D N Singh
A paradigm change is everywhere visible. Right from many quotients of life of human beings that are being significantly influenced by nature as its gradual deterioration is visible.
Nature has started playing truant yet again. Climate manifests unusual traits forcing many experts to believe that something is going wrong fast.
A January monsoon!
In the months of winter like January when the winter is supposed to be on the retreat, in Odisha and surrounding areas there is a blitzkrieg of winter sending revelers back to their homes.
Warm clothes that had been stacked back in selves are out again for the present.
Although the Meteorological department has not issued any fresh statement, it has only made a guess work saying that a low trough area has triggered the rains accompanied with extremely cold waves all through the country.
A very noticeable change in the characteristics of nature and the ecological order are also equally puzzling.
The unusual climate has ushered in new diseases creating a throwback to the days of the pandemic.
Instances of cold fevers like flu, viral and other ailments have resurfaced.
It is since last one year one could notice the flabbergasting absence of birds and insects from nature's cycle.
Vultures, as such, are extinct already and many other birds have become rare and rare.
Perennially visible crows are no more visible .Something quite unusual and shocking.
Sparrows are species that have become a creature of the past, ridding us all from those nostalgic chirps and to look for them in the concrete monstrosity like cities and towns has become a utopia.
No mynahs are found frolicking and hopping around and their disappearance is just shocking.
Where are ants?
There was a time when even a crumb of any sweet was inviting thousands of ants. But, today, even a full sweet lying bare on the ground or anywhere remains free of even a single ant.
“It affects at least 10,967 species on the IUCN Red List, and projections suggest that if global temperatures increase by 2°C by 2100, about 18% of all species on land will face extinction “.
The rising sea temperatures, melting ice, and changing weather patterns caused by climate change are going to play havoc further.
Are we heading towards an existence where, in the days to come, life will be deprived of a minimum sustainable eco-diversity essential in a corresponding life-sequence? Even bigger ones like elephants, big cats, jackals and many others are on the run in a world of their(Forest cover) that is shrinking fast .