Mining Presents a Threat to Mammals
Dear readers, Mining is the extraction of valuable and useful minerals from the earth. With the development of technology in the modern era, there is an increase in mining activities throughout the planet earth. A review finds out that mining presents a threat to mammals.
The soil and water get contamination from the minerals. This threatens the life of living organisms and vegetations. Mining also causes changes in landscape shapes. Organisms around the landscapes of mining increase the risk to the life of living organisms. In this review, the reviewers dig the threats.
The review lists 153 species of mammals receiving impact from mining. However, out of these, 128 species (84%) are not mentioned to be affected by mining in the IUCN red list.
The review paper suggests the inclusion of mining as a risk by the IUCN. The study is online in Journal for Nature Conservation, in its 62nd volume.
Other Risks by Mining
A number of risks are due to mining. Some of them are;
- Destruction of habitat.
- Mining is a great cause of water pollution.
- The killing of the Aquatic animals.
- Decrease in biodiversity.
- Erosion of the soil.
- Reduction in species richness.
- The addition of heavy metals to water, thus affecting the endocrine system.
- Reduction in the number of algae species thus decreases the amount of Oxygen for aquatic species.
- Many humans diseases are caused by mining pollution. It affects the lungs, kidneys, heart, and many other organs.
Besides many negative impacts, it has a larger number of positive impacts too.
- It creates employment for local people.
- Adds to local as well as regional economies.
- Provide materials for buildings and road infrastructure.
- Provide energy thus run the life.
Beside these positive and negative impacts, mining in a sustainable way can govern life better.