On Global Warming

We are living in an age when science has been polluted by politics, economics, big business, governments with an agenda, religions, multinational corporations, fanatics, scientism, quacks, and more.
For my part, I no longer believe in scientific announcements that have even the slightest impact (actual or potential) on the human condition: They are invariably diluted or slanted.
And yet, I am convinced that one will have to be reasonably (or should I say unreasonably) mindless and/or subconsciously afraid of the economic impact of slowing down the industrial-energy-converting engine to deny that their have been disconcerting weather-changing patterns (such as the intensity and number of hurricanes and tornados, the melting of the polar icecaps and icebergs in Greenland) in recent years.
The most plausible explanation for these seems to be in the frightening reality of global warming resulting from excessive spilling of CO-2 into the atmosphere by increased human industrial and technological activity.
This is a threat of mammoth proportions for our species.
The only reason so little is done about it is the pressure to consume more energy, not just for the creature comforts of those who are reasonably comfortable, but no less for increasing the standard of living of people all over the world who are yet to attain even a modest level of comfort that the technological use of energy leads to.
Humanity is like a skier on a delirious downward slope with no mechanism to stop or slow down even though we are warned by quite a few knowledgeable people that the slope is headed to a precipice.

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Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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