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.

August 30, 2010

Accounting for nitrogen in food sustainability

In a recent study, University of Pittsburg environmental scientists Dr. Xue Xiaobo and Professor Amy Landis in Pennsylvania, USA calculated the “nitrogen footprints” of various foods.

They then compared this measure of environmental impact with the same foods’ carbon footprint. Nitrogen pollution is created from nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer runoff as well as nitrogen contained in livestock manure, both of which are washed by rain into rivers and out to bays and the ocean, where they spur the growth of algae, which dies and is then consumed by bacteria.

The oxygen-depriving effects of the bacteria create the often-massive dead zones such as the 8,000-square-mile area near the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

Of all the foods measured by the scientists, meat and dairy products topped the list as the most nitrogen-damaging to the ecosystem, while plant-based foods had the lowest impact.

Our appreciation, Drs. Landis and Xue for helping us to understand the environmental damage caused by nitrogen and its primary source in animal products.

May such insights motivate us all to adopt the truly eco-friendly plant-based lifestyle. During a November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the harms of livestock waste to both the environment and lives while suggesting the simplest way to reverse the problem.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Livestock produces 130 times as much waste as the human population in the US. Can you imagine that? In Virginia State, even the poultry farms are producing 1.5 times polluting nitrogen, more than all the people living in the same area. We are killing ourselves.

One time, an 8-acre large,such pig manure lagoon burst in North Carolina, spilling 25 million gallons of this poisonous waste, twice the volume of the notorious Exxon-Valdez oil spill.

Hundreds of millions of fish in the state’s New River were killed instantly due to the nitrates in the waste, with further harmful effects once the contamination reached the ocean.

Not only that, we have the enormous dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, the size of New Jersey, which suffocates all marine life there. And this is overwhelmingly due to the nitrogen runoff from the Midwest, from the animal wastes and the fertilizers for the animal feed crops. This waste is toxic.

It contains antibiotics, hormones and pesticides, and 10 to 100 times the concentration of deadly pathogens like E. coli and salmonella compared to human waste.

There is a very good reason to abolish meat, fish, eggs and dairy – all the animal products al together. We must stop animal production now and at all cost if we want to keep this planet. ...

Global warming is reflected in food scarcity and rising prices

Recent research from a team of US scientists studying rice yields across six major rice exporting regions in Asia found that rising night-time temperatures have caused rice production to decline by 10 to 20% over the past 25 years. This temperature effect has overshadowed improvements in growing techniques that would otherwise lead to higher yields.

In a related Philippine study, rice yields were found to drop by 10% for every 1 degree Celsius rise in night-time temperature. More recently, farmers in some parts of India are facing too much water due to flooding, while others are experiencing droughts, and many have not planted even half of what would normally be needed out of fear that there will not be enough water to grow the rice.

Mohammed Ansari, Farmer (in Hindi): Even if it starts to rain now, we will not get any crop. There is a deadline for the rice to start growing – that is till the middle of August. And that time has now passed. So we will not have any crop this year.

Jugari Paswan, Indian labourer (e): We are poor people and are desperate for food to eat. Our children go to sleep hungry. What can we do?

Rita, Indian villager (F): My hungry child cries all the time, there is no food to feed him. How can we survive like this?

And this summer’s extreme weather in Russia as well as Ukraine, which has been attributed to climate change, has led the governments to decrease forecasted wheat yields and place a ban on exports.

This in turn has even affected other grains such as barley, which has doubled in price in the last six weeks due to a combination of lower wheat yields in Russia and reduced barley yields in Europe and Canada due to unfavorable weather.

With prolonged drought and hunger being endured by millions in countries such as Africa, the scientists warn that these declines are just some of the indications of an emerging global food crisis as extreme conditions continue due to unchecked climate change.

We thank the scientists for these factual insights into the current and ongoing threats to food security due to global warming. Let us all quickly shift to lifestyles that complement the balance of nature for the sustenance and survival of all people on the planet.

Speaking with concern for the welfare of people across the globe, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the matter of food shortages as well as the most efficient solution during an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: All this is important because if humans are in shortage of food or of water, then conflicts, of course, will break out. When our family members are in danger of hunger or thirst, maybe we would do anything to bring food to them.

So reluctantly, some virtuous or good people might even go astray and cause conflict between neighbors and then, on a larger scale, it will cause conflict between nations.

Scientists have documented that one serving of beef takes more than a thousand gallons of water to produce. By contrast, the vegan diet uses about one-tenth of that amount.

So, the best way to prepare for conflict is to take complete prevention. The vegan diet will help us to achieve that goal, and almost immediately.§ionid=3510212

August 28, 2010

Nine whales saved in New Zealand mass stranding

Among 58 whales found stranded on the remote northern Karikari Beach, 45 had already perished by the time they were discovered on Friday, August 20. More than 200 rescue volunteers, including New Zealand Department of Conservation personnel as well as volunteers from Far North Whale Rescue and Project Jonah raced to save the 13 survivors.

After their initial attempts to refloat each 1,500-kilogram whale were unsuccessful in part due to turbulent weather conditions, the rescue workers used cranes and body slings to transport the marine mammals to a different bay where the waters were calmer.

Although another four were tragically found re-beached, the remaining nine were later observed swimming strongly back out to sea.

Our heartfelt thanks, New Zealand Department of Conservation, Far North Whale Rescue, Project Jonah and all other workers and volunteers for your valiant efforts to save precious lives during this tragic event.

With Heaven’s grace, may we all strive to better protect our marine co-inhabitants and their irreplaceable homes. During an international gathering in August 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed such sorrowful predicaments while highlighting how they may be alleviated through humanity’s better care of the ecosphere.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So many whales and dolphins, they wash up ashore and die. There are so many dead zones in the ocean.

It’s suffocating them, so they have to swim out of the water where it’s full of the poisonous gas that has been released! They cannot bear it, they cannot breathe. So they have to get out of it.

For them, life is in the water, but if water is full of poison, of course they come out. But when they come out, they die, too. Because they have no water. They stay in the ocean, they die; they came out, they die. There is no choice for them. This is the worst of all cruelty, that the people don’t take care of the environment. And let all beings keep dying like this.

Just to be vegan, how difficult can it be?

Even the dolphins have to swim out of the ocean; because they think like that they can survive, even risking their lives. So why not we can just can change to vegan diet?

Humans used cave to survive climate change

Some scientists believe the last Ice Age caused all but a few hundred humans to perish around 195,000 years ago. Although sudden climate change at that time was considered to be the cause for the vanishing of many other species, Professor Curtis Marean of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University in the USA believes the humans who did survive took shelter in a South African cave some 240 miles from present-day Cape Town.

