Asdevelops, urbanises, and grows its economy, it must seriously factor in the risk posed by reckless urbanisation and rising temperatures into its plans. This means developing solutions that will ensure growth without putting ecosystems — and lives — in peril.
Scientists observe that there has been a 0.16°C increase per decade globally. This rise of temperature doubles in the higher elevations of the. The has increased by 1.2°C since the pre-industrial period. As temperatures rise further, there is serious danger of increased glacial melt in the Himalayan area. It will mean more flooding, more avalanches and more disasters. , this is not a ‘First World only’ problem.
Much of the impacts of warming cannot be reversed. But what must happen is to build disaster-resilient infrastructure and to develop in a manner that minimises the risk of disaster from cumulative damage, whether from bad construction, urbanisation and industrial planning, or from apathy. When nature warns us, we should heed it.