Human Overpopulation And Waste
In the 20th century, waste production has increased ten-fold, due primarily to urbanisation, industrialisation and a rising human population.
Mankind currently produces 2 billion tonnes of waste each year. And according to a recent report by The World Bank, if current industrialisation and urbanisation trends continue, that figure will increase by a further 70% by 2050.
And man-made waste creates more than just a logistical problem; it also has a significant environmental impact. As it decomposes, it gives off methane, a toxic greenhouse gas. These gas emissions contribute significantly to climate change which is already responsible for extreme weather events such as heatwaves, excessive rainfall, destructive winds and unprecedented sea level rises.