Global warming and it’s repercussions on our planet. A WAKE-UP call

Global warming and it’s repercussions on our planet. A WAKE-UP call

Mangaluru : India | Aug 05, 2011 at 10:18 AM PDT
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Global warming and its impact

Report By: Nina Rai

Aug 5, 2011

One of the most daunting tasks facing scientists, environmentalists, governments’ and the common citizen’s world over is the issue of global warming. Global warming is basically a product of the ‘green house effect.’ But what exactly constitutes the green house effect? In simple layman’s terms, it is nothing but an increase in the earth’s capability to absorb heat far beyond its normal limits.

The overall temperature of the earth is steadily increasing on a yearly basis. While this increase in temperature is minimal but this small rise has been taking place over several decades. One set of people believe that we humans are to be blamed for this rise due to the way we are mismanaging our planet. At the same time there is another bunch which believe that there has been no change in this trend of increasing temperature since ages and therefore its absurd to blame mankind for global warming trend.

‘The Critical Decade’ a recent report of the Australian Government's climate commission states that it’s an indisputable fact that global warming is largely a human-induced phenomenon. The report warns that the world today faces a Herculean task of avoiding hazardous climate change. Human emissions of carbon dioxide is behind the rise in global warming and also predicts that sea will rise up to a meter by the year 2100. The said report has urged for a global limit to be put on emissions till 2050, so that our planet has a chance of curtailing temperature increases to 2C.

Australian Chief Commissioner Tim Flannery opines that warming of our planet is undeniable. “All the data points that way, that humans are causing it, again that is incontrovertible," he added. One of the top climate advisers of Australian PM Julia Gillard's says “Climate change denial is a luxury the world can no longer afford.” It’s clear what decisions the world politicians make today will affect generations in future.

Whatever the rationale behind the global warming whether human induced or otherwise, this enhanced heat absorption ability or higher temperature has in reality resulted in several changes and problems on the upper crust of our planet. For instance there are weather changes, melting of ices and glaciers over the Arctic & Antarctic regions and dramatic changes in the ecosystem. There are also adverse effects on the agricultural sectors as also the forests. These are just a list of few problems arising out of the green house effect and/or global warming.

Already due to this phenomenon a lot of damage has been wrought upon Mother Earth in the form of tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, hotter weather conditions etc. In-fact this on-going warming process is affecting all areas of our life viz., political, economical and also the social sphere. As the denizens of this planet, the onus is now upon us to try and undo the adverse effects of global warming. Planet earth belongs to each one of us, it’s our home. Just as we will do our utmost to protect and cherish out home, so also we ought to take crucial steps to take care of our planet.

While several policies and laws pertaining to global warming have been put forth and are still being formulated and improved upon each day, the moot point is whether these policies are being properly implemented and strictly enforced. You just need to look around yourself, watch the news and you will know the answer is a huge ‘No’. Despite all efforts being made, the disastrous impact of global warming can be seen continually damaging our surrounding.

Many of us common folk have the mindset that global warming is a too huge problem which we cannot do anything about and only those in the seats of power like the government or people with clout and money are in a position to stop and reverse the damage wrought by it. Well then we couldn’t be more wrong.

Whoever we are, whichever part of the planet we are in, whatever we are doing, whatever position we are in, rich or poor we can all do our bit about global warming. First we got to accept the fact that this is a problem which is a threat to humankind and all living beings. Next, each one of us has got to do something about it.

For instance there is the internet. This is one medium which is so powerful that it can be used to reach out to a vast audiences’ world over to effect any change. All we got to do is write out our thoughts in the form of articles or essays on the issue of global warming and post it at various websites. There are millions of users out there who would read what we have to say. It is sure to have an impact, in fact a cascading effect and the results are bound to show on the ground some day, sooner or later.

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Global warming could do more than just melt polar ice. It could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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