In the material world today, there is way too much waste and way fewer efforts to manage it properly. Garbage disposal is often done in such a way that the environment is polluted and faces the negative consequences of toxic waste products that can be utilized better via reusing and recycling.
With enhanced technology advancements, improper waste management is being tackled with each passing day. No government or private organization can, however, fight an alone war against this enemy of the environment.
The harmful material that is released in the environment is not only due to littering but also due to the use of unsustainable products and improper waste management.
How does improper waste disposal harm us?
Waste material that contributes to the pollution of the environment counts as hazardous. It can cause land pollution, air pollution, choking of animals and birds, health hazards, and soil degradation, among others.
When waste is just littered here and there or is not given the right condition to decompose, it gets harmful for us. Instances have come up that report that there is a lack of consistency in the garbage disposal mechanism in many cities from the end of the municipal corporations.
Garbage bags from domestic and commercial areas keep lying around for long and attract insects and microorganisms that cause infections through direct contact and air. A lot of unsegregated waste is kept to rot over a long period of time, which causes them to meddle with each other’s processes of decomposition and hamper the process of waste disposal.
What are the challenges to be met?
The amount of waste we are producing is growing with each passing day. The challenges are ever-changing and growing in number. Here are a few critical problems that we face in overcoming improper waste management and its consequences:
The more the people, the more waste is going to be generated. People should be made aware of the amount of their personal waste and be taught waste reduction in bigger families.
Ignorance is bliss:
Those privileged enough to not face the direct consequences of improper disposal of waste often ignore their contribution to the big lot. It is crucial to spread awareness and keep reminding people of their responsibility towards the environment.
Laziness and couch commentary:
A lot of people claim to want proper garbage disposal, and yet all they do is sit in their comfort zones, commenting about it but not having separate dustbins for wet and dry waste. As a matter of fact, segregation and disposal of garbage take effort, and not everyone is willing to put in that effort.
How do you get affected by the mess?
The harm that we give out to the environment, it gets back to us but in different ways. An increase in plastic use and disposal in recent years can be seen as a trend of degrading environment because of the low economic investment.
However, the price to pay has been tremendously increasing as well. Below are a few of the most aggravated ones:
Effect on health:
Rising cases of contamination through sewers, infections, severe chronic damage of important body parts, and constant or recurring flu are the most common health effects of unregulated improper waste.
Death of fauna:
Animals are always one of the worst recipients of our comforts. They suffer the loss of habitat and various health problems as collateral damage to human convenience in regards to waste disposal. Some species have even died as a result.
Another significant effect of bad disposal is on the soil. With chemical affluents and flammable material among the waste products, there are times when they react and harm the soil so much that it loses its fertility or becomes unusable even.
How can you help?
Simple measures to improve waste management systems are imperative to employ across the nations. We need to assess and implement the conventional three Rs and one-up it by upcycling. We need to reduce our waste, reuse the minimal resources we have, recycle the ones that can not be reused, and upcycle the ones that can be made of better value.
Wet waste can be made into manure by letting it decompose. This helps in segregating the waste in such a way that there is a minimal amount of waste that actually waits for proper disposal. Buying eco-friendly items in place of those that are harmful to the environment is also a must.
For example, using metal straws instead of plastic straws is not too expensive or inconvenient an option and carrying and using a cloth or jute bag instead of promoting polythene bags isn’t too difficult. Governments should also ensure that there is a well-functioning garbage disposal system and ensure stronger mechanisms to ensure the segregation of dry and wet waste.
These simple solutions curb improper waste management and bring it to a surprisingly low level. They aren’t too difficult to perform and only include small one-time investments that will help you save more than just money.
It’s Heartbreaking! A Pregnant Elephant Dies in Kerala after a Pineapple Filled with Crackers Exploded in its Mouth
News room. Written by : Anne Kamwila, Staff Member, Nature Talkies.
A young, pregnant elephant in Silent Valley Forest (Kerala) fell victim to heinous human cruelty after being fed a pineapple stuffed with crackers. The stuff exploded in her mouth as she munched the fruit. According to a senior forest officer, the elephant’s jaw broke, and she was unable to eat. The officer firmly believed that someone fed the elephant crackers with intend to eliminate her.
The pineapple of death
According to Mr. Surendrakumar, the young elephant died at Malappuram district’s Velliyar River on May 27th, 2020. The post-mortem proved beyond any reasonable doubt, that, indeed, the pachyderm was pregnant. The wild elephant had meandered into the village in search of greener pastures.
