The Sundarbans delta is home
to a large human population of 4.5 million in India and 7.5 million in
Bangladesh

Inside the Sundarbans delta
forests cover nearly 10,000 sq km.

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 Of which the total land area is 4,143 km²

 And water area of 1,874 km²

 Sundarbans is also the only extensive mangrove
forests exposed to freshwater and seawater mix.

 The forest’s significant stronghold is of the
Royal Bengal Tiger, an endangered species.

These forests of the
Sundarbans, the mangrove, presents a natural buffer, a bulwark against coastal
erosion and seawater ingress into one of the most densely populated regions of
the world.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sundarbans forest has a
rich ecology of

334 species of plants,

49 species of mammals,

400 species of fish,

320 species of birds,

53 species of reptiles,

11 amphibian species,

several invertebrates,
phytoplankton, fungi, bacteria, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, mollusks.

 

 

However in recent years human
activities have induced climate change which threatens the delicate balance
between land, air, and sea of The Sundarbans.

 

The Problem of Global Warming in Sundarbans National Park:

 

Global warming in the
Sundarbans causes many significant problems.

To mention a few:

With increasing sea levels, islands
are vanishing

The accelerating salinity in
the water and soil has severely adversely affected to the health of mangrove trees
and forests and the grade of soil and crops. There have been grave dangers to
hydrological parameters and change in the fishing design of the local fishermen
of West Bengal and Bangladesh, resulting in disastrous conclusions.

Cyclones and abnormal monsoon
raining patterns due to climate change are damaging ecology and humankind of
the Sundarbans delta.

 

 

 

The Alarming Situation of the Forest: Extent of the problem

 

It has been observed that the
temperature of the H2O in the Sundarbans has increased at an booming rate of
0.5 degrees celsius per decade compared to the complied global sea temperature
warming at the rate of 0.06 degrees celsius per decade.

This rapid increase in
temperature of the sea has severe implications on Sundarbans’ aquatic life. Since
the Sundarbans area as it is an estuarine delta this affects it the most.

In the past 25 years, sea
level has also risen at a rate

almost twice the universal level.
This is due to a

combination of factors
including land existence systems. Due to non-stop submergence in higher water, as
a result of rise of sea level, the plants are

being noted to be smaller and
less wide with fewer

branches and leaves resulting
in lesser rates of

photosynthesis and
regeneration of the mangroves.

 

The sea level rise is also
affecting the availability of

sediment, directly brew the
establishment of new

groves.

Between 1777 and 1971,
non-stop deforestation and

land recovery activities have
been carried out in the

Sundarbans region. This deforestation
has raised man-animal conflict, local liquidate of several species and summed
up to the overall biological loss of the region.

In adition to the aforementioned
factors, the cleaning of forests have not benefitted self-sustaining agriculture
on the flood plain, as it tends to be sank down under saline water of the delta
during high tide.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of this problem

 

It is observed that any
procedure to remove

trespassing from the forested
areas is likely to be

majorly not favoured by local
politicians as well as

inhabitants.

The population density of Sundarbans has increased from about 929
persons/square kilometres in the year 2001 to 1,082 persons per square kilometres
in 2011. This drastic heavy increase in the population has resulted in further increase
in the levels of global warming and climate change.

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