Having found ancient human artifacts there dating back 164,000 years, be believes this small strip of land, which at that time was surrounded by lush vegetation, may have been the only habitable place on the planet.

Thank you Professor Marean, for reminding us of the fact that a changing climate can render the Earth uninhabitable for many humans and other species. May we all work to avert such a disaster through our swift, planet-protective actions.

During an international gathering with our Association members in February 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed the real prospect as well as current attempts of emergency protection against drastic climate change.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I'm sure a lot of people already dig their stuff. And somebody also put food in some of the caves in the north. I heard in the North Pole or something…Seed Vault in the Arctic.

I didn't dig anything yet. I don't know – the solution is…it's good, but how?

Water, you have to dig somewhere that there is water. But we have to make sure water is clean also. If it stays on top of the ground, it's different, it might be poisoned.

Well, it's better if everybody be vegan, I think. Saves the whole planet and we have everything as is, yes? Otherwise, we lose everything and we could never go up to the big sky like this and walk around in freedom and sunshine anymore.

Whoa, That would be terrible. Imagine. People are still thinking it won't happen. No? But it might. To some degree, it will happen, because right now the CO2 is exceeding the normal level already and then we keep pumping more into it.

This is illogical! Why don't we just stop it? Just stop raising more animals, stop the bad karma (retribution), reverse the bad karma (retribution) and then we have protection.


August 26, 2010

Russia and Pakistan weather events linked to climate change

A statement from the World Climate Research Program, which is working together with the United Nations World Meteorological Association (WMO) in observing atmospheric changes and their connection to weather events, noted that the recent drought and heat wave in Russia originated from the same pattern of atmospheric currents as the massive Pakistan rains.

Joining these two disasters are other recent severe events, namely, the rain-related landslides in China and the splitting of a vast iceberg in Greenland.

All of these together form what the organizations say are an unprecedented sequence and magnitude of events that should be evaluated in unison rather than separately, especially as they represent effects of global warming and thus would be expected to occur more frequently if planetary temperatures continue to rise.

Scientists have also pointed out that the effects of these calamities are becoming increasingly severe. In the case of Russia alone, researchers at the nation’s Academy of Sciences noted that the heat wave as well as the polluted air from the forest fires caused additional fatalities in Moscow to double to a total of 700 people per day, with nearly 6,000 who perished during the month of July compared to the previous year.

After two full months of record high heat and more than 27,700 wildfires, it appears that temperatures will be returning to normal summer ranges.

However, with approximately 25% of the nation’s grain crops destroyed, a resulting ban on exports could significantly reduce the country’s income as well as causing shortages for other countries.

We are saddened by the suffering caused by these extreme conditions in Russia, as well as in Pakistan and China. Our prayers for relief to all the nations’ residents and long-term easing of these tragic events through lifestyle changes that help stabilize the planet's atmosphere.

As on many occasions, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with concern during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand in cautioning of the devastating effects of climate change.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we look around, we can see the growing frequencies and strength of disasters everywhere. Flood events worldwide are now three times higher than in the 1980s.

In 2008, there were 40 category 5 storms, the most ever recorded including in the Atlantic, India and Bangladesh, and in the Philippines. It takes just one category 4 or 5 storm to destroy a major city, just one.

These are truly almost always the consequences of humans’ violent actions. The number 1 action is meat eating. We can stop the disasters, make them go away for good, forever, if all of us switch to the organic vegan diet. Pray it be so. ... ...

August 24, 2010

Evidence of link between ice melt and earthquakes

A team of US scientists have identified climate change and ice sheet melt as the likely causes of several massive 7 to 7.5-magnitude quakes that occurred in 1811 and 1812 along the New Madrid fault in the middle of the North American continent in an area not typically prone to quake activity.

After studying the fault for a decade, the researchers found no evidence of growing pressure that might have ordinarily predicted a future quake. They instead concluded that the pressure was likely built through a geologic event such as the uplift of the Rocky Mountains. Then, at the end of the last Ice Age, when melting sheets flowed down the Mississippi River, the additional water flow washed vast amounts of sediment away, relieving pressure that had been weighing down on the Earth’s crust. This would create conditions for the fault to move, thus releasing the stored pressure and creating the quakes that occurred at that time.

Professor Eric Calais of University of Purdue stated, “We understand why earthquakes happen at the contact between tectonic plates, like in California, but it has always been a puzzle as to why earthquakes occur in the middle of the continent as well, and with no visible surface deformation.

Our theory links an external climate-driven process, the melting of the ice sheet, and earthquakes.”Thank you Professor Calais and colleagues for helping us to understand more about the link between global warming and disruptions like earthquakes.

May we heed this research and act to avoid future disasters by restoring the balance in our ecosphere. During an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed similar scientific findings regarding temblors in a warming world, and suggested a holistic way to re-stabilize the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Scientists have discovered that earthquakes are linked to global warming. Because, as the ice melts at the poles - you know North and South poles – beneath Greenland, pressure shifts on the Earth's plates that could trigger movement to cause earthquakes.

So, we create the atmosphere we live in. If everyone creates the harmonious atmosphere, our planet will be in peace This will also help protect us.

And also, we should pray to Heavens, to the great mercy of Allah, and the angels, to all divine beings, to help awaken humankind – awaken us so that we understand right from wrong. We understand that we must walk the way of God’s children.

So, please help us, help your loved ones and those around you, to all be veg, and do good deeds.

August 23, 2010

Adapting agriculture to mitigate climate change

From droughts in Mexico to floods in Pakistan and deadly heat in the US, extreme weather events are increasing due to global warming. Experts have stated concern that these could lead to instability in global agriculture markets and even conflicts over food, similar to those seen in 2007 and 2008.

In a recent report, the World Bank studied the impacts of climate change in-depth for the countries Mozambique, Ethiopia, Ghana, Bangladesh, Âu Lạc (Vietnam), Samoa, and Bolivia, and estimated that the cost for all the most vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change will be US$70-100 billion per year until 2050.

Warren Evans – Director of Environment Department at World Bank (M): The reality is that climate change is a development issue. The poorest of the poor tend to be the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, whether it’s sea level rise, drought, flooding. They also are the least resilient because of their impoverished state.

VOICE: The World Bank’s new study was presented by Environment Department Director Warren Evans, who explained that economic development is the most cost-effective method of climate change adaptation. In particular, developing sustainable agriculture would make both adaptation and mitigation of climate change efficient, a point confirmed by a 2009 Dutch study which found that a global shift to an organic vegan diet would save world governments 80% of climate mitigation costs by 2050, or a savings of US$32 trillion.

