Climate Change: Time For Some Unpleasant Truths
The New Indian Express Chennai|October 27, 2021
While the vulnerable sections experience the tragic consequences of climate change, the politically and economically powerful ostriches still pretend everything is fine
K Jayakumar

A few days of untimely rains last week had its toll on human lives. In landslides and other accidents, nearly 100 people have died and several families have been rendered homeless. States as distant as Kerala and Uttarakhand have borne the brunt of the fury of the rain. Though separated by a few thousand kilometres, these two states have certain commonalities, particularly in the context of natural calamity. Kerala slopes westward from the Western Ghats, while Uttarakhand nestles in the folds of the mighty Himalayan landscape. Heavy rains with cloudbursts followed by landslides and flooding of the rivers have been the general pattern. With its recent memory of massive floods of 2018, Kerala was far more careful this time in dealing with the floods and the opening of dam shutters. Yet, nearly 40 people lost their lives in Kerala alone. Though natural calamities are not new, their frequency and intensity are growing alarmingly, though not unexpectedly. Environmentalists and climate scientists have been consistently warning about this phenomenon with certainty. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their latest report had predicted, among other things, the recurrence of intense rains.

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