- Environmental crisis requires immediate attention
- Almost negligible blooming and emerging of plants happened last year
- 45% of the entire landscape was covered in snow as against the normal 4% average
We are in the midst of a massive climate change in the 21st century. From the depleting ozone layer to the rising sea levels, no part of the ecological system has been left pristine and undisturbed by humanity. According to recent news, the summer of 2018 brought with it extreme snowfall that prevented the Arctic species from breeding at all. It also prevented plants and insects from carrying on with their usual process of reproduction.
This proved to be quite catastrophic as it led to a massive level of breeding failure of the ecosystem. It is noteworthy that for over two decades, scientists have monitored the entire arctic ecosystem carefully. So, when the snow finally melts away in the summertime, the entire ecosystem of the Arctic suddenly erupts into life. This includes blooming plants, emerging insects as well as countless shorebirds starting to migrate long distances in order to nest. In addition to that, even though the success rate varies for every breeding season, life still goes on in this part of the world.
According to reports, the Arctic was a rather shocking sight in the summer of 2018. The river stayed completely frozen despite summer, and absolutely no birds could be found singing. In fact, almost 45% of the entire landscape was completely covered with snow until late July. In an ideal case scenario, the percentage of snow this late in the year should not be more than 4% on average. Moreover, the normal rhythms of this ecosystem were also stifled by the snow. Many animals and plants were also buried by the unrelenting and persistent snow. Also, even though some plants did succeed in blooming and emerging, they could not really set their seeds properly because the cold returned again too soon.
Migratory birds also suffered from the consequences of this environmental lapse. These birds could not find enough insects during the breeding season to eat. This hampered their ability to reproduce, and the insects were left in pretty bad shape. In the same vein, other poultry animals like chicks could also not find enough food to grow. As a result, a lot of animals ended up dying in the following months.
Although it may not seem like it, this incident is a huge cry for help and needs to be taken seriously. The sheer impact of our day-to-day activities on the environment is less than pleasant and not at all cohesive with the health of the planet. This incident not just evokes a sentimental response in people, but is also undeniably scary. With the rising global temperature, according to predictions, the planet is yet to witness the dire consequences of extreme climatic conditions. While most species are able to survive and thrive up to 2 years of extreme temperatures, continued weather tantrums can lead to the extinction of many animal species.
Therefore, it is more important than ever to recognize the signs and join hands to improve the condition and reverse the damage that has already been done to the ecosystem.
Himanshu is a law student who lives in Delhi. He caught the writing bug a few months ago and has been unstoppable ever since. He enjoys traveling, coffee, and the company of like-minded people.