Mr. Evans (M): Agriculture is one of the opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There is a tremendous amount of carbon stored in soils and in grasses and so on. Right now, that is not a part of the equation in terms of getting financing to developing countries for reducing their emissions, but there’s a tremendous opportunity to shift agricultural practices, so that carbon is stored.

Supreme Master TV (F): And what kind of practices are you talking about?

Mr. Evans (M): Well, a simple one is no-till farming, where you reduce the amount of exposure of the soils to the air, to the atmosphere. You retain a higher level of organic composition and of vegetative growth on top of the soils, proven over and over again to be a highly effective system for production.

Other systems involve changing the way the water’s managed, and in some cases it’s a matter of changing crops.

VOICE: Our appreciation Director Evans and World Bank for indicating ways to support the most impacted countries in mitigating global warming. May all nations help to make rapid and effective changes to stop further climate change.

During a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed organic vegan farming practices and their benefits for the planet at this crucial time.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Organic farming preserves topsoil and keeps water bodies clean, and if used worldwide, would have the potential to absorb and store approximately 40% of all present-day CO2 emissions each year.

The other aspects of vegan organic farming that are beneficial including things like crop rotation, mulching, and natural fertilizers. Other methods such as mulching and even a new method called no-till organic farming help retain moisture and reduce soil erosion considerably.

So, in general, vegan organic farming follows a philosophy of living in harmony with nature and protection for the planet and all beings. I highly encourage you to pursue vegan organic farming methods, if at all possible. Of course, it is possible.

It has to be possible for our own survival. The vegan diet is the real key and is the essence of the change that is needed for saving our planet.

August 21, 2010

Plague takes the life of Peruvian woman

Peru’s Health Ministry reported that a 29-year-old woman has succumbed to pneumonic plague in the coastal province of Ascope, which is the same region where two other deaths from bubonic plague have been reported since June along with 31 others who have been infected.

Bubonic, pneumonic and septicemic plague are all caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which scientists say has the potential to easily develop a resistance to antibiotics, thus making an outbreak difficult to treat.

The plague is transmitted by fleas, rodents, infected humans and consuming infected meats. Scientists have projected that climate change is likely to bring about more plague by creating conditions conducive to its growth, including frost-free springs and wet summers.

In 2009, the World Health Organization linked the deaths of at least three people in China to the consumption of wild marmot meat that was infected with the pneumonic plague.

Their cases illustrated the seriousness of the highly lethal and easily transmissible disease which can cause the loss of life within a few short hours.

Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the Peruvians who lost their lives to this tragic affliction. We pray that everyone soon realizes the lifesaving benefits of the plant-based diet in avoiding all such devastating diseases as these.

During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed the cause and remedy for both disease and global warming.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have produced a lot, a lot, and a lot of negative energy by killing billions and billions of innocent sentient lives, and killing millions of our fellow humans even, over millennia, directly or indirectly. Directly is through war. Indirectly is through disease that we made ourselves, like with the bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and now swine flu, bird flu, etc.

It is not a coincidence that the main cause of global warming is meat eating. And many of the leading health problems in our world are also derived from meat eating. So meat eating is cruelty to animals. Meat eating is cruelty to our well-being. Meat eating is cruelty to our children’s wellbeing. Meat eating is cruelty to the planet.
Be vegan,and we will never have to suffer many of these kinds of consequences ever, ever again.

August 20, 2010

Russian grain export ban affects Egypt and other regions

With recent record heat waves, prolonged drought and wildfires damaging 25% of Russia’s crops, the government’s decision to ban 2010 exports in order to ensure adequate grain supplies is in turn likely to cause hardship in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where Russia’s largest exports are made.

Many of these countries, such as Egypt, where 40% of the people live on less than US$2 per day, rely on provisions of subsidized bread to maintain social peace.

The loss of Russia’s wheat this year will inevitably result in rising grain prices, which could have obvious adverse effects. Egypt, which in 2009 imported a third of Russia’s overseas wheat supplies and relied on Russia for 59% of her wheat imports, currently has a four month supply of the grain, and has issued requests to obtain wheat from other countries.

However, the government states that it expects the higher grain prices will cost up to US$705 million, an amount that will hinder its ability to begin reducing debt.

Meanwhile, with Russia’s heat wave being labeled the most extreme in a millennium by the country’s Meteorological Center, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the nation’s Security Council that a change in approach is needed to address the more and more obvious effects of global warming.

He stated, “Frankly, what is going on with the world’s climate at the moment should incite us all (I mean world leaders and heads of public organizations) to make a more strenuous effort to fight global climate change.”

We are relieved to learn Egypt has enough supply for the next few months, and pray for adequate sustenance for all in need. Let us all act to conserve our precious grain supplies and stabilize the climate by adopting sustainable lifestyles such as the plant-based diet.

During a July 2008 telephone interview with Mr. James Bean, host of the US-based Spiritual Awakening Radio station, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the connection between global warming, food insecurity and our dietary choices.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So, it is meat diet that really causes the shortage of food. The grain that we feed the livestock alone is enough for 2 billion people.

And it’s not just about food shortage; it breeds war, because when people are hungry and insecure about food, and famine everywhere, they might just do anything. And that’s why we have war. So, I think a vegetarian diet, it is truly necessary for us to survive.,,5912105,00.html

August 18, 2010

Ocean’s phytoplankton declines due to warming

Coordinating data from nearly half a million records, researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada have created the first historical climate account of phytoplankton, a nearly microscopic organism found abundantly in oceans worldwide.

As a vital component of life, phytoplankton currently accounts for half of all the oxygen-generating photosynthesis on Earth and is also at the very foundation of the ocean’s ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

Alarmingly, however, the scientists discovered that the occurrence of ocean phytoplankton has declined by nearly 50% in the past half century alone.

Supreme Master Television spoke about the significance of this tiny organism with Dr. David Siegel, an oceanography professor at University of California-Santa Barbara in the USA who wrote an editorial on the Canadian research that was published in “Nature” magazine.

Dr. David Siegel – Professor of Oceanography, University of California-Santa Barbara, California, USA (M): As you do photosynthesis, you produce oxygen, all of it at one time came from the oceans and came from phytoplankton before land plants evolved.

Now, about 50% of that net partner production comes from the oceans, through phytoplankton, that oxygen supports all the animals, all the bacteria.

VOICE: The cause for phytoplankton’s decline has been attributed primarily to human-caused global warming as well as polluting fertilizer runoff arising largely from livestock production.