Most locals use pineapples with country-made crackers to protect their farms against wild boars. Unfortunately, the young elephant ate one of these deadly fruits. It exploded in her mouth, resulting in the inevitable tragedy.
The powerful cracker explosion caused severe injuries in the elephant’s mouth – a damaged tongue, broken jaw, and other severe injuries. The poor animal walked around in the village for several days in excruciating pain and searing hunger. She couldn’t eat anything and eventually walked back to the wild.
Her injuries were discovered on May 25th, two days before the sad news emerged – her death. The last photos of the poor animal place her along the banks of Velliyar River. There are also photos that show her standing in the river with her trunk and mouth in the water. This probably gave some kind of relief from the searing pain caused by the cracker explosion.
The forest official used two captive elephants – Neelakanthan and Surendran, to help lead the injured elephant out of the water. Various attempts by the officials to rescue the pregnant elephant failed, and at 4 pm on May 27th, the young elephant succumbed to her injuries while standing in water.
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So far, no arrests made
No one has been arrested a week after the unfortunate death of the young elephant. Her death and the trauma she endured has caused outrage, with hundreds of thousands calling for legal action against the perpetrators.
One of the senior officers issued an arrest order and assured the world that the culprit would be nabbed and punished for ‘hunting’ the young elephant. The forest officials and police have launched a probe to arrest the man believed to have offered the elephant that ‘pineapple of death.’
The entire issue came to light after one of the forest officials narrated the cruelty and the horrific death of the pregnant elephant on social media.
Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister, said that strict action would be taken against the people responsible for the heinous acts that led to the death of the young, pregnant elephant. “The forest officials are probing the case, and the culprits will be definitely be brought to book.” He concluded.
According to the post mortem, it’s possible that the elephant ate the cracker-stuffed pineapple at the end of April or the early days of May. “We don’t know the exact day when the incident occurred. But given the severe starvation and shrinking of the elephant, it’s estimated that the incident occurred 20 days ago,” one of the officers told NDTV.
This is not the first time an elephant has died in Kerala. A report of another elephant that died in the same state, under similar circumstances has surfaced. The young elephant is said to have died in April in the same region. It’s evident that the authorities should take the right measures to protect these wild animals from merciless hunters.
Celebrate Biodiversity: Top Reasons to Commemorate the World Environment Day
What is biodiversity? And what does World Environment Day have to do with the need to celebrate biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the “foundation of ecosystem services to which human wellbeing is intimately linked.”
Humankind is part of the dynamic, complex, and varied multi-layered ecosystem. Each layer in the bio network has a singular role to fulfill. And all the layers work in harmony with one another. Consequently, if a layer gets removed, both sides of this layer collapse.
And, because people are at the top of the ecological model or pyramid, we have the biggest impact on all the layers underneath us. Therefore, we have the biggest responsibility to ensure that the ecosystems below us function optimally and remain in ecological balance or harmony. We maybe don’t see it, but when the natural order goes out of sync, we suffer as well as the other parts of the natural world.
A modern example is an increase in the number and intensity of tropical storms, cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes, caused by global warming. Succinctly stated, as the earth’s temperature heats up, the warmer oceans facilitate the development of severe storms with higher winds speeds that are capable of causing major damage as they reach areas where people live. As an aside, these weather systems are similar in that they are severe weather events that cause untold destruction when they move over urban settlement areas. Their fundamental difference is where they form.
For example, a hurricane forms over the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific oceans. A typhoon forms over the Northwest Pacific. And, cyclones occur in the Indian and South Pacific oceans.
According to weather.com, on 20 May 2020, ”the tropical cyclone Amphan made landfall with major storm surges, high winds, and flooding rainfall in India and Bangladesh.” Its original peak intensity was a category 5 storm, but it weakened to a category 2 as it moved over West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh.
Reasons to Celebrate Biodiversity
We have established the quintessential nature of the natural order and the need for biodiversity within the natural world, let’s now move onto reasons why we should celebrate our biodiversity.
We must remember
The most straightforward reason to commemorate the world’s biodiversity is that if we remind ourselves of the importance to take care of the environment. This sounds like a trite statement. However, as described above, it is imperative to secure a living environment for future generations.
