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What are the causes of environmental destruction?

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Some causes of environmental destruction include using biomass fuels, rearing domestic and farm animals, contamination from hydrofracking and urbanization. How each action affects the environment depends on what surrounds it. For example, wastewater entering wetlands can cause them to age.

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There are multiple causes of environmental destruction, including:

  • Burning biomass fuels
  • The gases these fuels give off enter the atmosphere and affect it.

  • Domestic animal waste
  • Part of the domestic animal digestive process gives off methane, which also causes damage to the atmosphere.

  • Hydrofracking
  • Hydrofracking releases more harmful gases into the nearby atmosphere than other gas extraction methods, and it contaminates local water systems.

  • Urbanization
  • Urbanization results in the direct loss of local natural environments.

  • Mining for coal
  • Mining for coal and other substances releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

  • Building roads in natural habitats
  • Building roads that run through natural habitats can change their functions and drive away weak species.

  • Using and producing petroleum
  • Like mining for coal, this releases harmful gases into the atmosphere.

  • Filling landfills
  • Filling landfills affects air quality and infects nearby water supplies.

  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial manufacturing affects nearby soil, water and air quality. In addition, it depletes biological oxygen supplies, which has a negative affect on biodiversity in the nearby area.

  • Toxic water
  • Toxic water damages nearby ecosystems, sometimes rendering them useless. For example, it is not possible to eat a significant proportion of shellfish because of water contamination.

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