This worldwide loss has also been associated with large decreases in bird and marine mammal populations who depend upon its existence for life.

Another adverse effect has been the reduced capability of the ocean to slow the pace of climate change because of being increasingly impaired in absorbing CO2 emissions.

Dr. David Siegel (M): The authors of the paper find through their statistical analysis that the amount of phytoplankton biomass has decreased by, globally, as much as 40% over the last 50 years. And that is just a huge number.

VOICE: We thank Dr. David Siegel and Dalhousie University researchers for helping us to further understand our interconnectedness with even the tiniest of ocean life.

May we all use this information wisely to quickly reverse such harmful declines and restore the balance of our Earth. During a July 2008 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai, as on many previous occasions, spoke of our irreplaceable ecosystems and the caring responsibility needed for their ultimate protection.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: You see, these things are very sad. It happens a lot and we still did not learn to be responsible and to feel for the environment and the helpless animals, which are our friends and helpers.

We have dumped so much chemicals and poisonous stuff into rivers and oceans. Our enduring, giving rivers and oceans have to take in daily so much. And they poison the marine life.

We just feel like it doesn’t concern us or that we are not responsible for their plight,for the death and disappearance of our precious co-inhabitants.

But the fact is that we are responsible. We have to stop the harmful effect of meat consumption, then we will see a happy, sufficient and satisfied world manifest in front of our eyes in a matter of weeks. ...

Black Sea drought now poses threat to crops through 2011

Extremely dry weather aggravated by recent wildfires has adversely affected growing conditions in the normally flourishing Black Sea region, also known as the “bread basket” of the area.

As a result, both Russia and Ukraine, the world’s fourth and sixth largest wheat exporters, respectively, have announced export bans to conserve national food supplies.

With the drought in Russia being the worst in a century, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated that the effects may be so severe that the export ban will need to extend beyond the year’s end.

He went on to state that the grain crop forecast could fall to as low as 60 million tons, down from the previous week’s 75 million ton forecast. The affected growing regions are currently not planning to sow seeds for the winter 2010 crops this autumn, which normally amounts to 40% of the country’s grain harvest, and will focus on spring 2011 crops later instead.

Winter grain sowing is also being delayed in Ukraine, where high temperatures and absence of rain have parched the soil’s sowing layer. Officials have also stated that grain surpluses from prior years may need to be used to help to avoid internal food shortages.

Our appreciation, Your Excellency and governments of Russia and Ukraine for your efforts to cope with this serious situation affecting not only Russia but global food supplies.

Let us all act in more sustaining ways to protect food security worldwide, including a foremost shift to the environmentally restoring organic vegan diet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often expressed concern about climate change impacts on global food production, as discussed in a 2009 videoconference in Togo.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Zimbabwe, Somalia, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Sudan – just to name a few – are experiencing worsened droughts that make it difficult to plant crops, thus adding to food shortages and prices rising.

Add to this, desertification and deforestation that further degrade the land. Increased temperatures mean erratic rainfall – either too little or too much at a time – so we have ravaging floods that drown the crops and fires that burn the forest.

These impacts of climate change increase food insecurity and the food crisis. It is best if government leaders can be part of the solution. They can assist in helping people to understand why it is so important to make the change to the veg diet.

So let us try our best to help remind and encourage our leaders to do something.

August 17, 2010

Reducing black carbon could significantly slow polar ice melt

Research by US-based Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson has found that black carbon, or soot, which is generated from the incomplete burning of fuels and biomass such as felled trees, is one of the most significant factors in melting Arctic ice.

As the black carbon particles can be carried in the air for thousands of kilometers, they have been found deposited on glaciers and polar ice caps, where their heat-absorbing dark color speeds melt-rate.

In a study of the subject, Professor Heitor Evangelista and colleagues of Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil found that around 50% of the black carbon in the most rapidly warming areas of Antarctica originates from biomass burning in the Amazon.

Environmental advocacy organizations Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (Amigos da Terra) estimate that 80% of deforestation in Brazil is directly linked to the livestock industry, indicating that 40% of black carbon in Antarctica originates from activities supporting meat production.

Professor Jacobson meanwhile has called for reductions in black carbon, affirming that it may be one of the best approaches for quickly helping halt ice melt.

He stated, “We have to start taking its effects into account in planning our mitigation efforts, and the sooner we start making changes, the better.” Thank you Drs. Jacobson and Evangelista as well as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth for these insights into yet another aspect of the dire effects of global warming.

Let us act swiftly on such new understanding to most effectively protect the Earth for ourselves and our children. In her concerned endeavors to safeguard our planetary welfare, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the need to eliminate such grave dangers as those posed by the meat industry during an interview published in the July 12, 2009 edition of the Irish Sunday Independent.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: As for black carbon, which is the particulate matter also known as soot, NASA scientists found that it has a serious impact on climate change. Black carbon is 680 times more heat trapping than CO2 – can you imagine that? So CO2 is not our foremost and urgent problem. The soot’s 680 times heat trapping more than CO2 is accelerating the melting of Antarctic ice, which raises the world sea level.

Scientists found that 60% of the black carbon particles in Antarctica were carried there by the wind from South American forests that are burned to clear land for livestock production. You see the connection?

So, this pollutant is yet another damaging byproduct of the meat industry again. We will destroy the world if we do not stop eating and producing meat and other animal products. So, the organic vegan diet is the fastest, easiest, and most effective solution for a life-sustaining planet. ...

Martian rock site may carry evidence of early life

Collaborating scientists from several US-based research facilities – the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland; California’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Desert Research Institute in Nevada, as well as Brazil’s State University of Campinas have discovered the existence of ancient rocks on Mars that could hold fossilized remains of early life.

Their report, published in the journal “Earth and Planetary Science Letters,” stated that the rocks from Mars’ Nili Fossae region contain carbonate, a compound found in early life fossils.

The researchers also noted a very close similarity between the Martian rocks and those of Australia’s Pilbara region, which has shown some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth. The team believes that the same hydrothermal processes that preserved life in Pilbara could have occurred on Mars.

Thank you all scientists involved in this fascinating new discovery! May our continued insights about neighboring planets motivate us toward ever expanding appreciation and protection of all life on Earth.

In an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed the likenesses among Mars, Venus, and Earth that in addition to life-supporting conditions led to some of their fatal climate changes.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: According to planetary scientists, Mars and Venus were probably like planet Earth at an earlier time; they had a comfortable atmosphere, warmer temperatures, oceans and lots of water.

