Tourism is one of the main businesses in Florida. Influx of tourists leads to the generation of a large amount of waste products. In 2017, 48 million tons of landfilled waste was generated in this state. The tourists visiting this country and the residents were responsible for the generation of this waste.
The landfill areas in Florida are, therefore, increasing. Single-stream recycling is the methodology used for treating waste materials in Florida. 'Plasma arc gasification' is another method of waste disposal.
The attack of invasive species leads to the formation of a single-species environment, which is harmful from the point of ecological balance. Brazilian pepper is one such invasive plant species, known to have covered more than 700,000 acres in southern Florida. Other plants, like the Australian Pine, have also covered close to 400,000 acres.
Extinction of Animal and Plant Species
The Florida panther is an endangered species facing threat of extinction in near future. The manatee also faces this danger. Efforts taken by the federal government have, however, led to increase in the number of animals like alligators. These famous creatures were included in the list of endangered animals in 1977, which led to increase in their population.
Problem of environmental pollution has led to buildup of wastes greatly. As of May 3, 2010, there were 52 Superfund sites on the National Priorities List in Florida. Cleanup of hazardous substances from surroundings is done at these sites. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is commonly known as 'Superfund'.
All forms of life are interrelated and interdependent. Any disturbance of the balance of nature resulting from human intervention produces disastrous consequences. Global warming is one such observable indication associated with climate change. We should put our sincere efforts in conserving nature and reducing our harmful impact on our own abode.