Is this article for you? If you have heard a lot of global warming and wondering if it needs real attention, read on. Often there are many articles, videos which depict the bad effects of industrialization, release of carbon oxides etc. If you don’t know how to understand this deeply serious topic, read on to know facts. If you are a person who doesn’t like to think about future and plan for life day by day, stop here!
As a prelude to reading this article, I request my readers to watch the documentary video An Inconvenient truth. It is an absorbing presentation of facts from former
Scientists have established that if global temperatures rise by more than 2° C, the resultant changes will irretrievably endanger life on this planet. Other environmentalists, climate scientists have observed that current reductions in emission of green house gases are not enough. At this level of emission, we will push global temperatures beyond tipping point by 2050. There are few grieve some probable scenarios which could visit us during our lifetime. It is now recorded that most affected lot will be ones who contributed to it in least manner i.e. poorer people, living mostly in developing parts of Asia and Africa. As I write this line, I hear of 200 people dead in floods affecting south
That’s just one part of the story. Scientists have predicted now that agriculture will be threatened in other ways also. They predict that patterns of rainfall will change. While absolute volume of rainwater will remain constant, it will be spread over fewer days and therefore will be more intense than before. This prediction is well corroborated by current floods affecting Karnool and Mantralaya. The world’s supply of food will shrink. With population growth outpacing growth of food production, more and more agricultural land is taken for industrial purpose. The present crisis is likely to deepen with food riots becoming part of life in developing countries. A change in rainfall patterns and melting glaciers will affect availability of water. Supply constraints will intensify competition for a diminished resource and could trigger water wars. Those who have tracked Cauvery waters conflict will not find it difficult to predict more animosity with neighbors. Another fallout is increase in frequency of freak weather events – storms, hurricanes, floods and drought. If
There are ways to avoid a catastrophe – only if developed world acts responsibly. The developing world, although contributes only 1/10th will need to do follow soon. The World economic and social survey report 2009 re-affirms that the developed countries need to work on more stringent emission and green house related targets. The developed world has been sending up harmful emission over past 200 years in form of automobiles and industry. They must implement stringent emission norms for developed countries to follow. This principle was agreed in
The report reveals some of world’s most populous cities at risk. Just want to list them down here, maybe your city is in this list!
Perth – 16 million
Mumbai – 14 million
Shanghai – 14 million
Karachi – 13 million
Sao Paulo – 11 million
Istanbul – 11 million
Jakarta – 8 million
New york – 8 million
Kolkata – 5 million
I will close with tales of couple of cities.
Tell tale of Mumbai – The inter government panel for climate change says that by turn of this century, large parts of this metropolis will be under water. Even now, the sea level is just few feet away from buildings during high tide. Mumbai is commercial and entertainment centre of
Tell tale of