Sunday, 1 December 2019

Can we take a chance?


India will break its previous record of having been hit by the most number of tropical cyclones in a year, private weather forecasting agency Skymet said in its latest bulletin. Last year, the country broke its 33-year record, after having been hit by seven cyclones. Emerging climate models predict increasing intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones. The logic is fairly clear: As oceans warm, there is more moisture and ocean storms will build up to lash the land with devastating wind and rain.

We have seen cyclones like Fani and Ockhi cause mayhem and many losing their lives in the aftermath of this. It may be true that there is no truth in the theory of climate change and cyclone, but if there is even the slightest chance that the scientists are correct, shouldn't we be taking all precaution to make sure these killers are not created because of us? Wouldn't it be most critical to at least try to stop climate change even if it means less than 10% chance of reducing the impact of these cyclones, even if it means we save just one life, isn't it worth it?

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