Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cold shoulder to Global Warming!!!

It's gladdening to know the there is no dearth of takers for spreading a message about the environment. 

Here we have yet another guest blogger, Shubhra Rishi (, who has something factual and interesting to tell...

Earth is falling? Ah! Well, for quite some time now. Earth greenhouse has sustained us for millions of years. It’s time it asked for a change. And why not? We humans have polluted the earth’s atmosphere for centuries. Earlier, it was the construction to the degeneration of the earth’s climate – manufacturing vehicles. If we start to discuss the evolution of machines, it would be difficult to press the brakes.

Global Warming has been the talk of the town for years. It is the average rise in the earth’s temperature, which is a result of human activity. The temperature according to the website has risen 1/3rd degree per Fahrenheit per decade.

Before we get down to discuss what’s happening worldwide, lets scribble down some facts about climate change.

  • In the Jurassic Era, CO2 was 2 to 4 times greater than today (NOAA). 

  • During the Ice Age( 125,000 years ago), the Earth also was much warmer than today and the sea level much higher - by about 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters).

If Alaska is feeling the heat, the sun bathing crowd at Florida will suffer a heat stroke. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.

Arctic Ice is disappearing. Glaciers and Snow Mountains are slowly melting. It has also given rise to extreme weather conditions such as forest fires, heat waves and strong tropical storms. Singing the Zephyr song isn’t enough, guys!

So what is Kyoto Protocol? Wiki states that it is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC) which aims at fighting global warming. 37 countries have signed this environmental treaty to reduce the usage of four green house gases namely, Carbon DiOxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Sulphur Hexaflouride. Its being successfully implemented is still a mystery.

We still continue to pollute our environment despite repeated reminders. It’s become an interminable habit .Our surrounding, to us, seems like a wide-open space, readily available for exploitation.

The truth is – there isn’t much time left; or, much space left.

Watch out for this SPACE more. Planet times continues to inform.

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