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Save planet from warming

Save planet from warming

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The climate is changing everywhere. We are observing continued warming of the globe, the impact of which is being felt all over. Because of adverse impact of climate change, Europe is suffering from severe heat wave and drought. Drought is causing loss of agro-products and other food items. According to a report published on the World Page of this newspaper’s yesterday issue, France is now enduring its worst drought on record which has forced water-use restrictions nationwide. Meanwhile, Germans and Poles faced a mass fish die-off in a river flowing between their countries. Poland’s state water management body said that drought and high temperatures can cause pollution to lead to the ecological disaster.

As per a research published on Thursday, the Arctic is warming nearly four times faster than the rest of the planet. As per version of scientists, this occurs when sea ice and snow, which naturally reflect the sun's heat, melt into sea water resulting in rise in sea level and global warming. Countries which are located in low-lying areas, their land areas would decrease due to inundation and coastal erosion. A large proportion of their population may be forced to migrate to other countries. Bangladesh falls into this category which is a matter of great concern.

Experts say that all the incidents are being driven by climate change. Human activities are to be blamed mainly for climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels (like coal, oil and gas), which produces heat-trapping gases. The world’s top four developed countries are mainly responsible for pouring greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The world's seas have absorbed more than 90 percent of the heat from these gases, which is taking a toll on our oceans. Seas are predicted to rise a foot by 2050.

According to the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the world’s top four emitters of greenhouse gases are pledge-bound to significantly reduce carbon emissions, but, regrettably, they are not doing the needful in this regard. They must fulfil their promises by adopting green energy; otherwise the very survival of our planet and its flora and fauna will be challenged.