August 9, 2010

UK rivers drop to lowest levels in nearly a hundred years

A regional drought in normally wet areas of England, Wales and Scotland has led to the deaths of hundreds of fish as water levels drop to record low levels. In monitoring the region, Environment Agency officials have sent out personnel to rescue hundreds more that are still trapped in drying river beds.

The various species are transferred via trucks containing aerated water tanks to river areas where the water is still flowing.

Despite heavy July rains, dry conditions remain, with hosepipe bans still in place in some areas, and nearly half of the 127-mile Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Britain’s longest human-made waterway, closed to boating indefinitely in an effort to protect vulnerable wildlife.

Operations Director for British Waterways Vince Moran stated, “Canals depend upon a complex system of reservoirs and rivers to remain topped up with water; however the lowest rainfall in almost a century combined with high temperatures has left the region's water supplies at record low levels.”

Environment Agency and other British personnel, we appreciate this information shared with the public as well as your caring efforts to help shield aquatic life from the worst effects of the drought.

Our prayers for humanity’s swift steps toward more sustainable ways of life to help renew natural weather patterns for the benefit of all.

During an interview for the December 16, 2009 edition of The Irish Dog Journal, Supreme Master Ching Hai, as on previous occasions, addressed dwindling water sources worldwide due global warming.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Other devastating effects of climate change have already been occurring: And as a consequence of these environmental impacts, 2 billion people are facing water shortages, and 20 million people are in a desperate state – like refugees except with no official protection.

As drought and water crises are spreading silently across the globe, affecting 44% of the world’s population, even triggering conflicts in some areas, the livestock industry is guzzling much of our precious fresh water. If we really want to conserve our clean, safe water for ourselves and our children, we must stop livestock production and adopt the plant-based diet.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/60-miles-of-canal-closed-in-drought-2025712.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/7883002/Fish-rescued-as-rivers-dry-up-in-drought.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-10835222

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