1. The Everglades

The Everglades National Park’s fragile wetlands are home to a large number of birds, reptiles, water habitants, and threatened species. The Florida park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and since 2010 UNESCO has included it in its list of endangered sites.

Encroaching urban development, reduced water flow and pollution from farms have destroyed more than half of the original Everglades and continue to endanger the habitat with further decline.

2. Amazon rainforest

As the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon is home to millions of rare animal and plant species, one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and more than 30 million people, including 350 indigenous groups.

But its breathtaking splendors are being threatened by a host of problems, including illegal logging, drought, soil erosion, water contamination, and, of course, old-fashioned climate change. Antonio Nobre, a researcher for Brazil’s Earth System Science Center, has warned that both illegal logging and burning the forest to make way for agriculture are threatening its ability to regulate climate.

3. Congo Basin

It’s home to the world’s second largest rainforest, and stretches across six countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Illegal and industrial logging, mining, farming, ranching, illegal wildlife trade and guerrilla warfare continue to deplete and threaten the future of this vast wilderness region.

4. Mount Everest

Climate change has also taken a toll on the world’s tallest summit, Mount Everest, resulting in a decrease in glaciers by 13 percent over the past 50 years, and the snowline shifting upward by several hundred feet.

The temperate in the Everest region has also increased by slightly more than 1 degree Fahrenheit. While this change may seem miniscule, even small increases in temperate can have devastating consequences, including melting glaciers leading to flooding, rock slides and avalanches that could further alter the snow-covered landscape and ecosystem.

5. Dead Sea

Sadly, this historically significant natural wonder is yet another victim of human greed.

Neighboring countries continue to tap into the Jordan River — the sea’s sole source — for farming, agriculture and agricultural purposes, depleting the sea at a rapid rate. Pairing that with the extraction of minerals for potash and cosmetics companies, the Dead Sea’s decline has only hastened. This continual pressure on the Dead Sea has resulted in its recession from the shore, the creation of dangerous sinkholes and its shrinking by more than 3 feet a year.

6. Great Barrier Reef

Larger than the United Kingdom and Ireland combined, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world and home to more than 1,500 species of fish, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 411 types of hard coral and a vibrant marine life.

Marine scientists have warned that climate change will cause “irreversible damage” to this iconic heritage site by 2030 unless immediate action is taken. University of Queensland reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg told the Guardian “it is highly unlikely that coral reefs will survive” if the current average global temperatures continue at what he called the “business as usual” pace of hitting 4 degrees Celcius above preindustrial levels.

7. Bamiyan Valley

Included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, the fragile yet beautiful Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan continues to bear the scars of the country’s lengthy war.

Sadly, the valley has suffered the brunt of military action with parts of it abandoned and others parts inaccessible due to the presence of antipersonnel mines.

We’re destroying our planet.

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In Images and Video, Visualizing China’s Environmental Crisis

In a chilling new short film, Chinese director Jia Zhangke illustrates the subtle effects of China’s air pollution on everyday life. Here are five other attempts to visualize China’s dire environmental crisis.

Read the full story here.

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Poisoned Earth.

"A bouquet of flowers for the poisoned earth as i trample the other side"

The immeasurable suffering of living with pollution as disease obscures the trees, here human carelessness has become ailment.

Heal the world
Make it a better place

For you and for me
And the entire human race

There are people dying
If you care enough for the living

Make a better place
For you and for me

It’s really depressing that a species as intelligent and advanced as we are is going to drive ourselves into extinction through greed and exploitation. Animal consumption needs to stop, pollution needs to stop, resource depletion needs to stop. We’re going to destroy life as we know it, if it continues. And rather than try to work together to fix it, people would rather fight over the last scraps of resources. 

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UnMask

Theoretical art project from Simone Rebaudengo and Paul Adams places an LED matrix onto a pollution mask to visualize expressions of the wearer - video embedded below:

For environmental and social reasons, mask are more and more common in many parts of our world.

As we believe in the value of some random emotional exchange in the streets, How would you read someone else’s subtle facial reaction to your words? How would you have a conversation when you barley can see each other?  How would the simple act of exchanging a smile happen between two people crossing paths? 

The Unmask is a possible answer to this. It’s a mask that allows to read your facial expressions and unmask your “emotion” hidden underneath.

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It may look beautiful, but that glowing water means disaster for China’s waters 

Look at this stuff — isn’t it neat?

Behold the wonders of Noctiluca scintillans, also known as the Sea Sparkle, a type of single-cell life that eats plankton and fish eggs, and, most importantly, produces an eerily beautiful glow when disturbed. 

Breathtaking — and, also terrifying.