A report recently published in the journal Science details findings that the loss of up to 80% of plant biodiversity in Greenland 200 million years ago occurred at lower levels of greenhouse gases causing climate change at that time.
This collaborative effort of international scientists from University College Dublin in Ireland, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, USA and Oxford University in the UK concluded that the public must seriously consider the current atmospheric warming before history repeats itself and small increases in greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide lead to massive and sudden collapses in biodiversity.
Lead researcher Dr. Mc Elwain from University College Dublin cautioned, “If we continue with the current intensive use of fossil fuel energy, some estimates calculate that carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere will reach 900 parts per million by the year 2100.
This is exactly the same levels at which our study identified the mass biodiversity collapse in ancient Greenland.” International researchers, many thanks for your valued work in studying our planet’s climate history. May your insightful findings be the catalyst of change in our call to action for the sake of planetary sustainability.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has often caringly warned of the effects of human activities on global warming, as in the following excerpt from an October 2008 videoconference in Thailand.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: What is in the atmosphere if we do not continue the way we are living our life right now and we will not continue to overload the atmosphere, then it will decrease with time, maybe long time, but it will decrease. And what is important is not to create any more, or not so overwhelmingly that nature cannot handle.
Nature can help to absorb some of the carbon dioxide but we overload nature, so we have problems right now and we’ll continue to have problems if we are not doing anything to prevent further destruction of the planet.
And any new technology takes so long to develop and to be in the market. The best solution, the quickest, the most benevolent that can change everything from black to white immediately is the vegetarian diet because compassion begets compassion.