By Ranil Senanayake –
Internationally there is a palpable sense of urgency amongst the climate scientists. Although waiting for our climate scientists to even twitch from their slumber, we should start to take into account what all this signifies to us. There seems to be a actual concern that the sea level will rise substantially. On July 20th, a main study suggested that mean sea levels could rise ten occasions more quickly than previously predicted: ten feet by 2065. Even though the level is up for debate the truth of sea level rise appears to be certain. 1 emerging, disturbing reality is that whilst the IPCC climate [adjust] models predict a gentle, slow adjust, the present expertise is a single so speedy that neither scientists, nor animals can hold up with it.
As our fossil profligate lifestyles, hold pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere a large element of it is absorbed by the oceans. As the oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it’s converted into carbonic acid and the pH of seawater declines. In contrast to a prediction of massive sea-level rise just decades away, the warming and acidifying oceans represent yet another issue that seems to have kick-began an oceanic mass extinction on the identical time scale. Acidification has a direct impact on mollusks and other marine animals with difficult outer bodies: A striking study final year showed that, along the West Coast of the US, the shells of tiny snails are already dissolving, with as-however-unknown consequences on the ecosystem.
The combination of excessive nutrients from agricultural runoff, abnormal wind patterns and the warming oceans is already making seasonal dead zones in coastal regions when algae blooms suck up most of the obtainable oxygen. The appearance of low-oxygen regions has doubled in frequency every single 10 years considering that 1960 and must continue to develop over the coming decades at an even greater rate.
In the face of all these global difficulties, Sri Lanka stands exposed as the worst polluter of the Indian Ocean. The new maps on human impact on the world’s oceans are now on the internet.The maps depict a enormous halo of pollution that rings our island. If the pattern is studied carefully it will be seen that the harm to the ocean extends effectively beyond the region exactly where land primarily based pollution would be anticipated to impact. Additional, to the east of the halo of pollution a inform tale line of pollution extends in a straight line following the shipping channel. It seems that the shipping is indeed causing a serious effect on our waters. The huge load of agrochemicals, industrial chemical substances and silt from land erosion, that has currently brought ill wellness and misery to out farming population, makes our instant oceanic atmosphere hugely polluted. When the worldwide affects of climate alter and ocean acidification are added the future looks bleak.
The volume of shipping along this route is expected to increase drastically in the near future. As we do not have any handle more than this phenomenon and as shipping uses the most dirty polluting fossil fuels, we can count on the ocean pollution around Sri Lanka to increase substantially in the near future. Nothing at all has been done to manage ship-based pollution or insure that a tanker accident will not cripple our economy, by the galaxy of agencies concerned. There is poor possibility for pursuing accountability if ships have no insurance against such eventualities. A robust danger evaluation and subsequent risk insurance coverage need to be implemented at a minimum an successful monitoring program will then grow to be practical.
The prognosis is dismal Sri Lanka not only contributes to the pollution of the ocean about it, but also has embarked on an insane drive to establish coal fired energy plants to supply the national energy require. Not only do we defecate on or personal doorstep but we also let other folks also invite other individuals to do the identical. We let foreign vessels use and pollute our waters with no worry of prosecution.
It has been pointed out that climate modify has a simple resolution: End fossil-fuel use as rapidly as achievable. If tomorrow, the leaders of the United States and China would agree to a sufficiently robust, coordinated carbon tax that’s also applied to imports, the rest of the planet would have no decision but to sign up.
In an astounding recent announcement White Residence administration stated that it sees no long-range future for fossil fuel, the state division climate adjust envoy, Todd Stern, said the world would have no selection but to forgo building reserves of oil, coal and gas. With this statement, the US administration has acknowledged that the era of profligate use of fossil fuels is more than.
But in Sri Lanka the so-referred to as ‘decision makers’ are nonetheless running with the thesis that bigger is far better, so megapolises, giant unwanted bridges and coal fired power plants are brought in to show that the new lot can be grander than, the useless airport, harbor, sports stadium driven old lot. Not a peep from our scientists, on the climate or on our irresponsibility of linking ‘development’ with the consumption of fossil fuels. Not a peep from the administrators who travel the globe attending conferences that shows the folly of reliance on fossil fuels. Have all of them gone the way of the politicians? They should have the capacity to educate the public on the value that we have to spend. But why is there such a silence in questioning the present ‘development’ procedure that gets this nation addicted to fossil fuels, which tends to make us contribute much more fossil carbon to the atmosphere, accelerates climate modify and leaves us fully at the mercy of the fossil market place? Not to mention the dubious title of the ’worst polluter of the Indian Ocean’.