Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

10 Ways Humans Impact the Planet

Climate
10 Ways Humans Impact the Planet

April 22 is called Earth Day, but we ought to spend more time looking in the mirror today.

It could help us understand what we have done and are doing to the planet.

Elsevier Connect, a digital resource of science, health and technology journals and data, helps us with that process by releasing an infographic entitled, "10 ways humans are affecting the Earth— for better and worse." The slides take a brief look at the good, like domestic gardens, and the bad, such as our horrible habit of filling up landfills with plastic.

"Air pollution is expected to become the world's top environmental cause of premature mortality in the next three decades, more than doubling the current figure of just over 1 million to nearly 3.6 million deaths per year in 2050," reads Elsevier's post, which references a Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report.

"Soot, known as black carbon, is a particularly harmful pollutant typically released by diesel-fueled transportation and the burning of fossil fuels. It is the second leading contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide and has been linked to increases in chronic respiratory illness and cardiovascular disease, especially in China and other developing nations according, to Elsevier's Environmental Pollution journal.

——–

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE

10 Low-Carbon Ways to Save Money For Earth Day and Beyond

Earth Day: Can We Save the Planet From Climate Change?

Don’t Forget the Ocean on Earth Day

——–

An Extinction Rebellion protester outside the Bank of England on Oct. 14, 2019 in London, England. John Keeble / Getty Images

By Jessica Corbett

In another win for climate campaigners, leaders of 12 major cities around the world — collectively home to about 36 million people — committed Tuesday to divesting from fossil fuel companies and investing in a green, just recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Demonstrators from several environmental groups including Extinction Rebellion and Sunrise Movement demand broad action at a youth-led climate strike near City Hall on December 6, 2019 in New York City. Scott Heins / Getty Images

By Jacob Wallace

This story is published as part of StudentNation's "Vision 2020: Election Stories From the Next Generation" reports from young journalists that center the concerns of diverse young voters. In this project, working with Dr. Sherri Williams, we recruited young journalists from different backgrounds to develop story ideas and reporting about their peers' concerns ahead of the most important election of our lives. We'll continue publishing two stories each week over the course of September.

In the speech she gave at the People's Climate March in Washington in 2017, Jansikwe Medina-Tayac, then 15, told a crowd of thousands, "This [climate change] is not just an environmental issue. This is a race issue, this is an immigration issue, this is a feminist issue."

Read More Show Less

Trending

Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., places a flag at the COVID Memorial Project's interfaith memorial service to honor the 200,000 people who died due to coronavirus on the National Mall on Sept. 22, 2020. Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images

The United States passed 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19 Tuesday and experts warn that number may double before the end of the year as an autumn surge in cases starts, according to USA Today.

Read More Show Less
People Have the Power - VOTE 2020

Climate-action nonprofit Pathway to Paris first launched in 2014 with an "intimate evening" of music and conversation after the People's Climate March in New York City.

Read More Show Less
Heo Suwat Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. sarote pruksachat / Moment / Getty Images

A national park in Thailand has come up with an innovative way to make sure guests clean up their own trash: mail it back to them.

Read More Show Less

Support Ecowatch