10 Fun Facts About the Environment

The environment includes everything that surrounds us, both living and non-living things. Plants, animals, soil, water, weather and climate are some examples. These elements work together as part of an integral system, where the different elements interact with each other, providing the conditions necessary for life to exist. Check out our video below or keep reading to find out more fun facts about our environment that will leave you feeling amazed!

Here are 15 amazing environmental facts

Taiga or Boreal Forest

1. THE World's largest biome

The Taiga, also known as the boreal forest, is the world's largest biome.

The Taiga houses 30% of the world's forest cover, 11% of the Earth's landmass and stretches from Scotland to Newfoundland, via Russia and Canada!


Temperate Rainforest

2. TEMPERATE RAINFORESTs Exist

Did you know that rainforests aren't all tropical? 

The are several types of forests around world and temperate rainforests are one of them. Some examples of where they can be found are the Pacific Northwest, Japan, New Zealand and Ireland

Recycling Paper

3. RECYCLING 1 TON OF paper  

Recycling is a great way for individuals to help save the planet.

Recycling paper has a significant positive impact on the environment, equivalent to saving: 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 
3.2 cubic yards of landfill and 60lbs of air pollution!

Sea water

4. MOST OF THE WORLD'S WATER IS SALTY

97% of the earth's water is actually salt water found in the oceans.

While about 3% of the earth's water is fresh, less than 1% of fresh water actually usable - 2.5% of the earth's supply of fresh water is unavailable to human beings (ie. too far under the surface, locked up in glaciers, highly polluted, etc.).

Fungi

5. FUNGI HELP TO MANAGE THE EARTH

Fungi are earth's environmental managers! Without them, all life in the forest would be buried under layers of dead matter.

They not only decompose dead matter, but also break down rocks and even help to absorb oil spills and radiation.

Through the decomposition process, fungi release nutrients into the soil, which are needed for plants to grow and thrive.

Ocean Thermal Energy

6. WE CAN GET ENERGY FROM THE OCEAN

Yes, we can source energy from the ocean! Ocean thermal energy is a new technology that produces energy by harnessing the different temperatures (thermal gradients) between the deep ocean and the ocean surface. 

Many countries have started to experiment with ocean thermal energy regulation as a source of renewable energy.

Beets

7. Plant-Based Road Salt Alternative

Beet juice can be used on roads instead of salt as a deicer: it freezes at -20ºC rather than -5ºC and is less harmful to the environment.

Salt-based deicers are not only harmful to vehicles and infrastructures, but excess salt from roadways can also flow into freshwater and disturb local ecosystems.

Beet juice on the other hand, is considered to be an eco-friendly winder road management solution! 

Aluminum cans

8. ALUMINUM CAN BE RECYCLED INDEFINITELY

Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours! 

Aluminum is the most recyclable materials in the recycling bin, as well as one of the most recycled materials!

Aluminum can be recycled back to its original form and has a cost-effective recycling process, where it more than pays for its recycling costs and saves 90% more energy than sourcing new aluminum. 

Sahara Desert Winds

9. SAHARAN DESERT WINDS FERTILIZE THE AMAZON BASIN

Despite the fact that the Sahara and the Amazon Rainforest are miles apart, they share millions of tons of dust.

Dust carried from the wind of the Saharan Desert help to fertilize the Amazon Basin, which is the world's most biodiverse ecosystem!  

In reality, it's not actually the dust, but the nutrients that it carries, especially phosphorus - which is a key nutrient for plants to grow and survive.




Strangler Fig at Ta Prohm

10. THE Ozone Layer will be Fully-healed BY 2069

The UN's Environment Agency (UNEP) has declared that the ozone layer, the planet's protective shield of gas, is on track to heal completely in our lifetime.

The recovery was made possible due to the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances, showing that if humans work together, we can really save the planet!





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Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
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Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
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Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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