Humankind is well known for the damage we do. Hollywood makes a ton of money off thrillers and dystopian flicks that portray eerily possible future scenarios where the earth has either frozen over due to climate engineering failures or is burning up thanks to rapid deforestation. With the acceleration of technological advancement, it becomes even easier to cause more damage and the results are staring us in the face.
Nuclear Accidents Nuclear energy has the potential to supply the entire globe with all its energy needs without making use of any more fossil fuel; however the risks involved in its production have long held back many countries from attempting to experiment with it. Disasters such as the Chernobyl explosion in 1986 and the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in 2011 leaked radioactive materials into the atmosphere and the neighbouring areas, resulting in mass evacuations and several deaths from long term effects. It takes years of environmental remediation Brisbane and dispersal of the toxic materials through wind for the radiation levels in the immediate area to lower enough for any kind of human activity; living in the immediate vicinity is impossible. Not only does it kill all the fauna in the surrounding areas, it will also change the balance of the ecosystems around it, thus causing a lot of chaos.
Chemical and Oil Spills Because so many of the natural resources that we use to generate energy are located within complex ecosystems such as deep underground or in the ocean bed, it causes untold damage to the millions of species in those ecosystems should an accident occur. The 2010 BP oil spill is a perfect example of how crude oil can harm nature. The spill grew unchecked for a long time and by the time experts had assessed the damage and drawn up plans to clear the spill, the oil had already flown with the currents towards multiple coastal lines and killed a lot of marine life. Many different governments had to engage in resource recovery on the beaches as well as in the shallow waters in order to bring back the marine life on which fishermen depended on for their livelihood. You can learn more about the damage and resource recovery by visiting http://www.toxfree.com.au/resource-recovery-recycling/.
Fire and Gas Releases Factories and plants are notorious for having sudden fires due to poor workplace safety regulations and then releasing copious amounts of noxious and toxic gases into the atmosphere. Bhopal, India in 1984 is a classic example of negligence in a pesticide plant: gases leaked out in the night killing over 10,000 people who were exposed to it and making several thousand more fall ill. Not only did the government have to initiate immediate medical processes but they also had to deal with the fall back and long-term consequences as the company responsible for the exposure quickly packed up and left India, leaving the government to clean up the mess.
Man could well be the worst enemy nature has had – until we learn from our mistakes and right all our wrongs.