October 29, 2010

Further evidence of water and life on Mars

Recent analysis via satellite images of a meteorite crater near the enormous volcano Syrtis Major on the Martian surface have given scientists further indications of previous life there. US researchers Dr. Joseph Michalski of the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona, and Dr. Paul Niles of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas found that minerals buried four miles below the planet’s crust are in rich in carbonates.

This suggests an atmosphere that was once rich in carbon dioxide, which besides water and warmth is considered a building block of life. Furthermore, new images from the European Space Agency's Mars Express have shown that areas surrounding the deep Melas Chasma Canyon, which is part of a huge 4,000 kilometer-long valley, exhibit many signs of former water flow.

Among them are lighter-colored deposits of sulfate that may have come from a former lake; vast fan shapes at the valley sides, which were possibly created by multiple large landslides, and flow textures that could have been deposited by mud, water-ice or liquid water.

Thank you all scientists involved in these intriguing new discoveries that point to former life on Mars. May the further insights about our neighboring planet help us appreciate and protect all life on the verdant Earth we call home.

During a January 2009 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in Los Angeles, California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded how our understanding of the history of such places as Mars can assist us in being better stewards of our own ecosphere.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: They have discovered that Mars is all barren and uninhabitable, but they also discovered that, long ago, there was water there. Water means life supporting. What has happened to all these bodies of water?

That is a very, very important question for us. So from Mars, we can learn to prevent such disaster, that it might not ever happen to our planet.

Don’t forget that we have a very beautiful home here for us and for our children. So we have to protect this beautiful place we call Earth, because this is the home of not just us, but many other species; and the environment, beautiful flora and fauna. All we do is just be vegan. Nothing else is really important anymore. Just being vegan, you can save the planet overnight, just like that!

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October 28, 2010

Current global consumption patterns would require a second Earth

The “2010 Living Planet Report” by the World Wildlife Fund, which measures the global consumption of natural resources, has found that natural resources are currently being consumed at 1.5 times the capacity that Earth can provide.

By measuring each country’s carbon, water, and other resources, and then calculating the amounts used by an average person, the WWF found that some countries have such enormous ecological footprints that they would use the resources of six planets if everyone on Earth lived in the same manner.

Such excessive levels of consumption are placing immense pressure on natural habitats and the wildlife they support, which is reflected in a 30% decline of biodiversity across the globe since 1970 with tropical regions devastated losses of 60%.

In calculating what is known as an Ecological Footprint, the report identified human activities that use land or aquatic environments and found that livestock raising, including crops raised for feed, as well as fishing, result in immense environmental depletion.

Thus, WWF UK Chief Executive David Nussbaum urges for reductions in dietary meat consumption as a logical way to preserve both resources and biodiversity.

Many thanks, Chief Executive Nussbaum and World Wildlife Fund for this report, highlighting our urgent need to simplify for the sake of the Earth’s survival. Let us swiftly transition to the resource-sparing plant-based diet to help restore the balance of life on the planet.

Speaking with concern about the damage to our ecosphere during an interview published in the December 16, 2009 edition of The Irish Dog Journal, Supreme Master Ching Hai affirmed the critical need to stop meat consumption for the preservation of the Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The livestock sector is the single largest human use of land, and the top driving force behind rainforest destruction. The livestock industry causes a large part of the world’s soil erosion. It is a leading driver of desertification, biodiversity loss, and water waste, and water pollution – despite water becoming scarcer each day due to global warming.

Moreover, the livestock sector inefficiently drains our fossil fuel and food grain resources. In short, we throw away 12 times more grain, at least 10 times more water, and 8 times more fossil fuel energy to produce a portion of beef compared to a nutritionally similar or even greater amount of vegan food.

A major study predicts that all fished animals will be 90% gone by 2050 due to overfishing and over wasting bycatch.

Moreover, it is such an alarming picture when we think about the billions of animals killed each year for so-called food. Fifty-five billion, which is not even counting fish and other species! That is 8 times more innocent beings murdered each year than there are people on the Earth.

I pray that our world’s leaders will take swift actions to ban the destructive meat production and, instead, use subsidies for organic vegan farming which helps absorb emissions.

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October 27, 2010

Placing value on contributions of the natural world

One of the key reports at the Conference of Parties 10 (COP10) meeting in Japan came from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a three-year study supported by the United Nations and sponsored by the European Union, Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The reports generated by the TEEB study sought to highlight valued aspects of nature to help governments and organizations better appreciate and manage resources to preserve biodiversity.

The study pointed out, for example, that incomes even now for the rural less fortunate are being sustainably generated from forests and other ecosystems in developing countries.

In another example, the US state of New York was noted to save US$6.5 billion by preserving the Catskill mountain watershed to naturally purify water rather than investing in a human-made solution.

UN Environment Program (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner commented on the perspective offered by this new report, stating, “TEEB has brought to the world's attention that nature's goods and services are equal, if not far more central, to the wealth of nations.”

