The world’s forests, which now occupy 30% of the earth’s land surface, are an extremely significant resource, storing vast amounts of carbon, aiding in the purification of water and air, preserving natural biodiversity, and providing livelihoods for millions of people. Despite their critical importance, forests are under attack on a global scale, with the equivalent of 30 soccer fields disappearing every minute.Continue reading “The Value of Forestry [Infographic]”
There is no mistaking that 2020 has been one rough year. Nearly every aspect of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19, but really, that’s hardly the half of it. This year has also brought an economic downturn, murder hornets, a crazy election cycle, and monstrous natural disasters most notably tragic wildfires.
From Australia in January to California and the rest of the US Pacific coastal states this summer, wildfires have ravaged communities in both developed human landscapes and in the wild ecosystems we all enjoy. Though many have argued that there is some natural benefit to fires, few are speaking of fires of this size and magnitude. Indeed, many of the fires of 2020 have broken — and broken again — records for size, intensity, and human or ecological damage.
Many communities that are left behind find themselves struggling to pick up the pieces. The majority have goals of building back to what was before, only stronger and more resilient. Of the many considerations that those trying to rebuild must consider, the way wildfires will impact their water quality is one of the most important.Continue reading “How Wildfires impact Water Quality”
Infographic by MissionSafety
This infographic outlines the worst natural disasters in human history, and identifies how we can best minimize the impact of these disasters. A natural hazard does not need to become a natural disaster on the scale we hear about so often in the news.
For example, the Tsunami in the Indian ocean caused upwards of 280,000 deaths. MissionSafety’s research discovered that this figure could have been reduced if people were taught how to react to a tsunami. Education can play a key role in saving lives.
Hopefully this infographic offers you some clarity on how you can help after a natural disaster. If you’re planning on donating money to a cause make sure you know exactly where it’s going and avoid charities who spend more than 20% of your donation on ‘admin’.
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