November 28, 2009

Earth on path to warm by a disastrous 6 degrees Celsius

A comprehensive new study by the Global Carbon Project (GCP) indicates that between 2000 and 2008, atmospheric carbon emissions rose by an alarming 29%.

If continued, humanity will face a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius by as early as this century. The findings of this study were corroborated by a report from the United Kingdom’s Met Office, funded by the European Commission, which also forecasts steep temperature increases for Europe that would impact food production, industry and direct human survival.

Forecasts include sweltering summer heat waves that could kill thousands as they did in 2003, along with staple crops that would succumb to pests or simply not grow. Floods and extreme storms would continue to increase, with physical and mental health costs along with their financial burden.

Furthermore, in the Arctic region, temperatures could rise by up to 10 degrees Celsius, causing massive permafrost melt and release of greenhouse gases that would easily trigger unstoppable global warming.

Leading scientists of both studies emphasized that this devastating potential is another signal of the need for strong commitments from world leaders at the coming Copenhagen climate conference.

Our heartfelt appreciation, Global Carbon Project, Met Office, and European Commission for these real and important forecasts that could seriously affect us all. May government leaders and co-citizens hasten to halt the worst scenarios by making the most effective lifestyle choices today. In a September 2009 videoconference with environmental and health experts in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai reiterated her reassurance that disastrous climate changes are avoidable and, through right actions, even reparable.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I would say that the most serious one is the frightening prospect of runaway global warming, the frightening aspect that nations will not do enough to stop it. This irreversible effect, we want to avoid at all costs, especially since it may not be as far away as we would like to think.

But I would say the most hopeful is that more and more people are becoming aware of the real solution, which is to be veg. The more people who eliminate meat and, indeed, all animal products from their lives, the more we have a chance to save the planet and not only that, to actually restore our Earthly home to her original grace and beauty and even more so, more beautiful, more abundant, more peace, more gladness than what we have known up to now.

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