December 31, 2009

Greenhouse gas methane on the rise

According to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), readings taken from a station on the southern tip of North Island found that, after remaining stable for several years, the southern hemisphere’s atmospheric methane increased significantly in both 2007 and 2008.

Principal Scientist, Dr Keith Lassey stated, “The evidence we have shows that methane in the atmosphere is now more than double what it ever was during the 800,000 years before 1700AD.”

Related research has found livestock to be the largest human-caused source of the potent methane, which is known to trap around 100 times more heat over 20 years than carbon dioxide.

Not only do the animals themselves but also their unregulated waste matter, often stored in stagnant areas known as lagoons, account for further methane generation.

With the recent atmospheric increases being much higher than explained by any known sources, the New Zealand scientists stated that a cycle may be evolving where existing global warming is now causing even more methane to be released.

Dr. Lassey, New Zealand National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research and all researchers involved, we are grateful for your detailed observations of this disturbing change.

May we act now in harmony with the planet and assure our own well-being as a species. During an August 2009 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke, as on previous occasions, of this alarming cycle of methane accumulation and the only way to stop it.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we don’t turn around and walk in the opposite direction, then we are heading toward destruction of all kinds. You see planetary warming, methane gas from all sides: from all sides now, not just from livestock. But because of livestock, it triggers methane gas from all sides, from the river bed or from the permafrost, from the bed of the ocean, from the mountains, from the dying forests, do you understand?

So we are surrounded by trouble. There’s only one escape route that I have told you already. I wish there were several. There’s only one: Be Veg. That’s the path to go, then maybe we still can have time.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14151398/Livestocks-Long-Shadow-UN
http://www.worldwatch.org/node/1626
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00052.htm
http://www.niwa.co.nz/news-and-publications/news/all/2009/methane
http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/co2conference/pdfs/baring_head_abstract.pdf

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