Achim Steiner – Executive Director, UNEP (M): Society still considers much of what biodiversity ecosystems represent to us as invisible services, as something that, because it has no easily calculable economic value, is therefore in the side, sadly, without value. And yet, all our work as scientists, as government representatives, as business actors, has been, in this context at least, to show the value to people, to societies, of biodiverse ecosystems.

And speaking of TEEB’s ability to harmonize nature and economy, Pavan Sukhdev, head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, said, “The good news is that many communities and countries are already seeing the potential of incorporating the value of nature into decision-making.”

Many thanks, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity researchers, United Nations Environment Program, and sponsoring countries for your study that brings to light the vital value of our diverse flora and fauna.

May such findings help foster the actions necessary to preserve our beautiful world and all her inhabitants.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often highlighted the need to care for the ecosphere in order to protect ourselves and the planet, as during a videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan)in July 2008.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Everyone knows by now that protecting the environment, protecting the animals, are actually protecting ourselves. So we must protect the environment.

We should have more rules, more guidelines, to protect natural habitats. Because sometimes we overlook the long run effect. Then the consequence is very, very detrimental to ourselves and to the planet, just like what we are facing right now.

People must be more aware of our dire situation and that everyone’s responsible action does help to minimize or stop global warming. We should act fast. Be veg. Go green.

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October 26, 2010

United Nations conference on biological diversity

The 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) began on October 18 in Nagoya, Japan, where delegates from about 200 countries, including governments, non-governmental organizations, business and civil society, have been discussing solutions to the urgent decline of plant and wildlife.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, we are losing species 1,000 times faster than the natural rate of extinction, with potentially devastating consequences to ecosystems. Supreme Master Television’s correspondent reports from location.

Japanese Correspondent (F): Here at the Nagoya International Congress Center in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, COP10 is the conference gathering over 15,000 people from the member countries and regions to discuss international schemes which enable the fulfillment of the purpose of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Jaydee Hanson – Center for Food Safety, USA (M): The hope is that the nations of the world will come together and find ways to both stop destroying the planet and pay for groups and countries to help save it.

Correspondent (F): Biological diversity means the interconnection of the lives and individualities. Various kinds of lives exist on Earth, and are maintained in balance by holding various differences of ecosystem, species, and genes. However, due to human-made development, overhunting and overfishing as well as human-induced disturbance of ecosystems caused by introduced species, both species and ecosystems are in danger lately.

Wakao Hanaoka – Oceans campaigner, Greenpeace (M): Marine biodiversity has especially been seriously destroyed. Why? It’s due to destructive fishing such as trawling. In particular, the issue of the marine protected areas, how we can solve marine problems, is a focal point of the COP10.

Luis Delgado Hurtado – President, Yachay Wasi (NGO with UN consultative status) (M): I think it’s really critical that we are talking about our life and not only species, because we are part of the species – human species.

VOICE: Specific goals of the summit include creating a new 20-point plan of goals for the next decade to protect biodiversity from forest and other habitat degradation as well as pollution, while raising public awareness, and ensuring the sustainable management of ecosystems.

Jaydee Hanson – Policy analyst, Center for Food Safety, USA (M): It’s really the way we farm that’s contributing to these dead zones. The soils run off, the soils contain high levels of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides that kill the ocean.

As long as we keep dumping on so much fertilizer, as long as we crowd cows together and make so much waste and crowd pigs together and make so much waste, we’re going to have dead zones.

Until we really make it a part of the agricultural work that we do – that agriculture has to preserve biodiversity – then it’s not going to happen.

Shohei Honda – Press Officer, Biodiversity on the Brink (NGO), Japan (M): I really would like COP10 to decide to formulate strong and binding post-2010 goals to enable a biodiversity loss of zero by 2020.

Correspondent (F): We greatly look forward to the success of COP10 so that all the beings will be able to live safely and peacefully as members of our ecosystem on Earth. This is Supreme Master Television reporting from Nagoya, Japan.

VOICE: To all participants, our appreciation and best wishes for a fruitful conference. May bold efforts prioritizing the root causes of biodiversity loss be quickly addressed for the planetary survival of all.

Jaydee Hanson – Policy analyst, Center for Food Safety, USA (M): I’m Jaydee Hanson from the Center for Food Safety. Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet! Long concerned about the alarming rate of species loss, Supreme Master Ching Hai has emphasized the need to act in halting one of its root causes, as during a July 2008 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan).

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Up to now, we have lost so many, not just marine life, but land species. They disappear faster than we can imagine. They suffer a lot, they die, or they completely disappear because of our careless management of the world.

And 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.

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http://www.globalissues.org/article/171/loss-of-biodiversity-and-extinctions
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/world/asia/19tokyo.html?_r=1

Freshwater flow to oceans is on the rise

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.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The US National Center for Atmospheric Research has identified warming sea surface temperatures and correlated the warmer seas with global warming. Warmer water leads to more water evaporation, giving the storms more fuel to create stronger storms which destroy some counties There are surely more terrible situations that are not checked, due to our carelessness in taking care of the environment, and the global warming resulting thereof.

