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7 environmental problems to face in 2013

 27/02/2013

It is common knowledge that the planet is suffering and daily faces different problems. Most of these problems have been caused by humans. Here are the seven most pressing environmental problems that we face in 2013.

1. Global Warming and Climate Change. Some time ago people started to become more aware of global warming. We probably have already passed the point of no return in which whatever we do there is no turning back, but we mustn’t stop trying.

2. Water scarcity: This environmental problem affects more people than any other and is considered one of the most serious, because lets face it: no water, we die. Some countries such as Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are close to depleting their groundwater reserves by the lack of rain.

3. Species extinction: Edward O. Wilson warned in 1993 that we were losing 30,000 of land animals and plant species each year. However, do not really know the extent of our loss today. Habitat destruction, poaching, pollution and climate change, are a serious threat to ecosystems worldwide.

4. Agriculture: The problem of agriculture is directly related to the water problem. The UN issued a report recommending increased investment in smallholder farmers, since they are responsible for most of the food in developing countries.

5. The rise of Superbugs: The rise in temperatures has led to increased pest and the emergence of "superbugs". Warmer temperatures are more favorable for certain pests, also become resistant to the antibiotics we have developed to kill them.

6. Pollution: Our rivers and oceans, parks and gardens, the street, the sky and even space are awash in trash. The World Bank warned in early 2012 that the urban waste batteries can be more costly and complicated to address climate change.

7. Overpopulation: Overpopulation is one of the hottest environmental issues. Last year we surpassed the 7 billion people on the planet and we all compete for resources. Despite the political and systemic problems that prevent equitable distribution of food and water, right now we have the capacity to feed everyone, however, in 2050 there could be up to 11 billion people on the planet and that is not sustainable.

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