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.