You just be vegetarian, and then you ask anybody who you know to be vegetarian with you. That’s the most simple solution and the most effective to save the planet, according to scientific research, according to medical research, and according to all the religious advice.

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Dengue fever affects record numbers of people across the globe

Rising temperatures and extreme precipitation are being linked to the recent and dramatic rise of the disease, as noted by the World Health Organization, which has stated that 2.5 billion people are currently at risk.

The mosquito-borne virus, which has no effective treatment, produces flu-like symptoms with at least one strain that can be lethal.

Experts are also cautioning of climate change’s aggravating effect, as indicated by Dr. Ted Schettler, science director for the US-based Science and Environmental Health Network.

Dr. Ted Schettler – Science Director, Science & Environment Health Network (M): Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease which is also a tropical and sub-tropical disease but its range seems to be spreading, and not just because of international travel, but because a change in climate is supporting of the vector in areas where it didn’t used to be.

There was also recently reported a particularly sharp increase in dengue fever, for example, in Puerto Rico. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control just wrote about that as well, noting that this year’s outbreak is happening much earlier than it typically does and is much more severe, and so they themselves are wondering whether that change in pattern might be due to climate change.

VOICE: The highest number of reported dengue cases this year have been in Indonesia with over 80,000 as of August, followed by Thailand with nearly 78,000 by the end of September. Âu Lạc (Vietnam), Laos, Nepal,Formosa (Taiwan), southern China, and the Philippines have also noted higher numbers, with Malaysia also seeing a 53% increase in incidence this year, and India reporting the highest numbers in two decades.

In the Philippines, cases as of mid-September were already double those of 2009 with more than 500 people who have perished this year. Meanwhile, and health officials in Central American Guatemala say that the mosquitoes now live all year long, not just in winter as before. Europe has even been hit by the disease, with a first case appearing in southern France this year.

We are saddened to know of the thousands affected by this potentially deadly virus that is spreading with climate change. May our planet-cooling actions quickly replace such disturbing illnesses with ever expanding health and vitality. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often addressed the connection between global warming and disease, 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. You see 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.

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October 22, 2010

Planet heading for dangerous 2020 emission levels

Scientists have already forecast that if global average temperatures increase beyond an average of two degrees Celsius, the Earth will face catastrophic effects from climate change.

According to “Plugging the Gap,” a recent report issued by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the planet is currently warming at a rate that would result in temperatures far exceeding this two-degree limit.

The report stated, “Global greenhouse gas emissions under current policy settings could be up to nearly one-third more in 2020 than (what is) needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.” It went on to identify a series of recommended actions that would reduce emission levels to the level calculated as necessary for a temperature rise of two degrees Celsius or less. These include further emission reduction goals, especially by industrialized countries, as well as improvements in land use and forestry practices to ensure environmentally sustainable agriculture.

World Wildlife Fund, we appreciate your concern and confirmation of the urgency with which we must act to avert catastrophic climate change. May such information motivate us all toward the rapid adoption of planet-protecting measures.
During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai sent an urgent plea to world governments to do everything necessary to save their co-citizens from global disaster.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: To all the leaders, I call on them once more to put their love first for their countrymen and women, and for all the children to accept with courage the deed that must be done, to use the mighty power in their hands entrusted by people to save the world. The global livestock industry is now contributing as much to global warming as the energy sector, or even more.

And I know it contributes at least 80% of it. But if you allow me, I honestly say that what we are doing and planning now is not enough, and not fast enough and I bid you the courage and faith to do more and faster.

Lead the veg change. And please, be quick. Our days are numbered.

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China's Tianshan Heavenly Lake region bans livestock grazing to protect ecology

Starting in autumn 2010, the Tianshan Heavenly Lake region in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has prohibited livestock grazing as part of measures to protect the grassland, forests, and ecology.

Situated at 2,000 meters above sea level and listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site since 1990, the lake and surrounding peaks, also known as the Celestial Mountains, are known for their pristine natural beauty.

However, the area’s management committee explained that overgrazing in recent years has caused severe degradation of the alpine grasslands, which has in turn has set off mudslides, floods, and other natural disasters.

Research reports also showed that the most recent mudslides on June 22 this year occurred at places where livestock usually grazed. Additionally, a 2007 report indicated that the reduction of livestock from 180,000 to 80,000 over a period of four years had resulted in significant area improvements. The committee thus has expressed their hope that the ban imposed on livestock grazing will bring a restored balance of all ecosystems in the region.

Kudos, Tianshan Heavenly Lake committee and all parties involved for your pledge to preserve this legendary region. May such measures foster a growing realization of the benefits of halting all livestock-related practices in honoring a more humane and sustainable existence for all.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently emphasized the need to eliminate the animal agriculture and meat production industry for the protection of our Earth, as during a video message for a June 2009 conference in Mexico.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Overgrazing by livestock, which occupies nearly a third of our Earth’s land surface worldwide, is a major cause of desertification and other damages, and is responsible for more than 50% of land erosion.

