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Obituary

 

The first international conference on nature conservation took place in Bern (Switzerland) as early as 1913. The result, to establish a functioning development process for the conservation of our nature, was not only missed, but mankind has irretrievably destroyed a large part of nature since this conference. Many animal and plant species are already extinct or threatened with extinction, the ecosystem Earth is endangered.

 

Industrial corporations, accompanied by corruption, are oriented towards growth and profit. In order to keep up on the world market, their production and manufacturing processes are predominantly subject to the use of the cheapest and most environmentally harmful raw materials; pure poison for our environment. Agreements made to protect the environment are neglected.

Information gaps, lack of knowledge or environmental awareness lead to many large corporations and lobbyists being able to further expand their power. The health of humans and nature is secondary for them; only profit counts.

 

We must clearly distance ourselves from such practices.

 

...or

Resurrection?

 

It seems that most people do not take the time to actually search for news, information and reports on our environment. We all have our daily problems to solve, the news is full of information about political decisions that no one can comprehend or even agree with. This kind of information dominates our thoughts and there is no time left for research and studies about current developments in our environment.

 

That’s when the idea was born to ask for your support. As Guardians of the Environment, we all have an obligation to fulfil. One of them is to disseminate updates and reports on the current environmental situation worldwide through our newsletter.

 

Help us collect this news to share with our readers and members worldwide.

Real Environmental Problems

-just to name a few-

It is 18 May 2021, the time is 11:07 am

 

On the website https://www.worldometers.info/, we have read the following dates

(four completed months and eighteen days of the year 2021):

  1. E-mails sent this year                                                                                                              37,367,204,895,509

  2. Forest loss this year                                                                                    in hectares         1,957,853

  3. Toxic chemicals released into the environment                                  in tons                3,686,636

  4. Starving people this year                                                                                                       4,210,254

  5. Overweight people on earth                                                                                                 1,710,366,058

  6. Deaths due to contaminated water                                                                                     317,018

  7. Deaths from air pollution according to WHO 01.05.2018                                            7 Million people*1

       Deaths from air pollution according to Medical News Today 

       30.03.2020                                                                                                                              8.8 Million people*2

    8. World Water Day 2021, deaths from no regular access to water                                2.2 Billion people

    9. Affected countries of extreme water scarcity                                                                   33*3

 

*1 https://www.dw.com/de/luftverschmutzung-t%C3%B6tet-sieben-millionen-menschen-pro-jahr/a-43610473

(press release May 1, 2018)

*2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/air-pollution-may-be-a-leading-global-cause-of-death

(press release March 30, 2020)

*3 https://www.vice.com/de/article/kb7vjv/diese-laender-werden-2040-am-staerksten-unter-der-wasserknappheit-leiden-278

However, while the WHO published 7 million deaths from air pollution in 2018, the actual numbers are increasingly alarming, according to Medical News Today, published on March 30, 2020:

 

"New research has found that air pollution is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, far surpassing smoking, malaria, and other significant factors

 

The study found that air pollution is one of the major global causes of death. The researchers estimate that during 2015, around 8.8 million people died as a consequence of air pollution. This represents the shortening of global life expectancy by almost 3 years, on average."*2

 

*2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/air-pollution-may-be-a-leading-global-cause-of-death

(press release March 30, 2020)

Polluted Water

A human dies

 

every 2.6 seconds

 

in our world -

 

caused by water related

 

diseases

 

or

 

hunger.

Information Source: https://www.worldometers.info/

Help for self-help, or Capacity Building

 

Shipping - the dirtiest industry in the world with the highest pollution levels. 30 cargo ships, 100 planes and 5600 trucks. An enormously high environmental impact every day.

Nuclear Disasters

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On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant experienced a super disaster. The reactor shell explodes, debris and radioactive material are hurled outwards and a nuclear cloud spreads over large parts of Europe.

Picture Source: Wikipedia
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The biggest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl meltdown could have been avoided. This is the conclusion of a study about history, design and safety measures of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Worldwide Contamination of our Waters

Atomic Waste
Oil Spills

Antarctica

 

The warming on the Antarctic Peninsula has already exceeded 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Because of the rising temperatures, algae are spreading at the South Pole, colouring the ice ...

Ice melts

Devastating Fires

Fire-Destruction

2015: Forest fires in Indonesia

Australien Bushfire

2019/2020: Bush Fires Australia

Picture Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushfires_in_Australia

Bhopal
Bhopal
Aral Sea

1984  Bhopal 

 

Indian officials say 10,000 to 12,000 people were killed. 

 

Bhopal activists and health workers say more than 20,000 people have died over the years due to gas-related illnesses, such as lung cancer, kidney failure and liver disease. 

 

Indian officials estimate that nearly 600,000 more have become ill or had babies born with congenital defects over the last 20 years .... 

    

8 samples, of thousand's ...

                                                                                ... a never ending story

 

2011 Japan

2010 Oil spill gulf of Mexico

2008  5 huge plastic vortex

1989 Exxon Valdez

1986 Tschernobyl

1984 Bhopal

1976 Seveso

1960 Aral Sea

Information & Picture Sources:

https://www.worldometers.info/

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