Trace Elements in Medicine (Moscow)
2022, 23(1): 24-34
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF HUMANITY’S CARELESSNESS. PART I: EXTINCTION, CLIMATE CHANGE AND POLLUTION
Ranjit Rajesh1, A.V. Galchenko2
1 Department of oncology, radiology and nuclear medicinein Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Miklukho-Maklay Street 6, Moscow, Russian Federation, 117198
2 Department of rehabilitative diet therapy, Federal Research Centre of Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety, Ustinsky proezd, 2/14, Moscow, Russian Federation, 109204
ABSTRACT. The process by which the natural environment is compromised in such a way that reduces biological diversity and the general health of the ecosystem is called environmental degradation. This process can occur naturally, or it can be caused by uncontrolled human activities. Many studies consider that environmental degradation, which has been caused by humanity, is one of the greatest threats to our planet. Since the Earth provides a habitat for all living beings, the irreversibly compromised environment could end the existence of human beings. Еnvironmental degradation, if progresses with the current speed, will definitely make life of all the life forms, including human beings extremely terrible. Many studies have revealed that due to the excessive overuse of natural resources, the environment is being deteriorated rapidly. Some examples of the resources are water, air, soil, plants, animals etc. Basically, all living forms of life on the planet are interlinked in such a way that a change in one parameter triggers a domino effect on all the other aspects that depend on it. This could eventually destroy the ecosystem and collapse wildlife.
KEYWORDS: biodiversity, biogeochemistry, biohazard, ecosystem, deforestation, greenhouse, industrial waste.* Corresponding author: A.V. Galchenko E-mail: email@example.com