Now, we must stop livestock grazing to protect our soil and protect our life. Therefore, it is vital that we change our lifestyle – it’s very easy to do it setting a noble example for others to follow, and do our part to bring to the public’s attention the urgent climate change issues and its solutions; the foremost being the vegan diet, to safeguard our precious planet. It is time to walk the talk, because there is not much time left now.

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Dangerous water shortages across China

In China’s northern region, which is home to 40% of the nation’s population, farmers in Chifeng city were recently forced to postpone crop harvests after 10-meter deep cracks began to appear in fields, creating risks for injury. The city’s hydrological bureau also reported that 62% of 51 area reservoirs have run dry, leaving over 250,000 people short of drinking water.

In southwestern Guizhou province, more than 600,000 people also faced water scarcity as drought conditions there have similarly left rice fields covered with cracks, while hundreds of thousands of livestock compete for dwindling water supplies. The government has been building dams to help provide adequate resources for growing populations and industry.

However, these efforts have diminished supplies reaching down-river countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, India, Thailand and Âu Lạc (Vietnam), with adverse effects to farmers there.

Meanwhile, the Chinese capital Beijing struggles to cope with increasing shortages as it hastens to complete a diversion project to deliver sufficient water to hundreds of millions of people.

According to experts at the World Bank, without drastic changes in water use, there could be tens of millions of environmental refugees appearing within the next ten years.

We are deeply concerned for the people of China and all those living downstream in the face of these growing water shortages. May we all adopt the best means of conserving this precious resource and reversing climate change to ensure the survival of all beings.

In a 2008 videoconference with our Association members in New Zealand, Supreme Master Ching Hai pointed out the significant role of livestock raising in water scarcity and urged for action to preserve both water supplies and the planet as a whole.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Of course, the changing pattern of weather is affecting everything else as well. But I think it affects more of the husbandry, the animal raising way of life.

Now, because animals raising takes a lot of water, more than even growing vegetables, so if we are short of water, then, of course, the livestock industry will become automatically minimized. And I hope it will be zero soon. Because the more they raise animals, the more water they need.

And the more water they need, the less water we even have for vegetarian food production, like growing crops and all that. So I hope everyone realizes it.

We disseminate information to let them know. That’s why we have to work hard, to help these good people. If we are working hard, and with the help of all the vegetarians, fruitarians, breatharians, waterians, all the non-meat eaters out there, if they’re all helping us, and even if the meat eaters if they are helping us also, then the planet will be saved.

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October 21, 2010

International sustainable cities conference chooses vegan fare

With delegates from nearly 1,200 urban and other governments as well as related organizations in attendance, the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability recently discussed how cities, which hold more than half the global population, could respond to climate change effects, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and disease.

R. Martin Lees – Senior Advisor to the Club of Rome, former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (M): We are approaching a number of tipping points, particularly in relation to climate change and to ocean and terrestrial ecosystems. If we pass these points, corrective action will both be immensely expensive and very probably ineffective.

VOICE: To demonstrate the importance of putting green ideas into practice, a meat-free day was also announced as part of the 3-day conference, which would promote the vegan lifestyle as an effective environmental solution.

Jeb Brugmann – Founder of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (M): We should try to have a diet that is thoughtful about its impacts on the Earth.

VOICE: In cooperation with hosting venue Songdo Convensia and the Meat Free Monday group, a gourmet vegan lunch and dinner were served along with a presentation about the nutritious low-carbon meals.

Lee Hyun-Joo – President of Meat Free Mondays, Oriental pharmacist, Vegan (F): It is the symbol of the best solution to climate change, for the health of the Earth and its residents.

Lee Hyun-Joo, Vegan (F): The fact that people all over the world can be happy by sharing such a diet together shows our alternative for the future.

Dorji Wangdi – Minister for Labor & Human Resources, Bhutan (M): [The speech] was sort of a total solution, information for us to really give up meat. (dining at table) I like this dish very much, very delicious.

Helena Molin Valdes – Deputy Director, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (F): (dining) It looks very tasty when you receive it, and secondly it also is very tasty. It’s a very important statement to make when we say that we are building eco-efficient resilient cities, which this conference is all about.

VOICE: Conference VIPs also received a related vegan information brochure, which featured the slogan originally created by Supreme Master Ching Hai stating, “Don’t give up everything 2 b WORLDSAVER JUSTBVEGAN.” Government leaders commented on how the meat-free day served as an encouragement to incorporate vegan fare into their own eco-friendly measures.

Abdul Sathar – Kurunegala Municipal Council Member, Sri Lanka (M): We also discussed in our country also, we’ll introduce this meat-free meal. It’s very nice, very delicious and good for health.

VOICE: Hats off and our appreciation, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Meat Free Monday, and all involved for your green event! May cities across the globe quickly adopt the sustainable and joyful plant-based way of living.

Jeb Brugmann – Founder of ICLEI (M): Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!

Dorji Wangdi – Minister of Labor, Bhutan (M): Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!