There is evidence that both of them experienced extreme climate changes. Thus today we see that Mars’ surface looks like there had been oceans, mountains, and rivers carved into them, even though there is hardly any living atmosphere left.

I have been able to contact the people in Mars; their ancestors were the survivors of the global warming catastrophe. They kindly gave us permission to share their sad past experience that it was their meat diet, their other unpleasant habits, their livestock production that emitted too much hot and poisonous gas, which triggered the release of other greenhouse gases from huge stores under the soil and ocean.

So tragically, the vast majority of people on Mars perished within a short time, along with the animals and plant life. Our planet is also facing a similar fate very soon. If we all become vegan and live a virtuous, compassionate life, it won’t happen.

Our planet will not follow this fate of Mars and Venus and instead, will be saved and thriving in every corner. ...

Drought jeopardizes crops and creates water scarcity in Âu Lạc (Vietnam)

Months of dry conditions through the month of July, coupled with temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius, have left at least 25,000 hectares of rice destroyed, with an additional 70,000 hectares damaged in the north central regions.

Record low water levels in rivers and reservoirs have also hampered irrigation efforts, and even residents living near rivers have had to walk several kilometers to fetch water or pay for it locally.

In southern Âu Lạc, saltwater intrusion into the Mekong Delta has become a serious threat to the Vị Thanh City area.

Tens of thousands of hectares of crops are in jeopardy, and the city’s 200,000 residents awoke one day to find that the tap water had become salty and unusable, with fresh water that had to be purchased at high prices for cooking and washing.

In an effort to provide relief for the shortages, Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng recently announced that 7,100 tons of rice would be allocated from national reserves to four provinces hardest hit by the drought.

We deeply appreciate the efforts of Your Excellency to alleviate the suffering of fellow citizens. Our prayers for restored bountiful harvests throughout Âu Lạc and the world as we step quickly to adopt sustainable lifestyles in harmony with nature.

During a November 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed with deep concern the situations being faced by the people of Âu Lạc, explaining the most effective solution.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Moreover, as the glaciers continue to melt, the great Mekong River will begin to dry, because there’s no more support of flowing water – meaning further hardship for farmers as water becomes more scarce.

And the drought, combined with sea level rise would cause further salt water contamination. What kind of world will we have left if these global warming changes continue?

What kind of drinking water, what kind of air we will have, even if the rice plants can grow in salt water? This is a complex ecosystem with a long, long history of supporting human life, so, there is no easy answer. But the most effective one I know, which is so simple, easy and also scientifically proven, is to adopt the meat-free, animal-free lifestyle. If everyone stops the killing and consumption of meat, these destructive changes
will also stop.

It is the best thing to help us, to help the farmers and the entire country of Âu Lạc (Vietnam), not just the Mekong Delta. ...

French Alpine glacier at risk of bursting

Glaciologists at the National Center for Scientific Research in France (CNRS) (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) have discovered trapped pockets of water beneath the Tête Rousse glacier on Mont Blanc.

The experts warn that the 65,000 cubic meters of water that has collected inside the glacier could burst, potentially destroying the 900 homes and other structures in the region.

In a similar event in 1892, 200 people lost their lives. The region’s current 3,000 residents have been alerted, and drilling operations to drain the water are planned to begin by August 15.

Dr. Christian Vincent of CNRS stated that the pockets were ultimately the result of global warming, which had melted the glacier’s protective snow cover.

This in turn has caused the exposed surface to transmit winter cold more readily to where the water collected in regions below, with the normal channels becoming frozen and no longer able to drain.

Many thanks, Dr. Vincent and associates at the French National Center for Scientific Research, for revealing this imminent danger as we also appreciate the efforts to address it.

Our prayers for swift public awareness that brings widely sustainable actions to eliminate such global warming hazards as these.

In a May 2008 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared deeper insight on how we can better avoid such threatening environmental dangers through our own conscious actions.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It’s not only global warming that will be facing us. There will be other things like sunspots exploding and we also have comets that might hit the Earth, and we might have even explosive-like volcanoes from the middle of the Earth, from the ocean that will blow everything up.

So, it’s not the technical problem, it’s not the technical reparation we have to concentrate on. It’s the retribution, the cause and retribution that we have to pay attention to.

So, we just have to stop killing. We just have to stop killing animals and man. We have to stop it. And then everything else will suddenly come clear. We will find better technical means to tackle the climate problem.

Everything else will turn to peaceful way of life because we create peace and then we will have peace. Peace not only among humans but among all co-inhabitants. That’s why I keep emphasizing the vegetarian diet.

August 13, 2010

Regions worldwide gripped by heat waves as globe heads for hottest year ever

Analysis of extensive data has led eminent climatologists such as Dr. James Hansen of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration to state that 2010 is set to become the hottest year in recorded history.

Thermometers around the world are reflecting this same movement, with recent prolonged droughts and excessive heat in China and India, along with more recent record-setting highs in Ukraine and Belarus.

In Russia, where peat and forest fires continue to burn, the head of the Russian Meteorological Center stated that the country is enduring its longest heat wave in a millennium.

Meanwhile, high temperatures in Japan’s Tokyo Bay were found to have caused the death of up to 80% of its baby-neck clams, as human lives were also lost in the USA’s Midwest and South during early August, where the National Climatic Data Center reported more than 200 record temperatures in the state of Mississippi alone.

Experts warn that warmer waters resulting from these heat waves may also increase hurricanes. Professor Michael Mann, a noted climatologist at Pennsylvania State University in the USA, has explained that such global warming-induced temperatures would become ever more damaging over time, leading to widespread chaos as nations suffer from the upheaval caused by their damaging effects.

Our appreciation, Dr. Hansen, Professor Mann and all other scientists and officials working to increase our understanding of the perilous tolls of climate change.

Let us quickly step in unison toward actions that restore the safety of our shared planetary home. During an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the increasing urgency of human-caused global warming, describing at the same time the most effective measure to counteract its dangers.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The atmospheric temperatures are rising so steeply that we do not have much time left to change. And that is just what has been predicted up to date.

The effects of climate change can be seen in so many ways, with increased flooding, droughts, fires and even earthquakes everywhere in the world. How do we stop these alarming changes ?

The greenhouse gases released from the animals, from their waste, agricultural runoff, and the activities related to these massive operations have been identified as the primary, the number one cause of global warming.

We have to halt the meat consumption and the livestock raising. Instead, we should choose to buy organic vegetable and fruit products to save our lives and those of our families, save the animals and the planet. ... ... ... ... ...

