Global warming could invite catastrophe; Nations need to brace for hot days, flash floods and raging storms

Rising temperatures are ushering in major catastrophe to weather conditions, and life on earth

The devastating scale of climate change impacts will be unveiled Monday in a landmark UN report expected to show that

Global warming is huge, and the effort of fathoming the threat it brings to billions of people and crucial ecosystems is currently on. A UN report, termed as a landmark document in the climate change terrain, is bringing to the fore the devastation the heating up of the earth and its atmosphere would result in.

It is a fact that rising temperatures are ushering in major catastrophe to weather conditions, and more. There are chances of extreme weather situations, possible collapse of the ecosystem, triggering of mosquito-borne diseases, water shortages and reduced crop yields due to the warming phenomenon.

Catastrophe looms as earth gets warmer

A look at the past year’s events would stand testimony to the fact that global warming is nothing short of a catastrophe. The regular flooding situations, heatwaves and wildfires across four continents are just a few examples of how it could be.

But then, such phenomenon need to be seen just as the beginning. This is exactly what the assessment about the accelerating risks of climate change as seen by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) points to. The report is reportedly a 40-page Summary for Policymakers, and is based on major scientific research. Delegates from close to 200 nations have reviewed the report, and it is said that the stakes have never been higher. The report is also said to have detailed the “cost of human-driven carbon pollution to interconnected natural and human-built systems”.

That also means that global warming has been impacting everything around us. From food and water shortage to the to the survival chances of many species, the IPCC report discusses in detail the increasing impact of the warming phenomenon we could be subjected to in the near future.

World needs to adapt itself to extreme conditions

The situation is such that the world will have to adapt itself to the devastating conditions that may not go away from our midst. The conditions could be even more than what can be possibly perceived, in terms of extreme hot days, flash floods and raging storms. Even more worrying is the fact that these devastating experiences would be the hardest for the poorest and most vulnerable sections.

It needs to be noted that there has been a 1.1 degrees Celsius increase in the warming of the earth since the 19th century. When the global nations met in 2015 at Paris, a cap on global warming had been suggested at well below 2 degrees Celsius or ideally at 1.5 degree Celsius.

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Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »
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