Friday, May 20, 2005

Are we heading towards the Armageddon?

Sorry folks, for the mini hiatus I had taken. It was motivated partly by the fact that it was getting kinda busy at work and more so by the fact that I couldn't come up with anything interesting worth writing about.

I was reading an article on MSNBC.com today about the massive deforestation taking place in the Amazon rainforests. The article reveals a startling statistic that about 10,000 square miles of the rainforest had vanished in the 12 months ending August 2004 and that it was the second worst ever. The Amazon forests cover an area of approximately 1.6 million square miles and even if we conservatively assume that the deforestation continued at the same rate, it doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that the forests would be wiped out completely in about 150 years. Mind you, this timeframe is based on a very conservative estimate. It could be way less than that, maybe even in your lifetime.

Now, some of you might be tempted to wonder what all this brouhaha is about a few trees being cut. My friends, a lot of us seem to have no idea how significant an impact the Amazon rainforests have on the weather patterns of the planet we call home. The rainforests are referred to as the "lungs" of the planet because the millions of trees in the forest absorb massive amounts of Carbon-di-oxide and release an equal amount of oxygen so vital for our existence. Imagine what would happen if there were no forests . With no trees to absorb the carbon-di-oxide we release, each breath we take would only take us closer to death. Aside from this, with no trees, there would be frequent flooding and land erosion which would deplete the land of precious top-soil. The lack of trees would result in global warming which would melt the polar icecaps resulting in an increse in sea-level and eventually drowning us all. Just yesterday, I was watching a program on TV in which the scientists said that there had been an increase in global warming lately that a huge glacier in Greenland had begun to melt and that if all the glaciers in Greenland were to melt, the sea level would rise by as much as 20 feet.

The Amazon rainforests are also home to a third of the world's plant and animal species and scientists speculate that there could be many more species waiting to be discovered. Each tree we cut could lead to yet another species becoming extinct. What people, in their endless quest for money or livelihood, don't seem to realize is that what they are doing to the forests is akin to a woodcutter cutting the very branch he sits on. Unless something is done, and done soon, I think we are all heading towards the Armageddon and heading there in a hurry.

The agnostic that I am , I still can't help remembering Vyaasaraaya's kannada lyrics
"Krishna nee begane baaro" meaning 'Krishna, come hither soon".

10 Comments:

At Saturday, May 21, 2005 11:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bhakta, did u call me? I do exist and I'm coming to save the world soon...Hahaha
Now I know how the Kaliyuga is going to end...I think everything happens for a reason...

Aw, hopefully somebody is doing something or plan to do something about this before it is too late...

-KP.

 
At Monday, May 23, 2005 1:34:00 AM, Blogger virumandi said...

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At Monday, May 23, 2005 1:35:00 AM, Blogger virumandi said...

KP....adangu!!!!appuram...

subbu..eppo..'naan' endra vaarthai poi 'naam' endra vaarthai varukiratho..andru thaan intha ulagil uyir vazhkerathu endru aartham..manithan..innum 'naan' endru thaan irukeeran..avan 'naam' yaendru aagkirano..andru veedivu kaalam..

oru pudhu kavithai

sadhu meerandal kaadu kollathu
kaadu meerandal???

 
At Monday, May 23, 2005 2:30:00 PM, Anonymous Satheesh R said...

Subbu,

Finally took time to read it in its entirety. It is too sad to read about all that deforestation. Only last week read Subha's blog on Tiger poachin in India & now this :(

With all this goin on, Bush not long ago rejected the Kyoto protocol ! How absurd !

 
At Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:57:00 PM, Anonymous Raman said...

Subbu:

Great post to break out of the silence. Discovery had relayed a program a few months back about the deforestion of Amazon forests and the impact it is having on the environment. As you have pointed out, some of the effects are downright scary!

Remember the movie, Day after tomorrow!

 
At Friday, June 03, 2005 12:15:00 AM, Anonymous Raman said...

Subbu:

Wazzup dude? Long silence? Workle busyaa? Just wanted to let you know that you are disappointed your hard core fans who visit your blog everyday!

Waiting for your next one eagerly ...

 
At Friday, June 03, 2005 10:59:00 AM, Blogger subramoni said...

Oh man! I never knew I had "hard core" fans, da. Thanks though. I will be back this weekend. Don't wanna disappoint whatever few fans I have, do I? :)

 
At Saturday, June 04, 2005 9:12:00 AM, Blogger virumandi said...

dai...ozhunga blog ezhuthu..ennakku theriyum nee evalavu vettinnu!!!

 
At Saturday, June 04, 2005 1:11:00 PM, Blogger subramoni said...

ha ha, rightly so, virumandi. Ezhutharen.

 
At Monday, June 06, 2005 8:09:00 PM, Anonymous Raman said...

Unn blogai padikka ododi vandha ennai emaatraadhe Subbu ...

Blog subbu Blog!

 

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