In a November 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai urged all world leaders to shift to the cost-effective, planet-saving vegan diet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The governments have the power to make this urgent transition to the organic vegan diet. They should ban all animal products, informing people about the facts of animal products, explaining that because it’s poisoning their co-citizens and piling up far more costs than any gains, economically and environmentally, and because it’s eating up our planet.

According to respected Dutch scientists, tens of trillions of US dollars can be saved by world governments if all the world becomes vegan. In addition, the governments of the world have the power to make the veg trend an exciting movement for everyone toward a healthier lifestyle.

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United Nations climate change agency concludes meeting

The Nobel Peace Prize winning organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), concluded its 32nd plenary session on Thursday. Supreme Master Television’s correspondent was on location to speak with the scientist delegates.

South Korean Correspondent (F): We're here in South Korea’s southern port city of Busan where the 32nd General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just ended.

The four-day meeting was attended by 400 participants including government officials, climate experts and non-governmental group members from 194 countries. There was a series of discussions about ways to respond to the urgent climate crisis as an expert group, and on suggestions to help governments cope with climate change.

Nicolas Beriot – French Ministry of Ecology, head of French delegation to IPCC (M): We see changes in temperature, we see the sea level rising every year, and we see changes in the precipitation patterns. In some countries it already has strong effects, and people really feel the consequences.

Khalid Elfadli – Libyan National Meteorological Center (M): The natural disasters, now are clear, repeated, and the frequency of such disasters, like floods, like droughts, like heat waves, repeated frequently and much more than before. So, this is clear evidence.

The IPCC’s role in the upcoming conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was also discussed.

Natallia Dankova – Belarusian delegate to IPCC (F): Now when we are going to COP 16, it is very important to have right decisions.

Dr. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele – IPCC Vice-chair (M): Thus, what the IPPC will do in Mexico in December is once again to remind that climate change and global warming are well on the way, that they are mainly caused by the emissions linked to human activities, that the consequences will be very important on a planetary scale if we continue not to make a big effort to protect the climate, and that the solutions are at hand, that it is possible to reduce greenhouse gases, CO2, methane, nitrous oxide emissions, and that this is not so difficult and not so expensive.

VOICE: Supreme Master Television asked IPCC delegates to share their views on the climate change solution of eliminating livestock production.

Dr. José Romero – Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (M): Yes, it is recognized that the production of meat entails certainly much more emissions than if we were to consider the equivalent of proteins or other nutrients from a pure vegetarian point of view.

Dr. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele – IPCC Vice-chair (M): There are various solutions which are mentioned in the IPPC report. If we consume less animal foods, we will necessarily decrease methane gas emissions which are linked to their consumption.

Correspondent (F): This has been a report from Supreme Master Television in Busan, South Korea.

VOICE: We salute the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientists and other government officials and delegates working to advance the study and solutions to climate change.

We pray that leaders will join in suggesting effective mitigation measures, of which the most successful would be a shift to the low-carbon organic vegan diet and food production.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently called upon government leaders and their co-citizens to act urgently to stop the increasing global warming disasters, as during a September 2009 videoconference in South Korea.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I urge the government leaders, because our time is running out, we have to act on this now. Please explain to your co-citizens this important truth and tell them we must work together to become animal-free consumers.

We have a very short time to save our planet. We have a great planet to save. We have a great precious treasure - that is, our children - to save. the government and the people have nothing to lose by being vegan. For the environment, the absence of livestock will bring about much less pollution and less waste of water and food resources.

For the citizens, there are perfectly nutritious, delicious alternatives to animal products nowadays. And the vegan diet is also the best for our children.

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October 19, 2010

First marine census indicates vast ocean biodiversity

A ten-year census of the world’s oceans involving some 2,700 scientists, more than 540 expeditions and around 9,000 days at sea has concluded. The results reveal that the oceans hold far more forms of life than previously realized, with nearly 250,000 species now identified and up to 750,000 thought to be still undiscovered.

At the same time, scientists Boris Worm and Heike Lotze of Canada’s Dalhousie University discovered from their evaluation of historical records that marine species on average have declined by an astounding 90% since record-keeping began.

Senior Census scientist Ron O’Dor remarked that all marine life used by humans is in danger of extinction, even the new and as yet undiscovered species. Calling for a shift in human attitude that would include halting consumption of these valued creations, Dr. O’Dor said, “These species are running out, and we need a reversal of attitudes in the 21st Century. …If we leave them alone, they could come back.”

Drs. Worm, Lotze, O’Dor, all scientists and sponsors of this comprehensive study, we earnestly appreciate your efforts to account for the vast and treasured life in our oceans.

Let us join in showing respect for these fellow co-inhabitants, upon whose lives we also depend, for the Earth’s sustainable future. Speaking of the vast wonders of the seas during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the need for humanity’s gentler stewardship to safeguard irreplaceable marine ecosystems and ultimately, our planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The marine ecosystem is in big trouble right now from global warming already. Further fishing will only make matters worse. Also, mercury poisoning causes problems to aquatic life even before it gets to the humans.

