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)
10 months 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
10 months ago

You’re welcome, Dipayan.

10 months 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)
10 months ago

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

Biswadeep Chakraborty
Biswadeep Chakraborty(@biswadeep-chakraborty)
10 months ago

Good read.

Joydeep bhattacharya
Joydeep bhattacharya(@joydeep-bhattacharya)
10 months ago

Very nice.

Sagarnil Pal
Sagarnil Pal(@sagarnil-pal)
10 months ago

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

Subhro Mitra
Subhro Mitra(@subhro-mitra)
10 months ago

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

Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar
Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar(@abhijit-ghosh-dastidar)
10 months 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)
10 months ago

Nice and relevant story.

Arunava Sarkar
Arunava Sarkar(@arunava-sarkar)
10 months ago

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

Rituparna sarkar
Rituparna sarkar(@rituparna-sarkar)
10 months ago

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

Avijeet Sarkar
Avijeet Sarkar(@avijeet-sarkar)
10 months 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)
10 months ago

Congratulations, Dipayan.

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