August 14, 2009

Arctic showing immense melting

Data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center has revealed that the polar ice cap shrank 41,000 square miles a day during July 2009, which may lead to a record low minimum in September.

Dr. Greg Henry of the University of British Columbia in Canada, who has been working in the Arctic for over two decades, stated that since 1970, temperatures in the Arctic tundra have risen one degree Celsius per decade. This is faster than anywhere else on Earth.

He said, “We're finding that the tundra is actually giving off a lot more nitrous oxide and methane than anyone
had thought before.”

He went on to say that the higher temperatures have led to a denser cover of plants, which causes further warming because their darker surface absorbs more heat.

Dr. Henry and colleagues, we are thankful for these vital findings that highlight our limited time to avoid extreme catastrophe. May citizens the world over unite in swift and sustainable actions to ensure the flourishing of all beings.
Reference
http://www.russiatoday.ru/Top_News/2009-08-11/arctic-climate-change-environment.html
http://www.canada.com/technology/Arctic+tundra+hotter+boosting+global+warming+expert/
1842027/story.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/pdf/20090811/A14-4.pdf
http://www.siasat.com/english/content/vast-expanses-arctic-ice-melt-summer-heat-0
https://www.directory.ubc.ca/index.cfm?page=personDetail&row=327439990

Dutch pigs test positive for antibiotic-resistant MRSA

Researchers in the Netherlands have found that 39 percent of Dutch pigs and 20 percent of pig farmers are infected with an antibiotic resistant bacteria strain known as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

This particular new strain has infected humans in several other European countries as well as Canada and Singapore.

Scientists fear that an MRSA epidemic in livestock may be inevitable, with animal farms a major source of MRSA infections among humans. Variants of the bug have also been found in pig and cow meats.

New serious contagions like MRSA could impose added burden to health and disease control systems already struggling with the current swine flu pandemic.

Official counts of swine flu pandemic cases in at least 168 countries and territories have reached 219,681 with 1,882 deaths, though the real tally is many times higher.

Cases in Asia have been rising relentlessly, with Macau reporting 300, China 2,350, and Indonesia 812.
Nearby Australia reported 5 more fatalities in adults.

Upon being diagnosed with swine flu on Tuesday, Nobel Peace Laureate and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias stated, “The pandemic makes no distinctions. I am one more case in this country and I am being submitted to the recommendations that health authorities have established for the entire population.”

Meanwhile, the widely applied remedy Tamiflu is raising concerns in the United Kingdom, where so far 418 reports have been filed reporting adverse side effects including allergic reactions and nausea.

We send our prayers for a safe recovery, Your Excellency President Arias and all others suffering from the swine flu virus as well as MRSA.

Our condolences to the loved ones of those who have succumbed to these diseases.
May we prevent such grave ailments through greater compassion shown toward our mistreated animal co-inhabitants.
Reference
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18325034
http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE57A0JR20090811?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews
http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=691879
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2019060&Language=en
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/11/content_11862295.htm
http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=161320
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25908602-5006784,00.html

King salmon disappearing

In Alaska, USA, federal and state scientists are looking into why the fish are not following their normal pattern
of returning from the northerly Bering Sea to their original birthplace in rivers such as the Yukon.

The biologists state that changes in the Pacific Ocean’s currents due to global warming are the most likely cause, with the US pollock fishing industry also being responsible. Incidental catching of the king salmon in massive pollock trawler nets accounted for the loss of 120,000 salmon in 2007.

Experts estimate that, had they lived, at least 78,000 of these fish would have eventually returned to the western Alaskan rivers.

We are saddened to know of the unnecessary loss of so many of King salmon co-inhabitants.
May these beautiful aquatic beings once again flourish as we choose the compassionate organic vegan diet, which will not only end fishing but will also restore the environment.

Speaking on behalf of the planet’s marine life, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the devastating consequences of fishing during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo.


Supreme Master Ching Hai: The way we are going now, we are literally emptying the oceans of certain fish, plus tons of other fish caught along with them by accident, the by-catch that are just thrown away.

So, if those fish are all gone, we will see a catastrophic loss of other marine species as well.

The ocean is a miracle. But if we ruin the ecosystems through overfishing, this will spell disaster for us. So, speaking for the environment, fishing for food is not the answer at all.
No animal products at all;
that is the best way.
We should be vegan.


Reference
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Tech%2Band%2BScience/Story/STIStory_411722.html
http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/notebook/fish/chinook.php
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Tech%2Band%2BScience/Story/STIStory_411722.html

Market fish and meat fail health safety tests

Inspections by the Vienna Labor Chamber in Austria have resulted in “unacceptable” findings at fish supermarkets, where three of 20 samples were discovered to contain extremely high levels of bacteria due to high shelf display temperatures. This report follows last month’s meat inspection, in which about half of 21 samples were deemed “unfit for human consumption,” with six being categorizedas hazardousto human health. The worst contained an entero-bacteria, caused by animal fecal contamination, at levels more than 380 times those considered acceptable.

Thank you Vienna LaborChamber for yourthorough inspections for the safety of the public. May such reports help all humanity refrain from consuming any living beings’ flesh in favor of the far morewholesome andfresh plant-based fare.

Reference:
http://austriantimes.at/news/Panorama/2009-08-07/15362/Vienna_supermarkets_slammed_over_fish

Squids perishing in increasing numbers

Last week, over 150 of the marine animals were discovered washed up on beaches on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. They have also been sighted lifeless on the shores of Japan, along the northern US Pacific coast from California to Alaska, and on the South American coast from Peru to Chile.

