Car tire's dumped on the ocean floor!
Approximately two million old car tires are on the ocean floor off Fort Lauderdale in the US, dumped in the 1970s with the intent of creating an artificial reef. The tires are now scouring the ocean floor and wedging against the natural reef, killing coral.
"There are no really historical records of the volume and type of material that was spilled in the oceans before the establishment of an anti-dumping law. However, it is estimated that in 1968, 38 million tons of petroleum-based product (plastic), 2 to 4 tonnes of chemical waste, more than one million tons of heavy metals were released into the ocean. The U.S. archive shows that between 1946 and 1970 over 55,000 containers of radioactive waste were disposed in 3 sites of dumping of the Pacific Ocean. In addition, 34,000 tons of radioactive wastes were disposed in three sites of dumping of the U.S. east coast between 1951 and 1962. No law on dumping radioactive waste has been put into force before 1972."
No one has bothered to remove the waste
Turtles with Constricted Shells
This turtle experienced a different kind of plastic surgery. When it was wee turtlette, it crawled through plastic waste that stuck to its small shell, holding them captive to the ring's circumference and inhabiting proper growth. As it got older, its exoskeleton amazingly grew around the plastic rings! Man messes with Nature.
Animal have to pay the price...
The Cat Island of Japan
The Cat Island, officially called Tashirojima, is a small island in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, that is inhabited by more cats than people. The island has become known as "Cat Island" due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. The cat population is now larger than the human population on the island. But Tashirojima doesn't have too many humans to begin with. There are approximately 100 residents on Cat Island, and most of them are over 70. One person is 37, and everybody else is over 60 years old. With more than 50% of the population being over 65 years of age, the survival of the island is threatened. It won't be long before the four footed animal end up being the only living being on the Cat Island.
In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.
Cats are so popular here that a local architect had several building built in the shape of Cats.
Earth Hour From Space
This year, as participants all over the world switch off their lights
Saturday (March 31) for Earth Hour, one of the astronauts living on the International Space Station will be the first to observe the event from on board the orbiting outpost.
Earth Hour will take place worldwide on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, during which time people are encouraged to turn off their lights for an hour to raise awareness about climate change and to highlight the need for sustainability.
Dutch astronauts Andre Kuipers will keep watch over the planet from the space station's orbital perch 240 miles (386 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, according to officials at the European Space Agency (ESA).
Must share it and spread the awareness among all. I guess many of us wont be knowing it.