Environmental Degradation And Climate Change: Combating Environmental Degradation And Climate Change

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The need of the hour is combating environmental degradation and climate change. Climate change, or specifically, global warming, is a phenomenon that occurs when carbon dioxide, methane and other “greenhouse” gases accumulate in the Earth’s atmosphere and trap the sun’s heat. In 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the warming of the Earth’s climate — including an average global surface temperature increase of about 1 degree Celsius during the 20th century — is “unequivocal” and due largely to anthropogenic activities such as burning fossil fuels in automobiles, factories and power plants . The recently concluded COP21 Climate Conference at Paris in December 2015 proposes to give to the world, a comprehensive and uniform agreement to tackle climate change. Countries are waking up to this emergent call to preserve that which is left of the environment for a sustainable future for mankind. The effects of climate change are multi-fold. From rising sea levels, to depleting drinking water sources, to melting ice caps, hurricanes and floods, to droughts and heat waves because of ever-increasing global temperatures, natural changes would soon be gravely unpredictable and threatening to our species. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the extent of climate change effects on individual regions will vary over time, and with the ability of different societal and environmental systems to mitigate
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