These are things we need to address in trying to save our planet, not to talk about our health also. Eating fish will definitely not help this.

The ocean is a wonderful recycler that normally can purify the water and create nutrients and turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, etc. The ocean is a miracle. But if we ruin the ecosystems, this will spell disaster for us.

It’s better for our body, for our conscience, for our mind, and for the planet to stay away from fish. We should be vegan.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2010/10/03/Bounty-of-new-species-found-in-oceans/UPI-12141286129503/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/worlds-first-ever-gobal-marine-life-census/story-fn3dxity-1225933802258

British media highlight threats to biodiversity

In advance of the upcoming United Nations Conference of Parties 10 (COP10) on biodiversity in Japan, the United Kingdom-based international news service Reuters and British newspaper The Guardian have each published a series of articles highlighting the dire global situation of diminishing biodiversity.

To assist government leaders in making recommendations that will help ensure the planet’s survival, The Guardian launched a “Biodiversity 100” campaign, in which it sought to gather 100 suggestions from readers and scientists.

Reuters contributed by summarizing threats to remind the public of the severity of the situation, including the fact that the extinction rate for plants and animals is 1,000 times faster than at other times in the history of the planet, and that the world’s top 3,000 listed companies will create the equivalent of US$2 trillion in environmental damage this year.

Many thanks, Reuters and The Guardian as well as the United Nations for your combined efforts to remind and receive feedback from the public regarding the consequences of failing to care for the environment. May such efforts as yours galvanize global action toward all necessary actions to preserve our planet.

During an interview published in the September 2009 edition of the British Parliament's The House Magazine, Supreme Master Ching Hai also emphasized the urgent need for humanity’s sustainable, eco-conscious actions for the protection of the Earth and all her inhabitants.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: No matter how small, each species has a role to help balance our ecosystem, scientifically proven. And yet, consumption of both fish and animal flesh continue and are wreaking havoc on biodiversity around the globe.

In the oceans and fresh waterways, so many species of fish have already been lost, with complete aquatic environments such as coral reefs being decimated by such practices as trawling and fishing with explosives.

The answer to all of this is quite clear. Stop the meat consumption. Stop it yesterday. This will allow biodiversity to be replenished. This is the way we need to go, and fast.

http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFSGE68R0AP20100928
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/04/back-biodiversity-100-save-wildlife

October 18, 2010

Warming water in deep Antarctic Ocean contributing to sea level rise

With an estimated 80% of greenhouse gases emitted over the past several decades having been absorbed by the oceans, their waters have become warmer in the process. In a new analysis, US-based researchers at University of Washington and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) found that even the deepest and coldest ocean waters are now registering their absorption of the warmth, with the steepest temperature rises occurring around the southern pole of Antarctica.

Temperatures recorded at depths below 1,000 meters over the past 20 years revealed that increases are small due to the vastness of the seas, which translates to an enormous capacity for energy storage.

In fact, if the heat currently being poured into the deep ocean were to stay in the atmosphere instead, our ambient temperature would rise at a rate of 3 degrees Celsius per decade.

The scientists warn, however, about these warming waters’ adverse effects. Along with the disturbance to marine ecosystems, they are contributing to sea level rise in two ways: about half coming through the expansion of water as it warms, and the other half through the melt of freshwater ice from the Antarctic continent into the ocean.

Our appreciation for this new information on deep ocean warming, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration and University of Washington researchers. We share in the sincere hope that such evidence leads to rapid actions to reverse these far-reaching environmental consequences.

In an interview published in the July 12, 2009 edition of the Irish Sunday Independent, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed her concern about the outcomes of rising ocean temperatures and urged for humanity’s necessary counter-measures.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: A group of scientists from the International Alliance of Research Universities just published findings saying that the rate of sea level rise and oceanic warming are both substantially higher than what the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, estimated just a couple of years ago.

I sat in the seaside of one of the very big, famous city and nation – rich, prosperous, prestigious seaside. And suddenly it dawned into my head, questioning, "My God, 4 years later, will this city still exist?" And I just shook my head, I don’t want to see any vision about it.

It is better we concentrate on the solution to save the Earth. We can still do it. If everyone becomes part of the solution, which is the organic life-saving vegan diet.

But if we do not act now to spare life and offer our kindness, the course of the Earth will follow some of the most dire predictions already made by scientists, in terms of immense sea level rise, poisonous gas release, and massive extinctions that, of course, could include us humans.

So, let us all act now to ensure the future that we want, and the one we want for our children. That is Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet.

http://www.livescience.com/environment/global-warming-southern-ocean-sea-level-rise-100920.html
http://www.physorg.com/news204290167.html
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100920_oceanwarming.html

Argentine glaciers melting

Argentina’s glaciers, which are among the most extensive in South America, have been observed to be diminishing over the 20-year period from 1984 to 2004. Some, such as the Upsala glacier, the second largest in South America, have been disappearing at a rate of 200 meters per year.

