A storm hit the east coast of India & Bangladesh. Check out the news on BBC and Times of India. Also a fresh storm threatens New Orleans, stalling the ongoing relief efforts. Every other day there is a new storm wreaking havoc somewhere in the world. Tsunamis, Mumbai floods, Katrina.... the list goes on.
It seems that the number & intensity of natural disasters has increased steadily over the past 35 years. Many scientists argue that it is due to global warming caused by an increased greenhouse effect - a byproduct of the human "civilization". Check this article out.
Greenhouse effect is what maintains the temperature of the earth at steady levels. The presence of water vapour and gases like Carbon dioxide, methane & Nitrous oxide in the earth's atmosphere, traps the outgoing heat reflected off the earth's surface. Without the greenhouse gases, the earth would have been another Mars - cold and lifeless. But the recent human pollutants have lead to an increase in the greenhouse gases, leading to global warming and threatening the ecological balance. If it's true, expect the rate of natural disasters to escalate in the coming years making life tougher for us.
Our lives are so intricately dependent on the cause of these pollutants (cars, industries, daily luxuries), that we cannot stop the emissions but for a drastic change in our everyday life. With the world being ruled by major corporations in a cutthroat competition with each other, I don't see much chance. Tough times lie ahead for the future generations, unless the people act quicker.
Agent Smith to Morpheus (The Matrix):
"Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are the cure."