 to the rainforests.
What’s more, there are probably millions of species of plants, insects, and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. They are responsible for 28% of the world’s oxygen turnover. More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest only, that’s why it has been described as the “lungs of our planet”.
Unfortunately, rainforests are rapidly disappearing due to deforestation. The loss is huge, and probably hundreds or even thousands of undiscovered species going extinct every single day. We are losing them forever.
Who doesn’t want to cut down their cost of living?
Whether it is the expenditure on food, accommodation or luxuries, we want to save money on everything. When it comes to the electricity bill, the scenario is no different. One of the best ways to do that is by installing solar panels on your home. With the expenditure of each kilowatt of solar, it will let your utility bill reduce up to $0. There are even various service providers which can even let you end up with a negative electricity bill when you are having a solar home.
However, it is crucial to understand that you need to act smart to actually conserve energy while being an owner of the solar home.
Disaster experts believe there is a lot more we are capable of doing to avert natural calamities. The key lies in technology, specifically its applications in the disaster management and humanitarian sectors.