By: Laila McCutchoen
70-90% of our world’s beaches are disappearing because of rising sea levels and more storms. so why not use desert sand? It isn’t dense enough and will just be blown away.
They aren’t running out, but they are becoming useless. New bacteria are evolving to resist antibiotics. This illnesses may soon become epidemics because antibiotics can no longer treat them.
Due to over fishing and the cooling of the North Pacific, this species is dwindling. This species’ population will have a hard time recovering, if it ever does.
They’ve been around since the time of the dinosaurs, but recently it’s been classified as critically endangered because of over fishing and loss of habitat. The United States imports over 80% of the world’s caviar, which is worth around $100 million per year, and this is contributing to their endangerment.
5) Medical Isotopes
Utilized in detecting bone cancer and brain and kidney diseases, medical isotopes are used by over 70,000 people every day. It uses technetium-99m which is made inside research nuclear reactors. These nuclear reactors are shutting down or going under repair, so this very necessary medical technique might have to be replaced.
6) Honey Bees
Bees have been around for some 74 to 146 million years, before the continents even drifted apart.Today these little insects are under threat by a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has wiped out 36% of hives in the US alone. The causes of CCD are unknown. But these bees are necessary to pollinate our food.
We don’t notice the scarcity because of the United States National Helium Reserve, which holds around one billion cubic meters of the stuff, was mandated back in 1966 to sell all helium at extremely low prices until 2015. Now that this reserve is out we will have to start making our own.
As temperatures keep rising, predictions show that large areas where grapes are currently grown will be unsuitable by 2050. These famous wine countries won’t be completely unable to produce, but tremendous expenses in irrigation and other special adjustments will need to be made in order for them to continue production.
9) New Music
The exact date when all possible combinations of sounds capable of forming new and enjoyable music will be reached is unknown and likely far in the future, but we have to keep in mind that someday it will come to an end.
Recently, a banana fungus known as Tropical Race 4 began attacking banana trees, inhibiting their ability to extract nutrients from the soil. This fungus can’t be killed by any current fungicides and can easily move from place to place by sticking to boots, clothing, tools and even water. It’s spread to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and appears to have hit Latin America as well.