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Disappearing world: Global warming claims tropical island
It has been officially recorded in a six-year study of the Sunderbans by researchers at Calcutta's Jadavpur University. So remote is the island that the researchers first learned of its submergence, and that of an uninhabited neighbouring island, Suparibhanga, when they saw they had vanished from satellite pictures.
Two-thirds of nearby populated island Ghoramara has also been permanently inundated. Dr Sugata Hazra, director of the university's School of Oceanographic Studies, says "it is only a matter of some years" before it is swallowed up too. Dr Hazra says there are now a dozen "vanishing islands" in India's part of the delta. The area's 400 tigers are also in danger.
Until now the Carteret Islands off Papua New Guinea were expected to be the first populated ones to disappear, in about eight years' time, but Lohachara has beaten them to the dubious distinction.
Human cost of global warming: Rising seas will soon make 70,000 people homeless
Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing Ghoramara island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres of land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in danger of being submerged by the rising seas.
The problem does not just end with islands being submerged. The problems of erratic monsoons which will without a doubt affect the livelyhoods of many farmers. Let us not forget that 60% of the people in India are dependent on agriculture.
It is not just India that is going to feel the pinch in the coming years, already there are talks of Islands in the Maldives that have submerged. And scientists have predicted that some islands in Maldives will be completely submerged in 10-15 years. The polar ice caps are melting at huge levels, leading to rising sea levels.
With water levels that are dropping to low levels, how is India meeting the challenge?
1) What can India do, to manage the depleting water resources?
2) Can India afford to introduce strict pollution laws?
3) The effect on the economy?
If there are mass droughts in the future, then we are going to see a nightmare scenario where most of the rural people are going to move to urban areas that are already under stress. What can be done to tackle this issue?
4) Is India using it's resources correctly?
The UK has finally acknowledged the dangers of the environment and has announced after a recent shocking report, measures that should help slow the problem.
The US is yet to get onboard with the radical plans that have been suggested. This is probably due to vested interests, that has been shown numerous times.
An inconvenient truth:
The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.2
Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.3
The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.4
At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles.5
If the warming continues, we can expect catastrophic consequences.
Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years -- to 300,000 people a year.6
Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.7
Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.
Droughts and wildfires will occur more often.
The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.8
More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.9
Above taken from Al Gore's documentary: http://www.climatecrisis.net/thescience/
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