Glaciologist Dr. Ricardo Villalba, director of the Argentine Institute of Snow and Glacier Research and Environmental Sciences (IANIGLA) stated that climate change is the primary cause for glacial retreat, with secondary causes being activities such as mining and the petroleum industry.

In response to the persistent urging of IANIGLA and various environmental groups, the Argentine Congress recently passed a law to help preserve the glaciers from human endeavors that might place them in further jeopardy, especially mining. Many thanks, Dr. Villalba and colleagues and Argentine government for your concerned advocacy and protective actions.

May everyone swiftly adopt sustainable living practices that restore climate balance for all beings in the world. During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the disappearing ice while warming of the global warming-induced predicaments facing humanity, while reminding of the most effective solution.

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.

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.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ips/a240f4bc75513bb9575296a73b492b5f.htm
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52889

October 15, 2010

UN final preparatory climate change conference held in China

With 3,000 representatives from 176 countries present, the fourth and final round of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings concluded in Tianjin, China on October 9. With a draft decision text agreed upon that will be submitted to the upcoming Cancun, Mexico summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres noted that the delegates had been able to produce some measurable results in areas such as long-term finances to cope with climate change.

Moreover, hosted country China’s chief climate change negotiator, Sue Wei, stated that the talks were successful in bringing views closer together and improving the understanding among parties.

Chinese correspondent (F): This is South Lake International Club, Tianjin, China. The latest working meeting of UNFCCC is taking place right across the street. Here, over 40 non-governmental organizations organized a series of activities, starting from Sept 30 to Oct 10, themed “Green China – Race to the Future.”

The participants include nation-wide organizations, like Friends of Nature and Green River, as well as international groups like the Greenpeace.

Li Yan - Climate & Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace China (F): We hope that we urge that negotiators at the Tianjin session and beyond to Cancun can get the sense of urgency and get the willingness of people, and then make concrete progress and have a concrete outcome in Cancun.

VOICE: Concerned groups also expressed their support of a plant-based diet solution to climate change.

Green Earth Volunteers, China (M): Yes, I feel that the meat industry makes a great contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and that’s something to be worried about.

Li Yan (F): If we can see more people showing the willingness of the vegetarian community, in their transport, in their diet, in their power usage, that will send a very strong signal to the decision makers, policy makers, as well.

Correspondent (F): Supreme Master Television, Tianjin, China.

VOICE: We thank the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, all delegates and concerned groups for your participation at this meeting. May such continued conscientious efforts bring about the critical measures needed to save the planet, especially through the adoption of the humane and eco-friendly animal-free lifestyle.

Speaking during a 2009 climate change videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai warned of the urgent predicament that the globe faces while asking that all leaders take the necessary initiatives to halt climate change.

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.

In an effort to save populations of wild Atlantic salmon threatened by global warming, fisheries in northern Scotland, UK are establishing protected environments to help the fish survive through certain critical phases and then release them back to the rivers.

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/39Farms39-plan-to-save-threatened.6562474.jp

October 14, 2010

Ground water being depleted at an accelerating rate

A new study from the Netherlands underscores the urgency of water as a global issue. Professor Marc Bierkens and a team at Utrecht University evaluated groundwater as a source and found that its depletion rate has more than doubled between 1960 and 2000, with aquifers losing almost 70 cubic miles of water per year.

For most aquifers, such an extraction rate far exceeds their ability to replenish. With total groundwater quantities being unknown, scientists are unable to say exactly when the global supply would be exhausted.

However, the matter could be critical in countries like the United States, where groundwater supplies 95% of the country’s needs resource. In the Midwest, for example, the 800-mile long Ogallala aquifer provides eight Midwestern states with drinking water and irrigates one-fifth of the nation’s farmlands.

Yet it is being drained at a rate that some experts say will cause it to run dry in as little as 25 years. Moreover, the researchers found that 70 to 80% of the water is being used by agriculture, with much of it consumed through the production of foods or other items.

According to the Stockholm International Water Institute, the most significant use of agricultural water is through meat production, with animal-based diets consuming vastly more than their vegetarian counterparts. Experts have also found meat consumption to be one of the major causes of global warming.

In an interview with Supreme Master Television, British Member of Parliament Mr. Virendra Sharma highlighted the need to adjust our diet to address climate change and improve public health.

Supreme Master TV: Meat production uses much more water than growing vegetables. Do you think lifestyle changes like eating less meat are important to saving energy and water?

Virendra Sharma – Member of Parliament, United Kingdom (M): For both points: Health first, that it is important as there’s scientific proof, all the health experts, all the specialists, all the campaigning bodies also indicate that it is true that veganism can help in reducing the health diseases. I do firmly believe in that and I support that. And I feel it that yes, eating less meat will help in reducing the carbon footprints, reducing use of water.

VOICE: We thank Professor Bierkens and colleagues at Utrecht University for highlighting the urgent depletion of precious ground water supplies, and Parliament Member Sharma for reaffirming the value of the plant-based diet for conserving resources as well as our own well-being. May we act swiftly and wisely to ensure a safe, plentiful future for humans and animals alike.