August 12, 2010

World headed for global warming in excess of 1.5 degrees Celsius

A new report jointly issued by Britain’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the Center for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and the Met Office Hadley has concluded that the world is most likely headed for global average temperature increases above 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The report goes on to warn that although all efforts need to be made to reduce temperatures, it may be too late if the warming triggers certain tipping points such as widespread permafrost melt, which could release dangerously high levels of methane that in turn would cause irreversible global warming.

Currently, developed countries have only pledged carbon dioxide emission reductions of up to 19% compared to 1990 levels, which does not meet the standards recommended by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and could thus bring about runaway global warming along with more extreme disasters.

During the recent third round of talks held in Bonn, Germany by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), delegates from 178 nations gathered, with those most vulnerable to global warming, such as in Africa and Asia, urging for bolder emission reductions especially from developed countries.

UNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke of the coming major conference in Cancun, Mexico, suggesting a focus on financial and other practical assistance to help developing countries adapt to the already-evident impacts of climate change.

Titi Alibaba – Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Nigeria (F): From the north you have desertification, in the east you have erosion, and in the southwest you have coastal erosion.

Sen. Heherson Alvarez – Climate Change Advisor to Philippine President, Shining World Leadership Award laureate (M): We are highly vulnerable. We are hit by 22 storms every year, and we’re a low-lying archipelagic community. So there are many other communities like us. So we’d like to see how the world is confronting this daunting threat of disaster. This is not just a disaster. Scientists are saying that if we don’t face up to it, and we allow it the temperatures to rise,we allow carbon dioxide to accumulate, we’ll be wiped out, as a people, as a community. And even the rich communities are not safe from these.

VOICE: Members of the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association were present during the Bonn meeting to advocate the fastest, most effective measure to halt global warming – an organic vegan diet and policy. Receiving informative SOS flyers and DVDs as well as free delicious vegan food, conference delegates shared their thoughts on the plant-based diet solution to climate change.

Titi Alibaba – Nigeria (F): We have a lot of pollution in our water bodies, and also we have a lot of land degradation due to abattoir waste flow and everything. I think if we really manage and shift to a vegetarian diet, it will help the environment and us as human beings.

Dr. Hendra Yusran Siry – Deputy Director for Technical Service on Socioeconomic Research, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia (M): This is a good time to change our way of life, how we deal with specific foods or deal with energy consumptions.

Sen. Heherson Alvarez (M): If we eat vegetables, so the science says, we would be able to save ourselves.

VOICE: We thank the participants of the UNFCCC conference in Bonn, as well as Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and the Met Office Hadley for your planet-saving efforts. Our prayers for the cooperation of governments toward a sustainable Earth for all nations, especially through their adoption of the vital organic vegan solution.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has long been suggesting that world leaders stop livestock activities as the most effective way to cool the planet in overcoming climate change, as in this August 2009 videoconference in Thailand.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I hope the governments would please make it into law to forbid the killing of animals, to forbid any more animal livestock raising. If they are truly the leaders that pledge to protect their people, to improve their country in many aspects, then this is the first step we have to do.

Stop the meat industry,
stop the fish industry,
stop the dairy industry,

then our planet will be the way it was and even better.

To save the planet, there is only one way to stop the cause - that is, the animal industry, by all means, in all aspects. We have to do it.

Spread information, encourage everyone, inform everyone to be vegan. ...

Greenland glacier loses largest ice since 1962

In the early morning of Thursday, August 5, a vast 87-square-kilometer chunk of ice representing one-quarter of the Petermann Glacier separated from the main body of ice and became an island four times the size of New York’s Manhattan.

The rupture comes as scientists report that the first six months of 2010 have been the hottest on record globally. Speaking of this and a previous loss to the glacier’s diminishing ice shelf, climatologist Dr. Jason E. Box of Ohio State University stated, “Petermann is a sleeping giant that is slowly awakening….

The coincidence of this area loss and a 30-square kilometer loss in 2008 with abnormal warmth this year, (along with)…increasing sea surface temperatures and sea ice decline are all part of a climate warming pattern.”

Other scientists monitoring the ice say the newly calved island will enter the deep waterway between northern Greenland and Canada known as the Nares Straight, where it may block the channel or break into smaller pieces as it is propelled south by ocean currents.

Dr. Alun Hubbard - Glaciologist, Aberystwyth University: Ocean warming currents are circulating around the fjord here and eroding the underbelly of Petermann glacier at an incredible rate which is 25 times that of the surface melt. There's been a revelation in the last couple of years in the role that warming oceans play in triggering the enhanced acceleration, breakup, and thinning of these outlet glaciers.

Dr. Box, colleagues and other international researchers, we appreciate your diligent observations and reporting on the continued alarming melt of Arctic ice.

May we heed such warnings and join now in adopting sustainable, planet-cooling lifestyles. Speaking with concern during a September 2009 videoconference in Peru as on previous occasions about the predicament facing humanity due to the many aspects of global warming, Supreme Master Ching Hai offered simple but effective suggestions.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Glaciers melt in many places so dramatically that one moment there are massive floods, and soon after, a drought. We are not ready for the changes that are coming.

The wisest action would be to fix the situation we have now and prevent further damage; then we won’t even have to worry about the future.

All the leading scientists we have spoken to tell us one and the same: that we must handle it now, not tomorrow. The smartest way would be to stop the worsening of global warming by being vegan. It sounds very simple but it is the best solution, the most effective and the effect of it will be felt almost immediately. So please, before the situation gets any more out of hand – let’s choose the vegan diet.

Be veg, go green, so we can all save the planet.

August 10, 2010

Wildfires in Russia heighten nuclear disaster risk

Triggered by the country’s worst heat wave in over a century, forest and peat bog fires in Russia continue to blaze, with over 50 lives that have been lost so far and thousands of people homeless. In the capital city of Moscow, smoke from the fires has quadrupled carbon monoxide levels and seriously impaired residents’ breathing, causing hundreds to seek medical attention with flights that have been disrupted as well.

As the flames most recently moved south of Moscow, they have approached the area of the calamitous 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoygu said that if the fires keep spreading into the Bryansk region of the Chernobyl site, the radionuclide and combustible gases that had been buried underground may be released, thus forming a new dangerous pollution zone.

Experts estimate that the 1986 Chernobyl disaster caused up to half a million fatalities in and around Russia due to cancers, with other contamination effects being seen to this day.

Considered the worst nuclear accident in history, the Chernobyl event 20 years ago also influenced other countries’ policies. A referendum in Italy, for example, resulted in the shut-down of its nuclear industry at the time, while countries such as Germany and Denmark boosted efforts to develop safer sustainable energy resources like wind power.