Scientists from the Canadian environmental charity Raincoast Education Society report that these new fatalities may be linked to climate change, as young squid migrate further north and encounter unexpected currents that lead to their stranding.

The events are also increasing in frequency, dozens more that were found in southern California just three weeks ago.

Our appreciation, Canadian scientists and Raincoast Education Society for these observations that illustrate the unmistakeable distress of our marine co-inhabitants.

Let us all turn to the compassionate way of living – the veg diet – to restore the comfort of their natural habitat,
which is also the beauty of our Earth. Saddened by the tragedies of global warming, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often conveyed her wisdom to help alleviate the planetary crisis, as in this March 2009 Juice Fast for Peace videoconference in California, USA.


Supreme Master Ching Hai: As the ocean becomes warmer and warmer and more acidic, more toxins are present in the water. The whales and dolphins are thus being driven from the ocean as the conditions worsen; it is suffocating them. Sometimes hundreds at a time, they’re dying on the beach because they cannot tolerate this toxic condition in the seawater anymore.

So, even though fish may not have the obvious carbon impact that other animals do, everything is interconnected. And there is no way to say that consuming these things results in lower carbon price to the Earth at all.

We should not kill anything. We should not eat anything except plant-based diet.

Reference
http://www2.canada.com/westerly/story.html?id=ba3d33d6-5227-4066-8493-e050ba633e3f
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Holy+calamari+Squid+stranded+Vancouver+Island/
1859180/story.html

Antiviral vaccine side effects may overshadow benefits

A recent report in the British Medical Journal revealed that the most widely distributed antiviral medicines for the swine flu, Tamiflu and Relenza, rarely prevent problems in children ages 1 through 12. Moreover, unpleasant side effects such as vomiting have been reported in youngsters, and for all ages, widespread use of these antivirals increases the chance of developing resistance.

Globally, the official count of those who have lost their lives to swine flu so far are 1,735, from 215,090 confirmed cases in at least 168 countries and territories.

However, the World Health Organization has stated that these do not even approach real numbers due to the rapidity with which the virus is spreading.

In Hong Kong, another person has succumbed to the disease, while 191 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 5,809 afflicted, with 69 hospitalized. Romania has reported a nearly 30 percent increase in cases with now a total of 222, and Âu Lạc (Vietnam) saw 115 new cases over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,158.

The Maharashtra state government in India is closing schools, malls, and cinemas in the Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad region to protect public health from the rapid spread of the swine flu.

So far, India has reported 800 infected people, 10 of whom have passed away.

Our thanks, British researchers, Maharashtra state government, and others for your actions to inform and protect lives from this animal-borne disease. We sorrow to learn of these tragic new developments, and urge all to adopt a healthy plant-based diet for the best immunity from such illnesses.
Reference
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8193012.stm
http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=691634
http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=691601
http://www.romaniantimes.at/news/General_News/2009-08-10/2234/Number_of_confirmed_swine_flu_cases_rises_to_222_in_Romania
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/10/content_11858662.htm

August 11, 2009

Market fish and meat fail health safety tests

Inspections by the Vienna Labor Chamber in Austria have resulted in “unacceptable” findings at fish supermarkets, where three of 20 samples were discovered to contain extremely high levels of bacteria due to high shelf display temperatures. This report follows last month’s meat inspection, in which about half of 21 samples were deemed “unfit for human consumption,” with six being categorizedas hazardousto human health. The worst contained an entero-bacteria, caused by animal fecal contamination, at levels more than 380 times those considered acceptable.

Thank you Vienna LaborChamber for yourthorough inspections for the safety of the public. May such reports help all humanity refrain from consuming any living beings’ flesh in favor of the far morewholesome andfresh plant-based fare.

Reference:
http://austriantimes.at/news/Panorama/2009-08-07/15362/Vienna_supermarkets_slammed_over_fish

Cholesterol levels linked to dementia.

A study conducted by US healthcare organization Kaiser Permanente found that those with cholesterol count of 240 or more had a 66 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The 40 year study of nearly 10,000 people began tracking participants when they were 40 to 45 years of age. Renowned US-based Mayo Clinic is thus suggesting a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts, and fiber to lower cholesterol, a substance that is only found in animal products.

Our thanks Kaiser Permanente and all researchers involved for this important information about yet another danger of consuming animal-based foods. Let us all safeguard our health and that of the Earth with an animal-free vegan diet.

Reference:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/04/cholesterol.dementia/index.html?iref=24hours
http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/vsk/veg_foods.html
http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter/aboutkp/fastfacts.html http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/cardiovascularhealth/card3038.html http://www.mayoclinic.org/rochester/

Barbeque restaurant likely source of Salmonella contamination.

More than 20 people recently became ill from food poisoning in Tennessee, USA, with some having to be hospitalized.

The infections have been linked to food from a local restaurant, which has voluntarily closed while Health Department officials carry out an investigation on the source of the bacteria. Salmonella is known to make its way from animal feces to food, causing digestive difficulties that in severe cases can be fatal.

We pray for the victims’ soon recovery as we look forward to the day when such illnesses from animal products no longer exist and all sentient beings
protected through humanity’s switch to the organic vegan diet.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jul/30/health-department-more-20-sickened-salmonella/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmonella