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When Sydneysiders woke up on Mars! PDF Print E-mail

© Neena Bhandari

ImageSeptember 23: The howling winds lashed on the blinds, sprinkling red dust, as I woke to an eerie crimson glow blanketing the surrounds. “Was it a vision or a waking dream” to borrow Keats’ expression.

The city of crystal clear blue skies had put on a red robe. It felt like being on Mars! Growing up in Rajasthan (India), I had seen many a sandstorm, what my grandma would describe as `Kali pili aandhi’, literally translated as `Black and yellow storm’. But this red/ ochre colour was surreal. This tinge one sees only in the Australian Outback.

While the sandstorm choked Sydney, thunderstorms whipped up huge hailstones elsewhere in New South Wales, two minor earthquakes hit Victoria and bushfires flared up in Queensland. These are the visible impacts of global warming. Leaders of the world, developed and developing, must commit to substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Copenhagen this December. Time is, indeed, running out.

Video link © Anirban Ghose http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3a8mOMgzkM

 
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