Climate scientists say that thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Nino, the earth is a mess today.
El Nino which lasted from the previous year to the present is gone for all purposes. Yet the devastation it has left behind in its wake is simply too much to contemplate.
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For one thing, it has pushed the planet beyond redemption from a climatic point of view. The carbon cycle with the carbon dioxide levels in the air at an all-time high show that El Nino sure did wreak havoc on planet earth.
This is a new trend in history since it has never happened before. It is true that human beings are adding to the carbon emissions with all the cars and gas guzzling vehicles pumping out the noxious fumes from their exhaust pipes.
In 2015 alone, carbon concentrations rose by 3.76 ppm, according to DailyMail. This in itself is the largest increase ever recorded. The planet is getting warmer and warmer and things are not looking good for the future. Drastic steps will have to be taken to offset this acceleration in the wrong direction.
El Nino was also active in the late 90s. Then too it increased the carbon reserves by several notches. The heat and cold in the tropics led to a spike in carbon emissions.
Also carbon disintegration in the soil increased thereby creating large-scale drought and natural fires in forests. The current carbon dioxide levels are stuck at about 440 ppm. This is a first for humanity. No generation before ours has witnessed such extreme global warming or high levels of carbon dioxide pollution in the air.
The really sad fact is that this is the way things will be from now onwards. Despite all the efforts that the environmentalists will take in the future, the global warming and pollution will not go away. We have created a virtual hell on earth for ourselves.
The question on the climate scientists’ lips is how would humans and other species survive in a world with a 440 ppm level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Well, we are not sure yet.
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The last time the earth came even close to such high levels of carbon dioxide was during the Pliocene Era. The sea levels were very high back then. This ought to serve as a warning signal to us denizens of postmodern times. If we don’t want a return to prehistoric times, we will have to take solid steps to counter the pollution and global warming.