Population:. As increasing evidence supports the devastating effect humans have on the environment, more people are taking steps to protect the environment and educate others. Controversial Environmental Issues Objectives & Outcomes. This level is considered a tipping point.

The last time the atmospheric CO2 amounts were this high was more than 3 million years ago, when temperature was 2°–3°C (3.6°–5.4°F) higher than during the pre-industrial era, and sea level was 15–25 meters (50–80 feet) higher than today.". rivers in Asia, Africa and South American are polluted. 28. The Center for Food Safety reports in the U.S., genetically engineered foods are prominent in the food supply chain.

Natural resources are finite and are being destroyed by current consumption patterns. In the U.S. there are 12 to 18 million water borne diseases reported in a year, half of which are spread through rains.

Related issues include acid rain, nutrient pollution, ocean dumping, urban runoff, oil spills, ocean acidification, and wastewater.

It is brought about by farming, grazing, clearing of forests, and logging.

"Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food," reports Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Land use: Changes that result in replacing natural vegetation with urban sprawl and farms leads to habitat destruction, fragmentation, lack of free space for people and more carbon emissions, according to the U.S. Greenpeace considers nuclear energy slow and expensive, concluding that the risks far outweigh its benefits. 16.

Extreme degradation leads to desertification due to which 12 million hectares become unproductive annually.

The various concerns for pollution, endangered species as well as the increase in species extinction and different types of pollution, make biodiversity the number one environmental concerns.

15. Ecology and Environment Sciences, National Geographic Society and Ipsos (market research), EWG (Environmental Working Group) website, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), 2019, the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Physics at Florida Atlantic University. (NOAA), Climate Change in the Amazon (World Wildlife Fund), Arctic Ice Melt is Changing Ocean Currents (NASA, Forest Disturbances Under Climate Change (NCBI), Species Threatened by Climate Change (World Wildlife Fund), Climate Change May Shrink Fish Size (BBC), Livestock's Role in Climate Change (UN-FAO), Canadian Oil Sand Extraction Releases Huge Amounts of Greenhouse Gases (San Francisco Chronicle), Current Climate Change Articles (Environmental News Network), Environmental Health News (Climate Change), Water Scarcity and Management (UN-FAO Water), Facts and Figures on Marine Pollution (UNESCO), The North Atlantic Garbage Patch (Wikipedia), Global Warming and Coral Reefs (National Wildlife Federation), Global Warming's Impact on Coral Reefs (NOAA), Marine Habitat Destruction (National Geographic), Marine Ecosystems at Risk from Pollution and Climate Change (Reuters), Threats to Wetlands (World Wildlife Fund), Impacts of Genetic Engineering (Union of Concerned Scientists), Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S (US Department of Agriculture), Genetically Engineered Crops Using Only Roundup Causing Invasion of Super Weeds throughout US Farmlands - New Herbicide (Agent Orange Chemical) Promoted (BBC), Superweeds Pose GM-Resistant Challenge for Farmers (BBC video), Global Forest Resource Assessment 2010 - Key Findings (UN-FAO), Industrial Agriculture (Union of Concerned Scientists), Livestock a Major Threat to Environment (UN-FAO), U.N. Food And Agriculture Organization Warns 25 Percent Of Land Highly Degraded (UN-FAO), Causes (UN-Convention to Combat Desertification), Consequences (UN-Convention to Combat Desertification), Habitat Loss (US) (National Wildlife Federation), Decline of Great Ape Habitat (Africa) (BBC), Habitat Destruction Impacting Amphibians (Save the Frogs), Polluting Planet Earth (World Wildlife Fund), National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (US) (Center for Disease Control), The Doomsday Clock (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists), Natural Resource Extraction and Depletion (Wikipedia), Environmental Impacts of Mining (Wikipedia), Environmental Impacts of Mining (Montana State University), Oil and Gas Drilling/Developmental Impacts (TEEIC), Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing (USGS), Reports by U.S. EPA on water and air pollution caused by fracking (EPA), Study shows link between fracking and earthquakes (Houston Chronicle), Hunger Overview (UN-World Food Programme), Endocrine Disruptors Questions and Answers (Natural Resources Defense Council), Endocrine Disruptors (National Institute of Health), The Threats & Problems affecting species and Their Survival (World Wildlife Fund), International Trade 'driving nature loss' (BBC), Loss of Biodiversity and Extinctions (various), World's biodiversity 'crisis' needs action, says UN (BBC), Summary Statistics from the Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN), Pesticides Impacting Bee Populations (BBC), Factory Farming: The True Costs (Humane Farming Association), Animals Used for Clothing Factsheets (PETA), Animals in Entertainment Factsheets (PETA), Overexploitation of Animals (National Wildlife Federation), Approaching a State Shift in Earth's Biosphere (Nature), Article summarizing the Nature article (ScienceDaily), Measuring Progress Report - Environmental Goals and Gaps (UN), Living Planet Report (World Wildlife Fund), World Scientists' Warning to Humanity (Union of Concerned Scientists), Anthropocene (proposed geological era based on human impact on earth's atmosphere) (Wikipedia), Population Publications (UN Department of Economic and Social AffairsPopulation), 7 Billion and Counting (Center for Biological Diversity), Overpopulation: A Key Factor in Species Extinction (Center for Biological Diversity), Women's Empowerment and Population Stabilization Go Hand in Hand (Center for Biological Diversity), State of World Population (UN Population Fund), World Footprint - Do We Fit on the Planet? Contamination of fresh water used for household needs, including pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, ranks top on the list of environmental concerns for 61% of Americans. 25.

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This includes tropospheric ozone depletion caused by CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons).

Ecosystem destruction: Shrinking habitats such as aquaculture, estuaries, shellfish protection, landscaping, and wetlands are responsible for species loss, and can be protected through ecological restoration.

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Climate Change:. 8. All Rights Reserved. "Carbon dioxide levels today are higher than at any point in at least the past 800,000 years.

Ecologist, B.Sc. General worry over water pollution and associated environmental issues greatly concerns more than half of all Americans who participated in the 2016 poll.

The other top issues facing the environment today are listed in alphabetical order. These can also arise from poorly implemented hazardous waste management.

American Riverspublished its 2019 report, America's Most Endangered Rivers report.

Why wasn't this page useful? Moreover, warmer oceans, glaciers melting on mountain tops, and extreme events increasing in U.S. are presented as evidence of climate change by NASA.

22. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.".