Climate change could disrupt South Asian monsoon season. A recent study by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, USA revealed that global warming could cause major changes in the monsoon patterns of South Asia, including delayed onset and less precipitation overall. With over half the world’s populations living in monsoon-affected regions, such shifts would have a significant effect on water resources, especially as, for example, 90 percent of the water used in India comes from monsoon rains. Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Noah Diffenbaugh, whose research group led the study, stated, "Agricultural production, water availability and hydroelectric power generation could be substantially affected by delayed monsoon onset and reduced surface runoff.”
We are grateful to the Purdue University scientists for reminding us of the precarious balance of our ecosphere that could affect countless people. Let us all work to ensure the welfare of our fellow co-inhabitants through an ever-increasing adoption of green, compassionate lifestyles.
In December 2006, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with our Association members in the United Kingdom about the danger to survival that is linked with such shortages of water and other natural resources.
London, United Kingdom December 24, 2006
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Because we are destroying the planet and we are fighting each other instead of fighting the real enemy. That is the destroying of the planet. And the ruining of the resources of the world. We are short. If we don’t stop, we will be short of many things.
And then the real war will really break out. When people are hungry and desperate. Then nothing can stop it. Because they’re already desperate, they’re already pushed to the wall already, they have nothing to lose. Then there will be much more trouble than now. So, do what you can and think what you can. All positive. All for reconstruction of this world or saving of the world.