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Climate change: an audacious reality

William Cowper writes in his poem “The Task” (1785): “Variety is the very spice of life, that
gives it all its flavor.” But climate change is the change that is too spicy for our taste buds to
bear. It can be regarded as the most crucial issue faced by the world today. The sensitivity of
the topic persuaded all nations across the world- despite their differences- to join hands in
order to fight this menace. Though our planet experienced more than seven noticeable climate
changes in the last 750,000 years but what concerns us the most today is the pace at which the current change is taking place. The previous climate changes occurred as a result of certain natural events.
But the cause of the current climate change is largely anthropogenic. It is the price our planet is paying of our great industrial revolution and advanced gadgets in our hands. The Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of over 1,300 scientists and experts from around the
world expressed concern in its reports that climate change is occurring at such a rapid pace that if it 
keeps changing unhindered, the climate pattern of the world will change: Arctic ice will
melt completely by the summer of 21st century, sea level which has  risen more than 8
inches in the last century will keep rising.  Just in
the time span of less than 23 years (1993-2016) Greenland lost an average of 286 billion tons per
year and Antarctica lost about 127 billion tons of ice per year. Satellite imaging and other
advanced techniques confirm that this is happening. This is going to affect some
regions more than other and it largely depends on geography and the measures to mitigate its
effect. But one thing is certain: it is going to affect every state in one way or another. It is a global issue and needs to be tackled right away.  A school of thought is still denying its existence largely because of political interests, but deep down we all know it is coming silently to engulf whole of the humanity. With their rational minds and advance gadgets, Neither the corporate in the wall street nor the peasants in Africa are going to survive it and the consequences will be irreversible.

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Rafia Nimal

Rafia Nimal is PhD student at the department of chemistry, Quaid Azam University, Islamabad.

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