*Signature of climate change: Expert
By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR | Jan 30 | Damin, located along Indo-China border, 45-km from Kurung Kumey district HQs Koloriang, recorded snowfall for the first time after a gap of a decade, Pratidin Times reporter Mintu Tmuli said quoting Damin CO Honjon Perme.
Damin has been witnessing a white cover with for last many days forcing the people to remain indoors.
This is the impact of climate change as this Himalayan state has been experiencing severe cold since New Year 2018 while the people of Chambang, criss-crossed by Chatey, Peri, Patee and Kurung rivers, located at a higher elevation witnessed heavy snowfall since January 4 evening, after a long long gap while Mechuka also experienced heavy snowfall this year.
Earth scientist Prof Trilochan Singh, who has been working in this state for last 43 years, responding to questions, told this daily that climate change is the buzz world today though weather continues to change every moment while climate change over a long period.
The earth exited 4.5 billion years ago though human life came into existence only about 10,000 years ago. But the climate change is a circles known as glacier phase and inter-glacier phase. The glaciers are formed in the first phase and melts in second phase due to various factors. However, the melting has not been uniform, according to scientific studies, he disclosed.
The scientists have found that present inter-glacier phase begun 11,000 years ago and continue till 18,000 years. However, because of numerous human activities having direct bearing on climate the period may extend till 20,000 year, the scientists apprehend, he said.
Whether severe cold this year or snowfall at Chambang and Damin are signatures of ongoing climate change process, he reasoned.
Prof Singh was a member of Gondwanaland Expedition, an international expedition from Shimla in India-top of the Himalaya to Cape Agulhas in South Africa – tip of Africa to trace the great Gondwanaland that existed as a single landmass about 250 million years ago and drifted to its present position in different continents.
Fossils of ‘Lucy’ at Addis Ababa’s National Museum provides a link between man and the ape, he had argued.