Environmental issues are a mounting concern in the United States as we presently observe striking changes in our climate, not to mention watch our forests disappear at an alarming rate. Protecting and improving the nation’s overall atmosphere is paramount to the wellbeing of all life forms, from humankind to plant and animal life. Consequently, our nation’s environment is in great need of solutions to sustain and improve our way of life, in turn improving our environment.
Pollution and its Effects on the Climate
Not surprisingly, many of the issues concerning the environment contribute to one of the larger climate concerns, global warming. For example, air pollution has a direct effect on the climate. Harmful emissions from cars, factories, and pesticides, to name a few contributors, harm the ozone layer. The assault on the ozone layer leaves us vulnerable to direct harmful rays from the sun; creating more intense heat during the summers and warmer winters. We are clearly bearing witness to the greenhouse effect and its impact on the climate in the United States. Some of the damaging byproducts of the extreme weather conditions include forest fires. Temperatures can get so hot that droughts occur and forest fires will often follow. Even Air pollution in other countries is believed to be a contributor to inconsistent and erratic climate changes in the U.S. as well as storms over the Pacific Ocean. The attack on our lands has far-reaching effects on everything from the food supply to the weather.
Our forests benefit the climate and all forms of life, including humankind in powerful ways. Despite this proven fact, our forests are disappearing as a result of our own actions. The symbiotic relationship that we have with the earth is prevalent everywhere and it’s results are too. When we cut down forests to build, we are also cutting down our protection and help. For example, forests act as a sponge for CO2 emissions that would otherwise add to global warming. In fact, deforestation is the cause of 15 percent of all global warming. Furthermore, the impact of losing our forests is even harmful to animals and people. Within the past 50 years, 17 percent of the Amazon rainforest has been lost to cattle ranching. In addition to losing portions of the rainforest, cattle flatulence produces methane gas resulting in more powerful short-term effects on the climate than carbon emissions. Outside of the effects on the climate, our rainforests are home to over 80 different species; losing parts of it also displaces other living creatures.
As our world becomes more populated and extreme climate changes continue to cause more droughts resulting in water scarcity, we are forced to contend with the impact that this has on people; over 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water and only 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh. Water shortages are no longer a problem that developing countries face, it’s our problem as well; the drought in California clearly proves this.
John G Rangos, Sr. has come up with many solutions that lessen the stressful assault on the climate. Many of his waste management practices have not only addressed the problem with the harmful effects that poor waste management have on the climate but has also creatively solved many issues by recycling materials that would otherwise be disposed of in harmful ways. Materials that used to lay dormant and toxic in landfills are now used in concrete preparations, and in building new roadways. In essence, tons of industrial toxic waste can be recycled into safe and useful products. He even helped create methods for converting wastewater into safe drinking water. As founder & CEO of the Chambers Development Company, Mr. Rangos addressed many factors that stress our environment and created a more sustainable way of life for humankind and the environment.