Our world is a beautiful place and it has sustained everything living on it for millions of years. It’s sad to realize that we humans did more harm than good to our beloved planet but the good news is that we still have a chance to change it. The wonderful thing that’s happening today is that people are becoming more aware of the needs of our environment and we are showing signs of willingness to make a change internationally. When we talk of the environment, it involves everything around us, not just the weather. It includes all the animals, plants, houses and human beings living on this planet. From ways that we are destroying our forests to why you should contact your window replacement service, here are some amazing environmental facts that you will learn today.
27,000 trees are cut down each day so we can have Toilet Paper.
Aluminium can be recycled continuously, as in forever. Recycling 1 aluminium can save enough energy to run your TVs for at least 3 hours and 80 trillion aluminium cans are used by humans every year.
American companies alone use enough paper to encircle the Earth 3x! (It’s a good thing that businesses are moving towards going paperless)
We can save 75,000 trees if we recycled the paper used on the daily run of the New York Times alone.
If you install aluminium or PVC window frames in your home, not only that you will cut down your utility bills by 40% but you can save enough energy annually to supply one world’s average household for a year.
When you throw plastic bags and other plastic materials in the ocean, it kills as many as 1 million sea creatures annually.
A glass bottle made in our time will take more than 4,000 years to decompose.
Only 1% of our planet’s water supply can be used. 97% is ocean water and 2% is frozen solid in the Arctic, for now.
Our planet gains inhabitants numbering to 77 million people a year.
An estimated 50,000 species inhabiting our tropical forests become extinct annually. That’s an average of 137 species a day.
Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute.
The world’s oldest trees are more than 4,600 years old.
Landfills are composed of 35% of packaging materials.
Due to the way its disciplines intersect, it’s hard to pinpoint when the study of ecology began.
The individual biology and Earth science disciplines all have individual timelines, some of which date back to ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans.
Hippocrates and Aristotle were among the first recorded scientists to write down their observations on what would be considered ecology.
Herodotus recorded observations on the topics like balance in nature and regulation of what we know to be ecosystems, putting him at the forefront of early ecological research.
Some of the most important understandings of ecology came about as late as the 1700s when scientists began to understand concepts like food chains, population management, and heredity.
The term ecology was first coined by Ernst Haeckel in 1866.