Goa, India -- India is in the grip of a series of epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases resulting from shifts in rainfall patterns -- one of the markers of global warming. Even here in Goa, the nation's tourist capital, the latest headlines are "Officials press panic button" and "Medics in dark over mosquito diseases." Delhi, the capital, is experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever (997 cases so far; three times as many as last year), as are Bombay, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. More than 3,000 cases have been reported nationally, with 50 deaths so far. So serious is the problem that in Delhi all ornamental fountains, including those in the President's House, have been ordered drained and shut down. Delegates at the Second International Rice Congress in Delhi heard reports that global warming could cost Asia 4 percent of its total rice production. Reuters reports that by 2070, rising sea levels could leave millions of people in Asia homeless from just a 1.5 foot increase in global sea levels.
This Is What the Scientists Told Us Global Warming Would Be Like
If we had any doubts about the dire effects of global warming, reports like the ones above should answer them. But here in Asia, people are taking action....
And This Is What We Can Do About It
The Indian government has issued a license to several companies that are going to convert biogas produced from cow dung, sewage, and other organic wastes into compressed natural gas to power India's motor vehicles, a huge number of which already have been equipped to use CNG as a means of reducing air pollution. The bio-CNG can also be used in place of diesel fuel in irrigation pumps, thereby enabling India's farmers to reduce their dependence on diesel by 75 percent after setting up biogas plants on farms.