We have explored nature since the day we stepped on this planet and at the very beginning, things went well with the interference of human and nature. As times goes by this has turned into a harmful relationship, more and more disasters occur on our planet enhanced in part due to humans affecting ecological factors.
Pet Goldfish Become Monsters
A goldfish is An iconic part of many children’s lives. If treated well, they can live for decades. However, goldfish are having a huge impact on the environment because of their well-intentioned owners. Goldfish, which are members of the carp family, are Introduced into lakes and streams by owners wanting to free their fish or get rid of a pet they didn’t expect to live so long. So maybe not always with good intentions. Goldfish may even get into local waters because owners thought their pet was dead and flushed it down a toilet.
Scientists stringently warn against the “toilet funeral” because, sometimes, a fish may not be deceased. If it survives the trip through the sewer system and into the local waterways, then it will become an invasive species. If it is deceased, then that little fish-corpse Could introduce disease and parasites to the area.
Goldfish are limited by the size of its tank, which is why we often think of them as small creatures. However, here you can see a picture of Raphael Biagini who caught a 30lb koi carp in a lake in the south of France in 2010. Fellow anglers told him they had Spent 6 years trying to snare the legendary goldfish.
In 2013 researchers discovered giant goldfish lurking in Lake Tahoe that was about 1.5 feet (0.45 meters) long. The goldfish seem to be thriving and are said to be breeding quickly. Experts are now worried that The invasive species could severely impact the Lake Tahoe ecosystem.
To add to the problems Goldfish eat by stirring up the bottom of lakes, suspending the sediment in the water making it difficult for aquatic plants to grow. They reproduce quickly and are hard to remove. Obviously, many researchers are concerned that this invasive species will push out local species of fish. Sue Williams, an ecology professor at UC Davis and lead author of the report on Lake Tahoe says that In “aquarium dumping” when owners throw their fish into bodies of water rather than remove them, Accounts for a third of the world’s worst invasive species. She says that even eliminating them is better than dumping them in the wild. You may save the life of one fish but by doing so You could wipe out a whole population of native fish. Please try to find your fish a new home.
Spraying for Zika Mosquitos Destroys Millions of Bees
Zika causes flu-like symptoms in adults and has been Linked to children born with an underdeveloped brain, called microcephaly, as well as other birth defects. The disease is expected to spread to all in countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile. It Remains a global health emergency according to the (World Health Organization) WHO. After a dozen cases of travel-related Zika appeared in South Carolina, officials in Dorchester County decided to get ahead of an epidemic. For the first time on Sunday, September 28, 2016, Planes flew over the county raining down a pesticide called Naled. The US began using Naled in 1959 according to the EPA, and supposedly the chemical dissipates so quickly it is not a hazard to people. Really? Naled is banned in Europe and is Known to also cause harm to human fetuses. Exactly what they are trying to prevent…
Usually, the insecticide is sprayed by truck to Control mosquitoes in the Southern US and comes with all sorts of warnings so that local beekeepers can protect their hives. However, when Dorchester County officials decided to try something new, They never even considered the beehives. They figured they would cover more area by spraying from the air and prevent a Zika crisis. When the owners of Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies went out later, They found their 46 hives were destroyed and 2.4 million bees were eliminated. Other local beekeepers also lost all of their hives and there were reports of wild bees being found deceased.
Besides the beekeepers and honey farms, Farmers depend on those little insects to pollinate their crops. Honeybees along with other pollinators provide invaluable pollinating services, which help produce approximately $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. alone.
The Giant African Snail Invasion
In 1936, the giant African Snail was Introduced into Hawaii as a garden ornament. Within ten years, the snail became a major pest on the tropical island because it was eating its way through the island’s agricultural fields.