Australia’s environment in ‘shocking’ decline’

  • Nineteen ecosystems are on the brink of collapse
  • There are now more non-native plant species in Australia than native ones
  • Australia has lost more species to extinction than any other continent
  • All bar one category of environment examined has deteriorated since 2016, and more than half are now in a “poor” state.

“If we continue on the trajectory that we are on, the precious places, landscapes, animals and plants that we think of when we think of home may not be here for our kids and grandkids”


Going worse…

We are in the year 1952 in the capital of a city in a highly industrialised northern European country and -like every year- it is winter in the month of December. A dense and normal fog spreads over the city.
On the third and fourth days of fog, however, a large part of the population begins to suffer from bronchitis, pneumonia and heart pain, with the first cases of death appearing. Although the fog clears up a few days later, the increased mortality still lasts for several weeks. Although it was not made public at the time, authorities estimate that some 4,000 people died in that fatal episode. The blame for what happened was received by the old-fashioned heating system of the houses with its deficient smoke exhaust system. The great production of soot, together with the high content of sulphur dioxide in the exhaust gases and the prevailing fog, produced such a high degree of contamination that it led to the catastrophe in question.
In many countries there is a clear awareness that environmental contamination - called by some "pollution" - has become a problem of colossal dimensions. This situation is the typical product of the unbridled growth of the world population on the one hand and the parallel industrial development on the other, especially after the Second World War. Environmental pollution, however, is not in itself a new problem. We should mention that the London population itself, a century before the Industrial Revolution, began to protest smog and water pollution.
The industrial revolution brought with it two new types of problems. The first consisted of the modification of natural materials and products and the second was the production of undesirable chemical compounds as a result of burning fuels for heating or to feed energy to machines. Modernly, we have complicated the picture even more: we not only modify natural products, but also create others that do not exist in Nature, with which we travel the path that will lead us to accumulate non‐degradable waste products, that is, for which the Nature does not possess appropriate mechanisms for its elimination.
A few decades ahead and the problem is over ten fold worse, 8 billion and counting preying on ALL natural resources and no one willing to do anything to try to stop it, for the most ridiculous and absurd reasons, $$$$$$$ reigns supreme as the driving force of mankind.


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When did it all begin?

The dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain in the second half of the 18th century, brought the biggest economical, technological and social changes in human history since the Neolithic age.

The increase in the urban population in cities with medieval layouts, meant overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and the appearance of the first social pathologies: alcoholism, prostitution and crime. From 800 million inhabitants 250 years ago, we increased to more than tenfold today.

That huge population expansion with virtually no control has produced enormous changes in the ecosystems on earth, disturbances that Nature effectively could regulate before through natural processes of transformation and degradation, now was no longer possible because there were millions of new substances for which she has no natural processes of transformation. On the other hand, the amount of waste produced by man is so big that it constantly accumulates as environmental pollution.

Wildlife has suffered the consequences, many species have become extinct and others are constantly endangered by the destruction of their habitats, many have been exterminated by human greed, either by massive commercial hunts or the myths created by man,  like the loss of livestock and farm animals from attack by wild “hunters”.

Millions of new synthetic chemicals have inundated the market and not precisely to make mankind healthier, all chemicals can be considered poisons, and the only way to deal with them is by regulating the amount introduced in our bodies and in the atmosphere and that is not happening. People do not read the small print about what chemicals are in the processed food they buy, then we have pesticides weed killers, prescription drugs made in labs instead of natural sources, the list goes on and on and on. On the other hand we are destroying the handful of equatorial forests where the unknown is still to be discovered and where the natural remedies are stored.

All the waste of mankind ends in the sea, where a century ago was the salvation of mankind in terms of food sources, destroying reefs, polluting the water, the factory ships are depleting the stocks of edible fishes and killing the predators that keep the balance, will not help either.

Conclusions are obvious but nothing has been done and nothing seems will be done.