Warning! Serious and sad images ahead!
Breath It In
No, this isn’t a romantic fog or marine layer settling into Changsha, in the Hunan Province of China. It’s awful smog so thick that it’s partially blocking the Sun, and it’s all due to pollution. We all know that China has a population problem which led them to draft and enact a one-child per couple law that ended only recently, but they continue to produce copious amounts of pollution. Their unhealthy dependency on coal certainly isn’t helping the problem. China has many of the most polluted cities in the world. In Beijing, coal and exhaust from cars are the two main sources of air pollution.
Built to Spill
While this is a photo of an oil spill off the coast of Thailand, most of us have realized by now that they happen all over the world. And one of the saddest things is that most of them don’t get media coverage because they happen so often. Oil spills affect marine life and other animals, as well as beaches.
The worst thing about oil spills is how hard they are to clean up and how much it can affect the entire environment not only where it happened but also wherever the oil travels. The spill itself can also range from a minor accident that is quickly fixed to a major catastrophe like that of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. While that was one of the worst in history with some 4.9 million barrels of oil spilt, there have been dozens more in the Gulf of Mexico alone since then. Will we ever learn?
A Whole Lotta Rubbish
Manila has a literal river of garbage. It is estimated that discarded plastic will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050. Maybe we should think twice before using plastic bags at the grocery store. Do you ever wonder what happens to all that garbage you throw away on a daily basis?
The Philippines has been alleged to be one of the worst water polluters in the world (behind China and Indonesia). For years now, international environmental efforts have been directed at the country, which is spread out across more than 7,600 islands. The pollution, however, is worst right in the capital and in Manila Bay. According to Dr. Laura David of the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute, “When you think of Manila Bay, contrasting images come to mind. First of a coastline littered with trash, and second, of a beautiful sunset. But what is really interesting is that underneath these familiar images, Manila Bay, with all its pollution, still contains life and gives life.”