Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Climate change – A menace to the environment

Inspite of the tremendous technological growth, the problem of climate change is becoming large and larger every day. The graphical map of climate change and its impact on environment follows the a steep upward curve – rising up the earth's temperature. The rare and endangered species of plants and animals are on extinction. The concentration of the green house gases in the atmosphere is growing at an alarming rate. The winters are becoming milder and much shorter. The polar ice caps are melting, the glaciers are vanishing and the level of water in the oceans is rising. The disastrous reality that's facing the mankind today refers to the - global climate change.

Nobody could exactly imagine as what is going to happen next. The necessity of eco friendly technologies has come forward now. The consequences of climate change and its effects are really unpredictable. Since the industrial revolution increasing human activities has burped out nearly 300 Giga tons of carbon-di-oxide. The ratio will become almost double in the next 25 years. Before the end of the century the concentration of green house gases in the atmosphere will reach 550 ppm, twice the pre industrial level.

For the first time in 1997, the world community took the right step by signing the Kyoto Protocol in order to tackle the problem of the climate change. Kyoto Protocol is the major step for the stabilization of the level of the green house gases at various levels into the atmosphere. According to the estimation, by 2010 there would be 6% increase in the level of the carbon-di-oxide emissions as compared to the 1990 levels.

If present trend continues the problem of climate change will not only increase it will become unapproachable very soon for the inhabitants of the earth. In the past few years, we have the felt the drastic changes in the environment. Deforestation and pollution has proved to the major threat to the biodiversity on earth. Land degradation has threatened food security. Water pollution is the cause yo large number of deadly diseases.

Climate change is no doubt a tremulous reality. Now is the time to stop thinking and take the concrete steps in this direction. Instead of passing the blame on one another think as one and initiate the newer ways to tackle this problem.

Aparana Chauhan


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