With our sadness for the lives lost, we thank the Russian government and all the courageous firefighters for your efforts to contain the flames safely. Our prayers for the blessing of cool showers that help restore stability for residents across the land and that such disasters are averted through our harmonious, life-protecting ways.

During a 2008 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the range of environmental problems faced by humanity, highlighting at the same time practical solutions for a secure future.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Against this kind of great upheaval of calamities, the only refuge that we can take is in Heaven’s grace, by being virtuous, by being compassionate, then we can be saved.

Otherwise, even if we dig a hole into the mountain or under the ground to stay away from the sun’s heat, or we go up in the mountain to avoid the sea rising, there are other calamities that will be coming our way.

The root of our problem is that we have been unkind to our co-inhabitants And we have also been unkind to our environment. So, in order to solve the problem that we are facing right now, we have to reverse our actions. We have to be kind to our co-inhabitants. Instead of killing them, massacring them, sacrificing them, we have to take care of them.

And instead of polluting our planet, the air, we have to turn to friendly energy and sustainable energy. Just reverse our actions.

Vegetarian diet number one. Green energy number two. Everybody work together to be frugal, and protect the environment and the animals.

Millions of fish die in Bolivia’s cold

A cold wave gripping much of South America has caused areas where the average temperature is normally above 20 degrees Celsius to fall below 0 degrees. These extreme temperatures claimed dozens of human lives in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay through the month of July. Now in Bolivia, officials have announced the death of nearly 6 million fish in the eastern province of Santa Cruz, where temperatures dropped to their lowest levels in nearly 50 years.

Provincial Governor Rubén Costas stated that the loss of fish was the worst environmental disaster in half a century, noting that the aquatic animals had likely become more vulnerable due to a prolonged drought.

With the affected rivers now so polluted due to decomposing fish that residents were cautioned not to drink from them, Bolivian health officials are working to safeguard the public by supplying drinking water and medicine.

In addition, the governor has called for a ban on fishing to help species recover. We are thankful for the initiatives of Governor Costas and other officials in easing this situation as we convey our sadness for the loss of precious human and animal life.

Let us come together in unifying actions to renew sustainable living conditions for all beings. Speaking at a March 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai conveyed her concern for yet another extreme toll of climate change, mentioning at the same time the critical need for the most efficient, planet-saving measures.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Now, we even have extreme cold weather. Between October 2008 and February 2009, over 36 people in Mexico died due to extreme cold weather, with 22 of them having suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning from burning firewood and charcoal to warm themselves.

I suggest all world leaders and governments to please promote the animal-free lifestyle and quick so that we can save our planet. We have not too much time left. This is no longer even about politics. It’s about the survival of ourselves and our children. If all governments encourage people toward the healthy, animal-free diet, the planet could be saved in no time.

The government must make a priority, saving the planet, organic vegan farming, subsidize.

August 9, 2010

Significant impact of each degree global temperature rise

A recent National Research Council report revealed the environmental effect of every 1 degree Celsius increase in global average temperatures. These include up to a 10% rainfall reduction in arid regions such as southwestern North America, the Mediterranean and southern Africa, along with forest fires that would consume three times more land in the United States alone.

River basins could experience up to 10% less stream flow, and certain crop yields in the US, Africa and India would be reduced by 15% for every degree of temperature rise.

In addition, the scientists warned that because the greenhouse gas CO2 dissipates so slowly, its concentrations in the atmosphere, and thus its warming effects, would increase even with emissions kept at current levels.

Dr. Susan Solomon of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explained, "Because carbon dioxide is so long-lived in the atmosphere, it could effectively lock (the) Earth and future generations into warming not just for decades and centuries, but literally for thousands of years."

In related research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists have reported on the significant global warming effect of the greenhouse gas methane.

Updating the 2006 United Nations report, "Livestock’s Long Shadow," which estimated that livestock creates 36% of human-caused methane, US researchers calculated these numbers to be 57% higher.

As methane’s warming potential is approximately 72 times more than CO2 when averaged over 20 years, and its rate of dissipation much shorter at about 12 years, reducing levels of this greenhouse gas would have a relatively immediate cooling effect.

Thank you, Dr. Solomon, National Research Council and other scientists for helping us to become better informed of the consequences of our choices. Let us quickly heed such urgent information in making the optimal changes to ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often addressed the detrimental tolls of global warming, as during a September 2009 videoconference in South Korea in which she also confirmed the importance of methane reduction as the most efficient way to cool the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The effects of global warming are already being felt on a daily basis by the vulnerable throughout the world, the poor and the helpless already, the children in every corner of our planet.

Scientists are saying that the methane and other gases from livestock raising are responsible for more than 50% of all global warming. So if we want to stop the most contributor of all global warming, then we have to stop meat production.

The good news is that methane is shorter lived, so if we stop producing it, this gas will disappear quickly from the atmosphere, unlike carbon dioxide, which can last for thousands of years.

So there are many, many practical reasons to be veg, aside from the compassionate nature that is cultivated by preserving all life.

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.

August 7, 2010

The Dead Sea is dying

The unique water body, also the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, has attracted visitors to its shores for thousands of years where its mineral-rich waters and temperate climate are said to have therapeutic properties.

In recent decades, however, the sea level has been dropping at a rate of over a meter per year because the Jordan River, its main tributary, is being diverted along with reduced rainfall and drought further drying its waters.

Only around 2% of the Jordan River’s natural freshwater reaches the Dead Sea, where it now mixes only with wastewater diverted from fish ponds and salt springs.
Jordan and Israel have been working with the World Bank on a plan to save the Dead Sea that involves bringing water from the less-saline Red Sea; however environmentalists fear that mixing the two water body sources could be an ecological disaster.

Environmental organization Friends of the Earth Middle East has instead proposed restoring at least 30% of the Jordan River’s flow, saying that this could replenish the Dead Sea at a lower financial cost without the potentially adverse environmental consequences.

Our appreciation Friends of the Earth Middle East, World Bank, Israel and Jordan for this alert to the precarious situation as well as your efforts to find a way to save the fragile Dead Sea.

Let us all step vigorously toward the most eco-friendly solutions for the sake of both human and animal life. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often discussed how the precious resource of water could be best preserved, as in this October 2009 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan).

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We tell people to do organic farming, how to conserve rainwater, ground water, and conserve land, planting trees to attract rain, etc In the Alwar district of Rajasthan, India, one Indian village was able to guide the water enough that it brought back to life five flowing rivers - five flowing rivers - that had been dead before, been dried up before due to withdrawing too much water.

