VARANASI: At a time when weather experts and environmentalists around the world are worried about the repercussions of climate change due to global warming, a young scientist from National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, contrarily believes that the world is gearing to face ice age conditions, may be after 500 years. And, he has strong reasons to justify his stand as he believed that more than natural disasters including climate change, it is the man-made disaster that would bring such conditions sooner than later.
"We are already witnessing one of the coldest April month in the last one decade this year and human interference and its continuous fight with nature is going to bring conditions that would promote situation like an ice age where icy winds would be common, said Alok Mukherjee, young scientist from NPL and scientific secretary, South Asian START committee, Centre on Global Change while talking to TOI on Friday. Ruling out the worries about glacier meltdown across the globe that threatens to increase sea level putting the existence of a number of island nations in the world including Bangladesh under risk, he emphasised that it is not the glacier melting but the tilting of Bangladesh due to continental drift making the sea level to rise from one side.
Mukherjee was in the city to participate in the two-day workshop on `Role of higher education in disaster management in India,' the first-ever workshop organised by the newly formed Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University which began on Friday.