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Transcript of Endangered Animals
Deforestation is killing animals' environments. We do this to get more land and to make our lives better, but at the cost of making animals' lives terrible. We destroy forests for wood also. We are the ones killing animals' environments by deforestation. We are killing endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, moose, etc.
Millions of exotic animals are smuggled each year. Some of which include:
And many more
By: Sal Novak, Sal Palano,
Ryan Sears, and Maeve Brennan
Animals can be smuggled in many different ways. None of these ways are good for animal health:
Birds can be taped up and put in plastic tubes that can be hidden in luggage
Eggs can be put into special vests that can bypass X-ray machines
Smaller animals can be taped up and put into tube socks
Infant snakes can be put into CD cases
Larger animals can be put into backpacks and suitcases
Some animals are even put in the smuggler's clothes (1)
Animal deaths can occur during, or after smuggling. Deaths are caused by:
Crowded living conditions
Lack of food, water, and basic care
Bad handling (1)
Unwanted animals can be set loose and die, or overpopulate, wrecking the ecosystem and killing native species (2)
Smuggling animals is the third most valuable illicit commerce in the world, bringing in $10 billion a year (2)
1.Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.
2.Cleanups can save animals’ lives and discourage people from littering in the future. Take initiative and host a cleanup -- wearing anything but clothes! -- at a park near you. Sign up for ABC Cleanup.
3.In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean.
4.Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.
5.People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas.
Tackle a campaign to make the world stink less.
In global warming there is rapidly changing weather
Facts 1: Forests cover 30% of the earth’s land.
Facts 2: It is estimated that within 100 years there will be no rainforests.
Facts 3: Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation
Facts 4: One and a half acres of forest is cut down every second.
Facts 5: Loss of forests contributes between 12 percent and 17 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. (World Resources Institute)
Facts 6: If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth.
Facts 7: The rate of deforestation equals to loss of 20 football fields every minute.
Facts 8: There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest which can be used as medicines.
Facts 9: According to Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
Facts 10: The over exploitation of forests is making it extremely difficult to replant a new ecology.
Facts 11: 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon forest.
Facts 12: Up to 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next quarter of the century due to deforestation.
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2) "Wildlife Trafficking." Smithsonian. Smithsonian Institution, n.d. Web. 18 May 2015. <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/wildlife-trafficking-149079896/?no-ist>.
3) "51 Facts About Deforestation - Conserve Energy Future." ConserveEnergyFuture. N.p., 11 Sept. 2013. Web. 20 May 2015. <http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-deforestation-facts.php>.
4) "11 Facts About Poaching Animals." 11 Facts About Poaching Animals. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2015. <https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-poaching-animals>.
5) "Kenya Wildlife Trust." Kenya Wildlife Trust. Kenya Wildlife Trust, n.d. Web. 19 May 2015. <http://kenyawildlifetrust.org/>.
around the world. Greenhouse gases are being let out, which causes global warming
Facts 26: Soil erosion, floods, wildlife extinction, increase in global warming, and climate imbalance are few of the effects of deforestation.
Facts 27: Worldwide more than 1.6 billion people rely on forests products for all or part of their livelihoods.
Facts 28: Tropical forests, where deforestation is most prevalent, hold more than 210 gigatonnes of carbon.
Facts 29: According to Forestry Department Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about half the world’s tropical forests have been cleared or degraded.
Facts 30: Tropical rainforests which cover 6-7% of the earth’s surface, contain over half of all the plant and animal species in the world!
Facts 31: Deforestation affects water cycle. Trees absorb groundwater and release the same into the atmosphere during transpiration. When deforestation happens, the climate automatically changes to a drier one and also affects the water table.
Facts 32: The world’s forests store 283 billion tons of carbon present in the biomass.
The online business
Fact 33: Money to save trees is majorly collected online.
Fact 34: One can save up to 20 square feet of forest with online contributions thereby conveniently prevent deforestation.
Fact 35: Over 4 million tons of junk is created online by spamming.
Fact 36: 41 pounds of these junk mails are sent to almost every adult in the United States.
Fact 37: 44% of the junk mail goes unopened.
Fact 38: People in America spend more than 275 million dollars to dispose junk mails.
one thing can change the effect of global warming and that is more carbon dioxide in the air and even can lead a huge effect on deforestation
what scientists use to measure the carbon dioxide in the air is something called the carbon footprint
scientists will measure on how big of a carbon footprint of someone else is by country
an average carbon footprint is 17 tons
the reason why it is measured in tons is because of the modern technology
if to many people get the opportunity of having these electronics global warming will be the product
if global warming happens the first victims will be Canada and Russia
but the cause of it is predicted to be most of Europe and America.
1."Animal poaching" is when an animal is killed illegally. It usually occurs when an animal possesses something that is considered valuable (the animal’s fur or ivory).
2.Many countries believe that the rhino horn is an important ingredient for many medicines. This is false. Rhino horn has the same medicinal effect as chewing on your fingernails aka none.
3.In 2012, 668 rhinos were poached in South Africa. As of January 2013 it increased to 946, these animals were being poached at a rate of 2 per day. Send them a note to thank them for their work. Sign up for Wildlife Cards.
4.At the beginning of the 20th century there were a few million African elephants and approximately 100,000 Asian elephants. Today elephants are now considered endangered, there are about 450,000-700,000 African elephants and 35,000-40,000 Asian elephants.
