May 05, 2007
CLIMATE CONCERN: With the weather turning unpredictable, people need to re-look at the birds and the bees.
Last July, four hundred open bill storks built nests, paired, mated and in August, but because of a shortage of rainfall all nests were abandoned. This is no freak incident, with the weather increasingly playing spoilsport in many parts of the country. Last year, mango trees in Andhra Pradesh flowered three months early because of the rising heat. A few years ago, bees in the Himalayas were impacted by similar erratic flowering patterns, leading to a big drop in the honey supply. Chennai frogs have all but disappeared from most parts of India. Locals have also reported a marked decline in the population of sallows in Srinagar valley. Rising temperatures in the Capital have even resulted in the near disappearance of some species of birds. “There has been an 80 per cent drop in numbers of Golden Oreole and Paradise Flycatcher in Delhi because of increasing temperatures. Weather has impacted not just birds, ladybirds, butterflies across the country and soon mammals will be next."