We could learn from them as well. But even these water losses pale in comparison to the incredible amount of water that is wasted for animal production. It takes approximately 4,664 liters of water to produce just one serving of beef, but an entire vegan meal can be produced with only 371 liters of water. The livestock sector is probably the world's biggest source of water pollution as well.

Water means everything to our existence. We must conserve the water; we must do everything we can. And the first step to begin is to be vegan.

August 4, 2010

Climate change to cause increasing water stress in US counties

A new report commissioned by the US National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has concluded that at current rates of water usage and global warming, some 35% of US counties could face water shortages by 2050. Dan Lashof, NRDC Climate Center Director, further explained the findings.

Dan Lashof (m): That’s more than 1,100 US counties in the lower 48 states now looking at higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as a result of global warming. The report also finds more than 400 counties facing extremely high risk for water shortages, which is a 14-fold increase.

It really is a groundbreaking report that puts together the data in a new way that has not been attempted before, by drilling down to the county level, and providing an index of the risk of water shortages due to climate change.

HOST: Using publicly available data, researchers first analyzed current water withdrawals for different sectors such as irrigation and municipal water supply, then estimated future demands if these usage patterns continue. Comparing these figures with a forecast of water availability in 2050 revealed a situation that could be severe enough to force the US to engage in long-term water rationing.

Dan Lashof (m): The reality is that we need to take action on climate change and clean energy now, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because the alternative of making painful, unplanned changes later, is not a pretty prospect to think about.

HOST: Many thanks, Director Lashof, US National Resources Defense Council and all contributing researchers for your insightful findings on the risks to water supplies imposed by climate change.

May governments and all individuals recognize the urgency of the situation and act now to protect both resources and lives from global warming.

During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai, highlighted as on many previous occasions the swift and simple measures needed to save endangered resources such as our precious water supplies.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have over six billion people in this world and the sources of groundwater for wells, which supports half of our world population, are dying, drying up.

And the top ten global river systems, drying or ebbing away. And three billion people are short of water. How many more, I don’t know, how many more of suffering people are we waiting before we take action? Please do it now! Just be veg.

Stop the meat, dairy, fish industry. Be benevolent. Create a merciful energy that will envelop our world, that will emit mercy, love, protection for us and our children on this planet. Please take action now. Very simple. Just be veg.

Scientists reaffirm that global warming is real

The recently published “State of the Climate,” with independent contributions from more than 300 researchers from 48 countries has concluded that the evidence pointing to human-caused climate change is “unmistakable,” with planetary warming that is due to greenhouse gases. Published by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the report evaluated ten key indicators of a changing climate system and found that the last decade was the warmest on record, with resulting melt of glaciers, sea ice and snow cover.

Meanwhile, sea levels, ocean heat content and temperatures of the ocean surface, air and land are all increasing. In particular, NOAA Climate Monitoring Branch Chief and report co-editor Derek Arndt conveyed alarm that the ocean has absorbed 93.4% of all the generated heat energy even at depths of 6,000 feet below the surface, pointing out that the heat will stay in the water for a long time and influence system-wide changes.

Highlighting the unanimous conclusions of the studies involved, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco stated, “The records come from many institutions worldwide. These independently produced lines of evidence all point to the same conclusion: Our planet is warming.”

Dr. Jane Lubchenco (F): The bottom line of the report, first and foremost, human induced climate change is a reality. Not only in remote polar regions and in small tropical islands but every place: in our own backyards. Climate change is happening; it’s happening now. It’s not just a problem for the future. We’re beginning to see the impacts in our daily lives.

Humans are responsible for the changes that we are seeing and our actions now will determine the extent of future change and the severity of the impacts.

Furthermore, report co-editor Arndt noted, “The temperature of 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.6 degree Celsius) over the past 50 years may seem small, but it has already altered our planet.”

We thank the hundreds of independent scientists and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for your careful work verifying the unequivocal reality of ever-worsening climate change. May such information summon our urgent and proper response in swiftly finding the most harmonious ways to co-exist with nature on our shared planetary home.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has long cautioned about these evident signals of global warming while highlighting the best solution, as in the following November 2009 videoconference in Mexico.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Some of the global warming effects that we hear about are a continued rise in the Earth’s atmospheric temperature, warming of the ocean, along with acidification, more frequent and stronger storms, prolonged droughts and intensified heat waves, soil desertification, plant and animal extinctions, and even melting of permafrost, which could trigger massive releases of more methane gas! That would be catastrophic beyond an unthinkable scale.

The rising intensity and frequency of storms comes from the warming of the ocean which changes weather patterns. Climate change is not an abstract concept at all. It is here and now, affecting our neighbors, affecting us, and more and more.

Researchers in the US concluded that eating a vegan diet for a year is more effective at cooling the planet than driving a hybrid vehicle for the same period of time.

So, the solution is very simple. We just have to turn away from the animal products. We stop eating meat, dairy, eggs, fish. If everyone does this, we will have a transformed world in no time.

August 3, 2010

Extinction expert paints bleak picture of flooded Earth due to rising seas

In an effort to raise awareness of the need for action to counter climate change, US paleontologist and best-selling science author Dr. Peter Ward of the University of Washington has taken a unique approach in his most recent book, “Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps.”

Dr. Ward, who has extensively researched previous mass extinction events on Earth, describes through a series of graphic vignettes the dangers that could befall civilization from sea levels rising as he helps readers envision their potential Earthly devastation.

He warns that at current rates of global warming, even if human-made carbon dioxide emissions were halted today, oceans would still increase a meter by 2050. In fact, over time sea levels could rise by 20 meters or more, triggering such disasters as massive emergency migrations and epidemics of tropical disease.

In one of the book’s scenarios, the city of Miami in Florida, USA is described as having become an island where fresh water must be collected in swimming pools during hurricanes and septic systems no longer function due to the overwhelming sea level rise.

Many thanks, Dr. Peter Ward, for your creative application of scientific insights to help people understand the consequences of inaction. Let us all awaken to the need for rapid action toward sustainable lifestyles to save our precious world. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often reminded of the need to protect our planet from the imbalances caused by global warming, as in the following March 2009 videoconference in California, USA.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: How can we take measures to protect, not from rising sea levels, but also all the similar consequences of global warming? See? When the sea level rises, there will be more mosquitoes and diseases.

Being vegan is our top priority because this provides the most immediate cooling through actions that can be taken by individuals because we are a big group on the planet. Carbon removal is also good and acts fairly quickly, but being veg is something that every single person in the world can do and immediately.