5.Typically the largest adults, with the biggest tusks are poached – putting the matriarchs of elephant herds at the greatest risk.
Tackle a campaign to make the world stink less.
Explore Campaigns (4)
There are a lot of endangered animals, or even just animals that are in danger of becoming endangered. But what are we doing to help? In Kenya, there are tons of organizations that protect animals. One of these organizations is the Kenya Wildlife Trust. Their mission is to ensure the future of large carnivores through scientific research and sustainable solutions.
They have a vision that in the future, they will have created an environment where humans and carnivores can successfully coexist. The trust works with the best safari operators in Kenya, and they are raising funds through tourism. (5)
Facts 13: 25% of cancers fighting organisms are found in the amazon
Facts 14: 13 million hectare per year in South America and Africa and south East Asia is converted from a forest to an agriculture land.
Facts 15: Deforestation has considerably stopped in places like Europe, Pacific, North America and some parts of Asia due to lack of agricultural land.
Facts 16: Half of the world’s tropical forests has already been cleared.
Facts 17: 4500 acres of forests are cleared every hour by forest fires, bull dozers, machetes etc.
Facts 18: Poverty, over-population and unequal land access are the main causes of man- made deforestation.
Facts 19: The total world forest loss till date is 7.3 million hectares per year.
Facts 20: 1.6 billion people across the globe depend on forest products for their livelihoods there by adding more to deforestation.
Facts 21: Almost half of world’s timber and up to 70% of paper is consumed by Europe, United States and Japan alone.
Facts 22: Industrialized countries consume 12 times more wood and its products per person than the non-industrialized countries.
Facts 23: The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population but consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
Facts 24: Fuel wood in sub Saharan African countries is consumed up to 200% times more than the annual growth rates of the trees. This is causing deforestation, lack of timber resources and loss of habitat for the species living in it.
Facts 25: Trees are important constituents of the ecosystem by absorbing carbon.
Fact 39: The paper industry is fourth largest in producing greenhouse gas thereby majorly contributing to deforestation.
Fact 40: On an average, a person in the United States uses more than 700 pounds of paper every year.
Take the right action
Fact 41: A lot of paper and cardboard is used unnecessarily for packing. This means more tree felling.
Fact 42: Re- use paper and plastic bags to discourage deforestation.
Fact 43: Use canvas or paper bags as another alternative.
Fact 44: Pick products which require less packaging.
Fact 45: Be creative and mail manufacturers telling them to use eco-friendly products. Show them your deforestation knowledge by highlighting certain important facts using statistics.
Fact 46: Sign effective petitions that work and help reduce deforestation.
Fact 47: Support eco-friendly companies buy buying their products that promise more durability in an inexpensive way.
Fact 48: Be active and plant trees- it can be at your homes, backyards or you can join any organization keen on stopping deforestation.
Fact 49: Reduce the consumption of beef to tone down the pressure to clear more forests for the cattle.
Fact 50: Boycott companies by supporting organizations that care about the environment at the cost of fighting back for the evergreen trees.
Fact 51: Seek knowledge on deforestation and how can you prevent it from happening by reading newspapers, magazines, internet, TV shows. Spread the word and make it go viral.
6.In 2011, there were 13 large-scale seizures of ivory and over 23 tons of ivory confiscated. This is equivalent to at least 2,500 elephants.
7.Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Korea are just a few countries with markets for horn and tusk.
8.Bear gall bladders get top dollar for Chinese herbal remedies. And big-horned sheep antlers can fetch $20,000 on the black market.
9.Tigers are primarily killed to supply underground black markets with its organs, pelts, and bones. These items are highly regarded in eastern medicine (although these treatments have been disproved and have no real medical value).
10.In Asia, tiger parts (other than the bone) are used in mythological medicine. This includes: the eyes, hair, internal organs.
11.A 2010 United Nations report suggests that gorillas could disappear from large parts of the Congo Basin by the mid-2020s. (4)
6.The Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a “dead zone” in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey.
7.Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming.
8.Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population. However, the US uses 25% of the world’s resources - burning up nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the oil, and 27% of the world’s natural gas.
9.Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into US water.
10.While children make up 10% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. More than 3 million children under age five die annually from environmental factors.
11.Recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material away from being disposed of in 2010, up from 18 million tons in 1980.
(6) "5 Fantastic Organizations Fighting to Protect Endangered Species." One Green Planet. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2015. <http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/fantastic-organizations-fighting-to-protect-endangered-species/>.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is currently one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. All over the world, they save and rescue individual animals, protect entire animal populations (such as working to stop the illegal killing of elephants and trading of their ivory), and preserves precious habitats. From dogs, cats, and farm animals to wildlife and sea creatures, IFAW is there when animals require assistance, have been affected by natural disasters, or need an advocate against cruelty. (6)
Defenders of Wildlife was founded in 1947 with the belief that wildlife and nature brings unmeasurable value and therefore must be protected. They are a national conservation organization dedicated to the protection of all native animal and plant species in their natural communities throughout North America, and are focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. This means not only protecting wildlife, but also the land and water sources they use in order to thrive. (6)
Defenders of Wildlife
Have you ever thought about endangered animals or any other world issue? Most issues are actually connected in some way. Tons of different problems that you may not even know about can effect animals. Animals are effected everyday by something. They end up becoming endangered and extinct if those issues don't stop. But, though the issues seem big and unstoppable, humans can help animals and help stop these problems in the world. This is what we are here to talk about, endangered animals.