Environmental issues encompass a vast array of human activity’s effects on the biophysical environment. Major current environmental issues include climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, endangered species, waste disposal and the depletion of natural resources—to name only a few.

No set of issues may require greater global cooperation to solve than environmental challenges, with climate change being among the greatest and most urgent crises we have ever faced. Yet obstacles—from science deniers to political gridlock to a monumentally powerful fossil fuel industry—stand in the way of critical policies, strategies and innovations that can minimize and prevent the worst consequences of climate change and help our most vulnerable communities adapt to change already underway.

The impact of many environmental issues may be global, but strong action at the local and state levels can serve a models for national and international progress that can greatly impact both current and future generations.

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