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Why the scientists are worried about the climate?
By Mohan Shenoy.
        The hottest news at present is the worry about the slow change in the temperature of the earth and its effects.

        The ordinary people do not have the least idea if the temperature of the earth is increasing. But the newspapers have been writing long articles about the possible effects of the slow rise in the temperature of the earth. The most common fear stated is that the icebergs in the Arctic and Antarctic regions melt and the seas and the oceans rise to cause flooding of the coastal areas.

        Many articles we read also mention that the carbon dioxide and methane gases will cause the temperatures of earth as a whole to rise to unbearable levels. What happens when the earth's temperature rises? This question is answered by speculative thinking. There will be shortage of water. There will be erratic seasons and untimely rains. There will be either too much cold or too hot days and nights.

        The people are made to think that this change in earth's temperature can be either hastened or slowed by what we people do or don't do. Some people say that when the population increases there is too much activity resulting in rise in carbon dioxide concentration. For example, by the industrial production of items such as steel, plastic items, machinery, etc. there is increase in green-house gases.

        Everything that we pursue for development, for raising the per capita income, for growth of domestic product year by year, we are creating conditions for increase in the earth's temperature and causing the feared climate change.This is a highly technical subject and no one has been able to repudiate this theory of possible doom awaiting the people living on this earth. All the governments are forced to take action to decrease the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which only can halt the march of the heat to raise the earth's body temperature.

        All the governments of more than 190 member nations of the United Nations are given notice that they should plan their actions to stop this climate change in order for all the inhabitants of the world to live comfortably preventing rise of temperature of the earth and stop the melting of the icebergs in the polar regions.
        The developed nations have more gadgets but smaller densities of populations. The developing countries such as China, India and Brazil have large populations but not so many gadgets that guzzle energy in their homes.

        The developed countries want the developing countries to reduce the growth of population as also the manufacture of steel, cement, coke and coal, etc. The developed countries consume more gas and use more petroleum and other products per capita, than the developing countries.

        Therefore both have their own shares in the climate change phenomenon and both have to make changes in their life styles and consumption levels.

        My gut feeling is that the prediction of further change in the earth's temperature is unfounded. The earth has a self-regulatory mechanism and it will maintain its temperature within a certain limit no matter how much damage is apparently done to the environment.

        The population will increase until a certain peak is reached and then it will not rise further. The sun and its planets have a built-in technique by which their health is maintained. Any damage done is corrected through the self-regulatory mechanisms. No human activity can be too much since the humans can go only upto a certain limit in their pursuits.

        Nature is not a static thing. It undergoes changes by reasons known to itself. All changes are handled in such a way that survival of its constituents such as insects, birds, animals, humans and all fauna and flora is guarranteed. The Nature will not perish.