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Earth’s Becoming a Hot Frying Pan

In this 21st century, ‘Global Warming’ has become the scourge of our environment. It is the direct consequence of various adverse human activities.

In this 21st century, ‘Global Warming’ has become the scourge of our environment. It is the direct consequence of various adverse human activities.

What is Global Warming?

Literally, it means the heating up of the earth.

   The main cause of Global Warming is the increase of green house gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These gases are called greenhouse gases because like the glass of the green house, they let the heat from the sun enter the earth but do not let them radiate back to the space.

     At present forest are being cleared at the rate of one hectare per second due to which the carbon dioxide levels are increasing in the atmosphere.

     The ‘State of the Climate Report’ (1997) released by the WWF (World Wide Fund of Nature) gives a red alert to the world.  When they analyzed the temperatures of the earth collected over a number of years they could conclusively prove that Global Warming was indeed taking place.

     Scientists have predicted that the increase of green house gases in the atmosphere will make the earth a warmer place. They expect the average global temperature to rise by 1.4 to 5.8 degree Celsius in the next century.

     However some scientists are also reluctant to accept that Global Warming is occurring since they argue that global temperature variation could also be due to changes in the activity of the sun.

     Global Warming will have different effect in different areas. It will lead to longer rains in the wet periods, longer droughts over larger areas and more powerful storms. The warm temperatures will melt the polar caps leading to a rise in sea level from 9cm to 100cm by the year 2100. Rise in the sea level will inundate the low lying areas. Many natural habitats will be destroyed leading to the extinction of thousands of animal species. Low lying countries such as Maldives may vanish completely; being submerged by the rising sea.

     Our Mother Earth has fallen sick and we must cure her. We can start preventing deforestation. It may not be possible for us to start mass campaigns like that of the ‘CHIPKO Movement’ but we can at least by our individual effort prevent cutting down of at least one tree but plant another instead. Doing so will obviously bring our ‘sick mother’ back to health.

    Now is the time when we should become aware of Global Warming and take initiatives to safeguard our Mother Earth. If we don’t then human beings like the Dinosaurs will become extinct from the earth.

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