The key to preventing pandemics
The website, Activesustainability.com notes that over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihood, while another 1.6 billion people rely on the world’s forests for their living. And, there is evidence to suggest that the “loss of biodiversity could increase the number of cases of zoonoses” like Ebola, COVID-19, and SARS and MERS. In fact, 70% of new communicable diseases have originated from viruses like zoonoses.
Since more than one animal species are often involved in the spread of infection, the loss of “biodiversity and extinction of many of those species increases the chances of the pathogens reaching human beings.”
In other words, if we protect the natural kingdom and natural order of species, the risk of infectious diseases from zoonoses will reduce substantially.
In summary, it is vital to celebrate our biodiversity and commemorate world environment day on 5 June 2020 as it reminds us how critical it is to take care of the world’s ecosystems so that they remain in harmony and balance. Otherwise, the world’s flora and fauna, including humankind, will not survive.
King Stringy And Other Tallest Trees Inhabiting The Planet Earth
Are you one of those nature lovers who love to get lost in deep woods? Does the very thought of wandering in forests, the smallness of being around giant trees like King Stringy whose sheltering canopy, age-old bark, and earthly scent evoke a deep sense of fulfillment within you? If yes, then check our list of the most towering trees that you have to visit at least once in your life.
The mightiest trees of the earth to make us realize how small we are:
For centuries, mankind has witnessed a strange divinity in trees. In several cultures, people worship trees. The key reason behind this is that they are a major life source for us. But, the fact that they are also extremely beautiful adds to our fascination regarding trees. Isn’t it amazing that some of them grow as tall as a 20-story or a 30-story building? No, there is no exaggeration in the above statement. There are such giant trees in the world whose greatness will leave you mesmerized.
Here is a list of the tallest trees for tree lovers like you:
Hyperion in Redwood National Park
The world’s tallest tree is a redwood, namely Hyperion, situate in Redwood National Park of California. The height of Hyperion is 380 feet, thus appropriately named.
This tree is 600 years old and its exact location is kept as a secret to reduce threats of vandalism.
King Stringy in Tasmania
Lovingly named King Stringy, this is a stringy-bark tree standing at an awe-inspiring height of 282 feet. It is the tallest member of the Eucalyptus oblique family.
It has derived this unique name because of its stringy and flaky bark that peels off easily. Nevertheless, the bark and the wood of King Stringy are extremely sturdy and the flowers are loved haven by bees. Having survived several natural threats, the pretty kingly tree is one of the toughest trees.
Nehemiah Loggorale Meena in Tasmania
Believe us when you say that Neeminah Loggorale Meena is as tall as its long name. Standing with pride in the deep forests of Tasmania, this blue gem tree is one of a kind.
The meaning of Neeminah Loggorale Meena is ‘mother and daughter’ in the Aboriginal language. It stands completely isolated in an area and is 298 feet tall. The Tasmanian Forestry Law clearly states that any tree exceeding the height of 278 feet cannot be cut down, ensuring the safety of such huge trees.
Alpine Ash in Tasmania
The Florentine Valley of Tasmania is famous for its untouched, ancient forests. There are rows of tall Eucalyptus delegatensis trees. The tallest one in the group has reached 288 feet from the ground.
Deforestation is a serious threat to the Florentine Valley, but the conservation groups are trying their best to preserve forests.
White Knight, Evercreech Forest Reserve
Though the White Knight has not saved any damsel in distress, its height alone is heroic. Standing at an inspiring height of 299 feet, it is one of the pride of Tasmanian forests. Dendrophiles from all around the globe visit the White Knight.
So, one trip to Tasmania will give you the opportunity of looking at some of the largest trees with your own eyes.
Raven’s Tower in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
If you visit the Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, you can spot the Raven’s Tower. The height of this tree is 317 and the park was established with the intention of protecting the lofty trees of the area.
Centurion in Arve Valley
You’ll find the second tallest tree of the world on the small island of Tasmania in Australia. This giant tree, Centurion is 330 feet tall and has got its name from Roman centurions.
There was a devastating bushfire in southern Tasmania in February 2019, and Centurion has been luckily saved.
Giant Sequoia in Sequoia National Forest
The Giant Sequoias are the world’s biggest trees. Once you step into a sequoia forest, you’ll never feel like leaving the place.
The name of the tallest Giant Sequoia tree is General Sherman tree. Situated in the Sequoia National Park in California’s Tulare County, it has a height of 275 feet.
Other than King Stringy, Hyperion and Centurion, there are some other tallest trees such as Menara, Doerner Fir, and Yellow Meranti.
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