Category Archive: Environment

2018
01/15

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What are causes of environmental catastrophes?

Ecological disasters are certainly caused by humans. A human mistake is considered to be the main cause of major environmental catastrophes of the past century. Whether the oil spill or nuclear explosion, neglect of basic safety measures is always the reason behind environmental catastrophes. People who build and operate industrial objects are responsible for the safety of their exploitation. As we can see, such objects often prove themselves very unsafe.

In some cases, the cause of environmental catastrophes is very comprehensive. It happened in London in1952 when a heavy air pollution killed thousands of citizens. The entire city burned more coal than ever before because it was a very cold winter. As the result, the pollution became disastrous.

We also cannot underestimate the power of natural forces. Tsunamis, storms, and hurricanes make feeble industrial constructions even more vulnerable. The Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011has shown how operational neglect can reveal under the influence of a tsunami. Even if climate-induced, ecological catastrophes are anyway triggered by a human mistake.

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Has human curiosity had an overall positive or negative effect on the planet?

Thousands of years ago, curiosity pushed humans to explore new lands and make new settlements there. Tribes gradually moved over this planet settling whenever there were enough natural resources to live on. Over the time, people started to discover new lands for the sake of rare materials that can be traded. After the industrial revolution, we learned to produce things instead of taking them from nature.

Human activity is notorious for its negative impact on the environment. Deforestation and global warming accelerated the extinction of species. Now we have to take urgent actions and save those most endangered ones to prevent our own damage at least partially. Human exploration made it more pleasant for us to live, but the long-term effects are still to come.

There are some positive effects of human exploration and technological development. Now we can produce renewable energy and substitute natural materials, like fur or leather. We do not have to exploit natural resources to live comfortably anymore, which is a great bonus for ourselves and the environment.