A study by US researchers recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that 18% more fresh water was being fed into the world’s oceans in 2006 from rivers and melting polar ice sheets than in 1994.
Lead scientistDr. Jay Famiglietti of the University of California Irvine noted that greenhouse gases are fueling higher temperatures, which in turn accelerate the global cycle of evaporation and precipitation. Along with rising sea levels, he stated that the effects are a confirmation of earlier forecasts by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change: Rain-filled storms are on the rise in tropical areas, while millions of people living in semi-arid regions face increasing droughts.
The study, which is ongoing, did not rely on computer modeling but instead analyzed more than a decade of satellite data to track total water volume flowing from the continents into the oceans.
Our sincere thanks, Dr. Famiglietti and colleagues for your detailed efforts to quantify climate change and its effect on all lives. May we heed such factual observations and act while there is still time to renew a more harmonious balance with nature.
During a March 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai conveyed her concern for humanity as on many previous occasions in addressing the far-reaching aspects of rising temperatures on the planet.