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Will ‘Great Dying’ be Repeated?
|by V. K. Joshi (Bijji)|
All eyes are towards Berlin, where the Intergovernmental panel on climate change is meeting from 7th to 11th April, 2014. There are apparently two groups amongst the scientists one believing that all this hullaballoo about the climate change is humbug and it has nothing to with human intervention. Whereas the other is confident that it is the doing of 1851 industrial revolution, which has augmented the greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere to an extent that the climate change has set it. There are fence sitters like me, who believe that climate change is inevitable, but yes we have accelerated its pace, by pumping the atmosphere with GHGs, overpopulating the planet to an extent that food shortages in the future may become order of the day, mismanaging the water resources to an extent that in future drinking water may cost more than petrol.
One thing is clear, the Nature is silently, doing its job and keeps sending us reminders and warnings, but we remain blissfully aloof and ignorant. Mind you this is not the first time in the history of the Earth that the nature has started to become haywire. It has happened at least five if not seven times in the past too, but fortunately we were not evolved then. However, life on the Earth was in full swing otherwise. The wrath of the Nature is such that it doesn’t kill in thousands or millions, when it goes on a killing spree, it completely annihilates live forms.
The explanation given by the scientists for the great dying is that it must have started with an environmental change, later multiple bolide impacts, increased volcanisms and sudden release of methane gas by methane producing microbes. Fortunately, factories, cars, polluted rivers, polluted food, pesticides; insecticides etc. along with insect like mass of humanity were not there to face the brunt.
It may be added here that the coastal populations of Gujarat and Tamilnadu have faced the brunt of the rising or falling sea levels in the past 15000 years. The ruins of exquisitely beautiful temples, sea ports bear testimony to the nature’s ire. Similarly, the ruins of Indus Valley Civilization bear ample testimony to natures anger-how cruel it can be-to have compelled the race of intelligent human being either perish or settle elsewhere.
Small countries like Nepal, Ethiopia and Bangladesh have braced themselves to face the challenge of the nature. It was news to know that Bangladesh has spent $10million to adapt to climatic extremes.
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