Is world ready to face global warming?

ACCORDING to a warning by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the world is on track for its hottest year on record and levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached new highs, further fuelling global warming. It said the El Nino event developed in 2015 and contributed to the record temperatures in the first half of 2016 before disappearing in May but climate change, caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, will not (disappear). This means we will face more heat-waves, more extreme rainfall and higher impact tropical cyclones.
The warning must be taken seriously by all countries of the world and a strategy must bee adopted to mitigate the impact. This is because already in many countries of the globe the effects of greenhouse gases and other changes in weather conditions are playing havoc with the lives of people. There is also manifestation of this change in China where excessive flooding in different regions has resulted into loss of precious lives and disruption of normal life. The Beijing city government issued an orange alert on Wednesday, the second highest alert in country. Similar weather patterns in other parts of the world raise fears that harsh and extreme weather conditions might prevail in months and years to come with serious consequences for people and ecology. One important aspect of problem is that third world and less developed countries are bearing brunt of environmental changes just because of excessive gases being produced by developed world. Therefore, they should not only take measures to contain greenhouse effect but also provide financial and technical assistance to the poor countries to help them address challenge. Individual efforts might have salutary impact but in view of the gravity of the issue for entire world, it would be appropriate if the United Nations plays a lead role in this regard.

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