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Attack on nature

The story about the mob in Indonesia slaughtering all those crocodiles is gruesome. For no fault of the crocodiles, because they were innocent in all ways. Firstly, the crocs were under the care of a human who kept them in his enclosure for breeding. Secondly, it was a natural reaction of the croc to maul the human or for that matter any creature that invades its space. The croc was acting in its element. Is that a crime?

And well, we can shamefacedly say that the humans were acting in their element. That’s what humans are, isn’t it? Disrespectful of the right of other creatures’ right to inhabit the planet and disrespectful of the other creatures’ right to express and react to a perceived threat. Haven’t humans done that all along the centuries? Kill and slaughter anything and everything that comes in their way or that doesn’t.

That’s how slaughter of trees and the environment happens. That’s how extinctions have happened. That’s how creatures have come to fear the species. That’s how the planet is being destroyed. Besides the stray asteroid that killed the dinosaurs humans have been solely responsible for the extinction of all else.

I hope there will come a day when there will emerge a species that the humans will fear. A species that is as mad as the human species, that will react and kill unreasonably.
J Dias — By email

Global warming

Tackling rising global temperatures has become more important than ever considering that ‘man-made’ climate change is adding to the crisis (‘Billion struggle to stay cool as Earth warms: Study,’ July 17, The Gulf Today).

The consequences of rising temperatures on the environment are palpable. While on one hand we struggle of keep the environment clean, on the other we are forced to use power guzzling appliances to keep ourselves healthy. The report in your daily stated that more than a billion people are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines due to global warming.

The UN’s health agency says that heat stress linked to climate change is likely to cause 38,000 extra deaths a year worldwide between 2030 and 2050. The suggestions of painting roofs white to reflect sunlight or redesigning buildings to allow heat to escape should be enforced by planning authorities.
Margaret Drake — By email
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