Is Amazon destroying the environment?
A recent investigation uncovered a bombshell for our environment over at Amazon: The company is destroying millions of unused or returned products. Our waste crisis is already bad enough, with nearly 60 million tons of electronic waste poisoning our environment each year.
What is the biggest threat to the Amazon River?
Deforestation. One of the largest, and most well known problems in the Amazon is that of deforestation. While trees have been cut for logging, development and human expansion, it is actually farming that is causing the most extreme and drastic deforestation among much of the Amazon rainforest.
How are humans affecting the Amazon River?
Mining, logging, ranching, agriculture, and oil and gas extraction have put unsustainable pressure on the delicate rain forests of the Amazon Basin.
Why deforestation in the Amazon is bad?
Cutting down rainforests can damage habitat, diminish levels of biodiversity and food sources, degrade the soil, pollute rivers and lands, and cause areas to dry out affecting the overall productivity for the peoples and animals that live there.
Who contributes the most to global warming?
Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation.
Why is the Amazon river so dirty?
Meeting of the waters The Amazon river carries a lot of sediment (particles of mud and sand), which gives the water a muddy-brown color. Its largest tributary (branch), the Rio Negro, or black river, is filled with chemicals washed out of soil and plants, making the water very dark.
What are the top 10 contributors to global warming?
The Top 10 Causes of Global Warming
- Power Plants. Forty percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions stem from electricity production.
- Oil Drilling.
- Natural Gas Drilling.