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Sushma Swaraj: Indian culture can help environmental concerns

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that Indian philosophy, lifestyle and cultural practices are established on the knowledge of guarding the nature and it holds significant impact in resolving environmental problems like global warming.

“Indian philosophy, lifestyle, traditions and cultural practices are based on the science of protecting the nature. This needs to be explained to the global community. Till a lifestyle based on Indian philosophy isn’t adopted, solutions to the environmental problems caused by global warming will be elusive,” she said.

Sushma was addressing a conference as the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the two-day national session on “Global Warming and Climate Change – A Way Out”.

She further categorised the reasons of terrorism and climate change as the two major global areas of concern, the Union Minister specifically focused on the necessity for reviving cultural customs that are environmentally friendly and helps protect it.

In the race of development by individual countries, some of the developed nations have triggered severe destruction to the Mother Earth.

“Now they expect solutions from the nations, which are not responsible for the crisis.” She further added.

She also emphasised on the fact that development engineered by fabricated techniques has given way to difficulties for the environment, the irony of the situation is that such artificial solutions are further being discovered.

Emphasising on the richness and diversity of Indian culture, she said that traditions of the country are purely based on science and philosophy.

To find a solution to issues regarding environmental chaos one needs to bring change in their lifestyle as it is one of the biggest contributors to the problem of global warming, she gave details in her address.

Asking people to bring changes in their approach to the environment, Sushma requested people to quit their greed to save the earth and promote the need-based use of natural resources to advantage solutions to the problem of global warming.

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Antarctica’s Ice Melting Six Times Faster Due To Global Warming: Study

Warming ocean water will only speed up ice loss in the future.

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The Collins glacier on King George Island has retreated in the last 10 years and shows signs of fragility, in the Antarctic, Feb. 2, 2018. VOA

Global warming is melting ice in Antarctica faster than ever before — about six times more per year now than 40 years ago — leading to increasingly high sea levels worldwide, scientists warned on Monday.

Already, Antarctic melting has raised global sea levels more than half an inch (1.4 centimeters) between 1979 and 2017, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal.

And the pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come, according to lead author Eric Rignot, chair of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine.

“As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-meter sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries,” Rignot said.

Iceberg, Antarctica
Iceberg, Antarctica, Pixabay

A rise of 1.8 meters (six feet) by 2100, as some scientists forecast in worst-case scenarios would flood many coastal cities that are home to millions of people around the world, previous research has shown.

For the current study, researchers embarked on the longest-ever assessment of ice mass in the Antarctic, across 18 geographic regions.

Data came from high-resolution aerial photographs taken by NASA planes, along with satellite radar from multiple space agencies.

Researchers discovered that from 1979 to 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 billion tons of ice mass annually.

By the years 2009 to 2017, the ice loss had increased more than sixfold, to 252 billion tons per year.

A glacier is shown in a photo taken in Half Moon Bay, Antarctica, Feb. 18, 2018.
A glacier is shown in a photo taken in Half Moon Bay, Antarctica, Feb. 18, 2018. VOA

Even more worrying, researchers found that areas that were once considered “stable and immune to change” in East Antarctica, are shedding quite a lot of ice, too, said the study.

“The Wilkes Land sector of East Antarctica has, overall, always been an important participant in the mass loss, even as far back as the 1980s, as our research has shown,” Rignot said.

Also Read: Emission of CO2 Levels Higher In Antarctica Than Believed

“This region is probably more sensitive to climate than has traditionally been assumed, and that’s important to know, because it holds even more ice than West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula together.”

Warming ocean water will only speed up ice loss in the future, Rignot said.

Recent research has shown that oceans are heating up faster than previously thought, setting new heat records in the last few years. (VOA)