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Mercury Rising

One major crisis phenomenon that keeps haunting the geologists is the constantly rising temperature. Alone in the past 50 years, the average earth’s temperature has risen by over 0.8 degrees. As per data analyzed by NASA scientists, 2011 was the ninth warmest year in 132 years of recordkeeping.

The direct effect of the same can be seen in the rising sea levels that further lead to more absorption of the sun’s heat.

The resultant of this rising heat is the never ending vicious circle. The rising temperature accelerates the rate of melting of the polar ice caps. This leads to a rise in the sea level which further accelerates the melting of glaciers hence reducing the reflection of the sun’s rays. So, rather than reflecting of the sun’s rays by ice, the water absorbs the heat and further adds to the temperature and further melting ice. The warming also “eats” the Arctic’s permafrost, releasing carbon dioxide and methane, further accelerating global warming.

But this is just one of the causes of the rising heat levels. Besides this, reduced forests, over-dependence on fossil fuels, vehicular heat and pollution, increase in CO2 emissions etc are much bigger contributors in the rising heat chart. The industrial smog and pollutants are also key contributors for the rising emissions.

Nature, in itself, has a limited ability to clean the pollutants. But considering the quantum of emissions we are releasing into the atmosphere, the nature’s ability is immensely challenged.

The possible way to reduce the rate of heating is by, at least, contributing own bit in heat reduction. Try to minimize the consumption of the polluting fuels. Try to shift your lifestyle towards energy saving methods rather than consuming it. Increase your dependence upon the public transport rather than using your own personal transport wherever possible. These steps do appear to be meager & minimalistic, but when adopted by all; they can lead to a major change in environmental patterns. The change we are witnessing is right now in its infancy stage. If not checked at the bud, the damage in a little more time will be catastrophic and irreversible.

It is better to check and curb this brewing problem right in its initial stages. Because if this problem rises, it will definitely pave a way to our fall.




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