Editorial

Adapting to change

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/5/2020 12:52:32 PM IST

 For the record, the year 2019 had among the coldest winter and which spilled over to January 2020. As the weeks went by, it appeared that the usual weather pattern would follow in throwing up the unusual weather conditions that has been experienced in the past few years. However, the unusual phenomenon was not the weather but a virus said to have been released from a laboratory in Wuhan China. The Wuhan virus, which a pro-China WHO chose to instead call COVID-19, has permeated every aspect of life. The virus has also impacted the natural world in a most unusual manner. The virus brought the world on its knees as millions got infected but had no clue about how to fight it. Even the ‘silver bullet’ in the form of vaccine is yet to appear on the horizon. However, the virus turned the negative impact into positive when nations after nations imposed lockdowns. This had led to bringing all modes of travel and movement of people, functioning of institutions or public functions, sporting or all form of normal activities to a grinding halt. With over a billion vehicles and millions of other forms of land transport off roads and over 40,000 passenger planes off the skies, the impact on the earth’s ozone layer and air have definitely showed quantum improvement. What lockdown has done is made the sky clearer each day, rivers clearer and endangered flora and fauna showing promising progress. In fact, in many places even in India, wild life species are coming out more in the open after their human predators have been confined indoors. With absolutely limited movement of vehicles on the roads, most of the metro cities in India are breathing in much cleaner air with relatively safer levels of pollutants to deal with, as compared to the time before the lockdown. However, one cycle that has not totally gone lockdown has been the heat and humidity. During the first few days of August 2020, high temperature hovering nearly 39ºC was recorded in places like Dimapur and nearby valleys in Assam. The humidity recorded was also as high as 80º. Heat and humidity are part and parcel of Indian summer monsoon. Every year, most of the Indian states suffer by severe heat waves during summer months. The heat wave in India occur during the dry season, and typically lasts from March to July with peak temperatures in April and May. This year the heat spell has been contained(and not Coronavirus) but from August, it has remerged. According to the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD), a heat wave is considered when the maximum temperature is at least 40°C and between 4.5°C and 6.4°C higher than the normal or when the maximum temperature is over 45°C for two stations in a sub-division for two consecutive days. The weather pattern has changed and the rise in global temperatures have brought a huge impact on global climate. Ironically, virologists have said people will have to learn to live with the virus and perhaps climatologists could also say that people will have to learn to live with the climate change.

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