November 28, 2010

Rapidly melting Kyrgyz glaciers imperil biodiversity

The Institute of Water Problems and Hydro Energy at the National Academy of Sciences in Bishkek has determined that 20% of glaciers across the nation vanished between the mid-1970s and the year 2000, with the remaining ice fields melting three times faster than previously.

Ilia Domashov, deputy head of the Bishkek NGO BIOM Environmental warned that the glacial melt is affecting not only communities downstream, but also the region’s rich biodiversity.

Although the country occupies only 0.1% of the Earth’s landmass, it is home to a full one percent of its biodiversity, some of which is also unique to Kyrgyzstan.

Mr. Domashov stated, “Certain animals are deeply connected to the glaciers, such as the snow leopard, and they will be affected by the rapid melting. What will happen is that in the short term the level of underground water will rise, but in the long term it will actually fall as glaciers disappear; this will have an impact on ecological systems…”

Our appreciation Mr. Domashov, BIOM Environmental and other scientists for this alert to the dangers inherent in rapid climate change.

Let us all quickly step toward the sustainable lifestyles needed to preserve the precious ecosystems of Kyrgyzstan and the world.

Speaking with concern during an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the dire situation represented by the melting glaciers, while assuring at the same time of effective planet-cooling measures.

We hear about glaciers melting,water becoming more scarce,rising food shortages,rising food prices with over one billion people going hungry every day,animals becoming extinct and many species gone forever and so on and so forth.

But be assured that even though our time is running out,we do still have time to save this beautiful planet and restore it to its original splendor,or even more so if all turn to the vegan diet.

The 50% greenhouse gas emissions,which heat up our planet,which put our lives in danger,which put our world into the perilous situation of mass extinction,is from the livestock.

If we stop the meat industry,50% of the heating factor is gone!

http://centralasiaonline.com/cocoon/caii/xhtml/en_GB/newsbriefs/caii/...

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