Misquamicut, the longest Rhode Island beach, was in a festive holiday mode. Joe Rush, a marine biologist, was standing with his fellow scientists looking at the deep blue sea. A gust of stale air spewed towards the scientists while they walked towards the empty southern end. “The place is stinking!” exclaimed one of the Earth scientists of the group, stumping away with his legs. “Yes, it is hard on my nose too,” Joe said. The air was heavy with a strong unpleasant smell of rotting surface algae, invertebrates, and fishes.

“If this continues, marine life may be wiped out,” Joe grumbled. “Unfortunately, yes!” The Earth scientist rolled his eyes. “This is not Earth’s first brush with global warming, you know. The last time it happened 252 million years ago,” he reflected, “global warming robbed the oceans of oxygen, they say, putting many species under so much stress that they died out,” Joe said. “We are well aware of the volcanoes that erupted on a tremendous scale, Joe,” said the geologist. “The magma and lava that they belched forth produced huge amounts of carbon dioxide. As volcanoes filled the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, the atmosphere warmed. The ocean warmed, it began losing oxygen.”

“We’re repeating the process,” Joe reflected. The geologist was livid. He said, “If so, then climate change is in the category of a catastrophic extinction event.” “Yeah,” Joe reflected. He stood thinking with the eyes wide open. “The way the Earth system is responding now to the build up of carbon dioxide is the exact same way that it has responded in the past,” the Earth scientist said.  “It will take a tremendous international effort to keep the increase below the stipulated level,” Joe reflected. “If ancient history is any guide, the consequences for life – especially marine life in the cooler parts of the ocean – will be disastrous,” said the Earth scientist. “Left unchecked, climate warming is putting our future on the same scale as some of the worst events in geological history.” The two scientists stood gazing at the blurred distance as time passed.

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    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    It is alarming, Dipayan. You are right. If the problem of global warming cannot be prevented and resolved, it will be a world apocalypse. Great story with a timely and alarming message to everyone. Well-written and well done, Dipayan.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Dipayan Chakrabarti
    1 year ago

    You’re welcome, Dipayan.

    1 year ago

    Hi Dipayan – Nice story and quite relevant to our current times. When you said – “Left unchecked, climate warming is putting our future on the same scale as some of the worst events in geological history.” – I thought about how history tends to repeat itself.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 year ago

    So sad Dipayan that global warming seems heading for an apocalypse.

    Biswadeep Chakraborty
    Biswadeep Chakraborty(@biswadeep-chakraborty)
    1 year ago

    Good read.

    Joydeep bhattacharya
    Joydeep bhattacharya(@joydeep-bhattacharya)
    1 year ago

    Very nice.

    Sagarnil Pal
    Sagarnil Pal(@sagarnil-pal)
    1 year ago

    Nice one Dipayan. Hope and belief are our only weapons, to fight this demon within ourselves. ✊✊????????

    Subhro Mitra
    Subhro Mitra(@subhro-mitra)
    1 year ago

    Great job Dipayan. It is always a pleasure to read your writing.

    Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar
    Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar(@abhijit-ghosh-dastidar)
    1 year ago

    Nice read Dipayan! If only we could control our greed and demand from nature! COP25 highlights the precarious situation that we have landed ourselves in!
    Good topic, great narration.

    sujaya dasgupta
    sujaya dasgupta(@sujaya-dasgupta)
    1 year ago

    Nice and relevant story.

    Arunava Sarkar
    Arunava Sarkar(@arunava-sarkar)
    1 year ago

    Right one in right time…..keep up your excellent writing……

    Rituparna sarkar
    Rituparna sarkar(@rituparna-sarkar)
    1 year ago

    rightly exposed the somber situation of the global environment …..

    Avijeet Sarkar
    Avijeet Sarkar(@avijeet-sarkar)
    1 year ago

    Time passed…and yet it stands still. Burdened by our follies. Good topic and presentation. Way to go!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    Congratulations, Dipayan.

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