August 31, 2010

US endures record high temperatures

According to new data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the year 2010 is turning out to be the hottest in the country's recorded history.

Each month so far this year, from March through June, has seen record-setting heat. NOAA experts stated that the warm El Nino pattern for 2010 is amplifying the influence of climate change.

In mid-August, the US National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings in nine states along the Mississippi River, and a heat advisory for seven others as temperatures soared above 90 degrees Fahrenheit on most days and exceeded 100 degrees in some areas.

Such unusually hot weather over the past few months, which was seen throughout the US and other notable regions such as Russia, poses a significantly higher health risk especially to the frail elderly and others who are vulnerable.

Indeed, it has claimed numerous lives across the US this summer, with 10 people who were reported to have succumbed to a Missouri heat wave in one week alone.

We thank the US National Weather Service and other officials for your efforts to inform the public of these increasingly dire conditions. Let us act now as a global community to restore more harmonious patterns through our united steps toward sustainable living.

Regarding the unrelenting climb in temperatures due to global warming, Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently discussed a rapid way to relieve the planet of the human-caused atmospheric heat, as in this March 2009 videoconference in Mexico.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The past decade has twice, at least, seen the hottest average annual temperatures ever recorded in our planet’s history. So, we must cool the planet, first and foremost. And one of the most effective and fastest ways to reduce the heat in the atmosphere is to eliminate methane production.

Methane not only traps up to 72 times more heat than carbon, it also goes away from the atmosphere much faster than CO2. We can start by cutting down on the biggest methane producer in the world, that is, animal raising. So, to cool the planet most quickly, we have to stop consuming meat in order to stop the livestock raising industry. If everyone in the world would adopt this simple but most powerful practice of an animal-free diet, then we could reverse the effect of global warming in no time.

http://views.washingtonpost.com/climate-change/post-carbon/2010/08
/noaa_this_year_warmest_on_record_so_far.html

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