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Internet: Blessing or ….?
By S Mukhtar

"Yes dear."

"I won't go for Internet classes from tomorrow."

"Why…what has happened?"

"Happened, - you ask? Good Uncle; our learned professor today had us proud that the information communication and technology (ICT) has delivered us internet, video, voice and other services. But he was in tears saying the ICT industry produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) over every one year, and this emission is expected to double by 2020. This increasing CO2 content over recent decades has been raising the temperature on our planet. You know this is all mercilessly disastrous!"

"Don't worry yourself please."

"No worry…great of you, sir! Our honourable professor revealed that the daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab have reached 400ppm (parts per million). He added the last time CO2 was regularly above 400ppm was three to five million years ago; it was then considerably warmer than it is today - and then no humans existed."

"Dear, this 400ppm is really horrible - but that is not by the ICT industry only. You see the CO2 level, over the last one million years, has been 180-280ppm. Now, since the Industrial Revolution, and more in the last 50 years, that level has gone up by more than 40% - to 400ppm. And that was not by the ICT industry just. Partly, it came from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas. Look at the aviation industry, for instance: it yields as much of the global CO2 as the ICT industry does - each about 2%. By the way, won't you then have even a short flight…just as you wouldn't go to your Internet class?"

"Uncle, yours is dooming our generation and all coming! Won't you let us live? What have we done?"

"God bless you, son! Good efforts are on. UK Royal Society's head of climate change Sir Brian Hoskins unambiguously decreed that the issue but must 'jolt governments into action.' UK importing goods that produce CO2 in other countries, the official Climate Change Committee hence ruling that Britain's total contribution toward heating the climate had consequently increased, UK Ministers, however, openly claim global leadership in reducing CO2 emissions and eagerly urge all other nations to follow. And no nation has said it won't."

"Uncle, we have been hearing that all since I went to school. What results…say?"

"Dear, have patience…a lot. China's plan 2011-15 includes measures reversing the damage done by 30 years of growth. China and the US now stand committed to co-operate on clean technology. Unfortunately, the EU seems backing off; cheap fossil fuels are attractive to their industries."

"Uncle, how about the rest of the world?"

"All soon shall join in. All have but to. The sooner the better."

"Uncle, good talk…but talk only. The hell needs cooling, it is being heated! Heated to death! I too have been doing my bit. No more mine now. No going to Internet classes."

"Say not so, please. No one now can escape such risks. Be going, please. And pray and hope for the best."

News Updated at : Friday, July 5, 2013
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