The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme. And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.
You and I are on the brink of driving to extinction some of the most iconic species alive today.
The Earth is 4.5 billion years old, but I don’t think the Earth is dying as we think of ourselves as dying. The Earth is renewing itself every day.
The earth recycles itself, it does it on land and water through the interaction between the tectonic and the hydrologic systems causes constant recycling of the materials of the Earth’s crust. The hydrologic, or water, the cycle is one of the essential cycles for maintaining life on Earth. Erosion and deposition are responsible for many new landforms. Erosion is the transport of sediments. Agents of erosion include flowing water, waves, wind, ice, or gravity. Eroded material is eventually dropped somewhere else. This is called deposition.
The trees, green plants and grasses all recycle air. How do they do this? Well, like all living things, plants breathe and when they breathe they purify the air with clean oxygen.
Yes, the Earth is slowly changing its face, through continental drift a gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics), but it’s not dying, all it’s doing is changing.
Earth is not even aging in the sense of the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age.
We are a part of this Earth and we have a responsibility to keep it clean. The Earth isn’t dying; we are dying because of all the pollution in the air and water. The Earth is doing its part recycling so we should do the same thing.
We can’t call it dying. Earth or any planet doesn’t have a natural death or start like stages. They are just formed on collision or matter and get destroyed either if huge body collides again or if the start near it just acquires.
Meaning of “Is the earth dying?”. Yes, we are killing the nature but not the whole earth, there might come a stage where earth will no longer be a human habitable zone and all humans may leave to exoplanet journey or just die.
Once we leave or die, earth will definitely recoup and will sustain life. Oxygen will be back to normal, Greenery will acquire most of the land. Polar caps will freeze back. Ozone will repair. Earth will be a habitable planet in few million years once humans live.
Expected lifetime of Earth is 7.5 billion years. That’s when the Sun(Red giant) will get past where Earth’s orbit is now and Sun will engulf, and destroy, the Earth.
Negative Effects of Pollution
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Air, soil and water pollution contribute to climate change and have a negative impact on human health. Pollutants also endanger many plant and animal species.
Effects of Air Pollution
Greenhouse gases, like fossil fuels released by vehicles and factories, and methane, released by livestock, contribute to air pollution and add to climate change by raising the earth’s temperature. In a vicious circle, climate change then makes a certain type of air pollution worse. A reaction between combusting fossil fuel emissions and sunlight creates smog, a yellowish or blackish fog also known as “ground level ozone.” Climate change also creates more allergenic air pollutants, such as mold caused by damp conditions and pollen caused by a longer pollen season and increased pollen production.
Air pollution can have a serious heath impact on humans. If you are exposed to very high levels of air pollutants, you may experience irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, wheezing, coughing and breathing problems and have a greater risk of heart attacks. Air pollution can also exacerbate existing lung and heart conditions, like asthma. Smog can irritate the eyes and throat and also damage the lungs. Children, senior citizens and people who work or exercise outside are at a greater risk. Those most at risk are people with asthma or allergies because pollutants can make their symptoms worse and trigger asthma attacks.
Across the world, climate change leads to more drought, heat waves, rising sea levels, storms, warming oceans and rising sea levels, which affect animal species by destroying their natural habitats.
Effects of Soil Pollution
Pollutants in soil, most often from industrial sources, deforestation and improper waste disposal, put animals and plants in danger. Soil polluted by chemicals eventually becomes infertile and unable to support crops and other plant life. This hinders food production and can lead to malnourishment in local communities. If soil pollutants produce contaminated food, anyone who eats it may become ill. Toxic soil may also cause illness through skin contact or inhalation.
Effects of Water Pollution
Pollutants in water resulting from trash, oil spills, sewage spills and run-off from agricultural fields, construction sites and factories affect native plant and animal species. Drinking contaminated water caused by sewage overflow may cause sickness and digestive problems in humans. Pollutants such as mercury in fish and seafood can lead to serious health problems, especially in children and pregnant women.
When water is poisoned, many animals die. Six months after the 2010 BP oil spill, which affected 16,000 miles of U.S. coastline, over 8,000 animals were reported dead. Animals are also often injured or killed by solid waste discarded in water.
Other pollution facts:
Americans generate 30 billion foam cups, 220 million tires, and 1.8 billion disposable diapers every year, according to the Green Schools Alliance.
According to the WHO, ambient air pollution contributes to 6.7 percent of all deaths worldwide.
The Mississippi River drains the lands of nearly 40 percent of the continental United Sates. It also carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, resulting in a dead zone each summer about the size of New Jersey.
Pollution in China can change weather patterns in the United States. It takes just five days for the jet stream to carry heavy air pollution from China to the United States, where it stops clouds from producing rain and snow.
About 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution, according to WHO. That is one in eight deaths worldwide.
How much longer life will be on earth?
Life on Earth will surely be wiped out eventually. But how long does it have, and what will it take to sterilize the entire planet?
All things must pass. That includes life on Earth, which will surely be wiped out eventually. But how long does it have?
The fossil record tells us that life on Earth has lasted at least 3.5 billion years. In that time it has survived being frozen, clobbered by rocks from space, mass poisoning, and even lethal radiation. Clearly, it’s hard to completely sterilise the planet.
But there’s no shortage of potential apocalypses. Which of them will finally render the Earth barren?