D N Singh
A renewed fury of nature has started to manifest. ‘Asani’ or any other nomenclatures attached to such tidal invasions, in nutshell, it is clear that a doomsday looms over.
Be it from the sea or elsewhere, it is all centered from the sea which occupies two thirds of the earth. And on the land area, as on today, the shrinkage of the green cover is alarming and the result is direct i. e an eroding impact on the bio-diversity with very minimal absorption of the toxics.
The coastal regions have become the ones as eyes of all the reprisals of the sea regime.
For example, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, grew to become the major targets on the frequency graph.
It is more or less fresh in the memory of the country what happened in 1999 when the Super Cyclone invaded with a vengeance nearly 14 districts of Odisha and the footprints of that wrath still remain indelible.
Before that, the cyclone in 1971 was no less cataclysmic when five human settlements were literally swept away into the sea leaving Satavaya as the only living sentinel with a dash with pessimism which still haunts every soul in that settlement.
Then followed a series of such catastrophes that left Odisha and Andhra suffering the brunt of nature.
The easiest explanation is that it is the severity of Climate Change. But who is behind that?
Human activities after all are the driving forces behind. It is for all to see. Melting glaciers, dying polar bears, floods, heat waves and cold waves, all constitute the most sinister and foreboding signs that are overlooked or at best end with a panic note in international summits.
It is important to keep in mind that our globe does not heat above 2 degree celsius because if it does, then nobody can check the dooms staring at us all.
The foremost need of this hour is to limit the temperature by drastically checking the quantum of emissions of greenhouse gases at least by ten years to come.
Which otherwise means that once we hit that peak of this graph, our emissions start falling down and then we hit a situation of carbon ‘ net-zero’ by about 2050.
But given the wayward approach by the historically polluting nations like the UK and US, it is hard to assume that there would be a state of carbon neutrality when our perennial emissions may be cancelled by carbon absorption and sequestration or seizure.
If that does not happen with the active cooperation of developed countries and developing ones like India, we are going to grope in the dark of the devastating fury of nature and perish.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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