Virendra Sharma (M): Hi, I am Virendra Sharma, Member of Parliament for Ealing Southall, United Kingdom. You are watching Supreme Master Television. Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often explained why a meat-free diet is a priority today in protecting the Earth’s drinking water supplies, 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.

http://news.discovery.com/earth/groundwater-aquifers-agriculture-irrigation.html
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/09/groundwater-overuse-hitting-all-time-highs-future-supplies-hitting-lows.php
http://www.wateronline.com/article.mvc/Groundwater-Depletion-Rate-Accelerating-0001?VNETCOOKIE=NO

October 13, 2010

Genetically modified crops leach insecticide into the environment

Researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York, USA have detected the presence of a protein with insecticidal properties in a significant number of the 217 streams tested in the corn belt region of the American Midwest.

Genetically modified corn contains a gene from a certain bacteria, which is inserted into the plant, making it toxic to a type of beetle that eats corn. This gene produces the insecticidal protein that the scientist found at a quarter of the sites tested.

Once the corn has been harvested the stalks remain in the fields, and the decomposing plant material is washed into streams. Study spokeswoman and aquatic ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall affirmed, “Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically-modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies.”

Other researchers have pointed out that the local runoff eventually drains into regions with wider impact such as the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, which in turn flows into the sea. Researchers, we thank you for this important work showing the unnatural risks inherent in genetically modified organisms.

May humans strive instead to live in harmony with nature for an abundant and sustainable future. During a March 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed audience concerns regarding genetically modified food, pointing out a lasting way to stop the need for such detrimental production practices.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Genetically modified food is not very good for health. We don't need that. If we don't raise animals, we have enough food, extra for everybody. Even to feed freely to the hungry people, free of charge.

And still have 1 billion portions left over. The more we use chemicals and pesticides, the worse the soil becomes. That is the problem. And the more we use,the more our health will be at risk, and the more the rivers and oceans will be depleted of oxygen, the more dead zones will be created andthe less food we have and the shorter our life span.

So, the more we use organic natural farming methods the more food we have, the healthier we become and the healthier the soil will become. And from then on, the soil will recover and then we will have more and more abundance of food.

So, organic vegan farming is good for everything and good for us, and good for the farmers to have a new job, good for our health, good for the planet.

http://www.physorg.com/news204819190.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/gm-maize-has-polluted-rivers-across-the-united-states-2091300.html

October 12, 2010

Deadly tropical disease arrives in northern USA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a warning to medical experts across the country to be on the lookout for the deadly and contagious Cryptoccocus gattii fungal infection.

At least 60 people in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US have already been diagnosed with the disease, which affects the lungs and nervous system and can take up to a year for symptoms to emerge. As it normally occurs in warmer climates such as Australia and southern regions of Asia and Africa, Dr. Ted Schettler, science director for the US-based Science and Environmental Health Network, explained that Cryptoccocal gattii’s presence in the northern US is an indicator of climate change affecting us now.

Dr. Ted Schettler – Science Director, Science & Environment Health Network (M): It has typically been thought to be confined primarily to tropical and sub-tropical regions.

So, its emergence in the Pacific Northwest of the United States is a bit unusual. And so my reaction to this report is that this could be a signal of infectious disease appearing in a new area precisely because of climate change.

VOICE: Dr. Schettler stated that although the current number of people infected is small, the illness is very dangerous, with fatalities in 33% of the cases. Meanwhile, other, more widespread diseases are also spreading due to rising global temperatures.

Dr. Ted Schettler (M): Many scientists have pointed out that we will see infectious diseases emerging in new areas as the climate changes and the ecology that will support certain infectious agents’ changes as well.
So we’ll see malaria showing up in new places, we’ll see dengue fever showing up in new places, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising that we would see fungal diseases showing up in new places as well.

So many people think that climate change is something that we start to worry about in 25 or 50 or 100 years. So we are seeing the effects of climate change right now, in various places of the world and this may be just one other manifestation of it.

VOICE: Our thanks US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for alerting the medical community to the threat of Cryptococcus gattii in colder climes, and to Dr. Schettler for helping us understand this data on disease in the context of climate change.

May we quickly recognize the increasing risks caused by an unbalanced climate and act to protect our families’ health and the planet. During a 2008 videoconference with our Association members in Washington, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai cautioned about the spread of disease as a consequence of climate change, urging for everyone’s swift response to save the Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: And some places may have more mental illness, and all kind of other illnesses, and diseases go where they have not been before even. Like mosquitoes, they migrate into different areas where they have not been before because the climate is warmer.

So it depends on how many people join the vegetarian diet. The more vegetarian people, the less killing of the animals, the more time we have to rescue the planet and the lives on the planet.

So everybody has to join into the vegetarian diet, and stop the killing, stop the harm to other people and the animals and save energies every way possible and go green wherever possible. THEN WE STILL CAN SAVE THE PLANET

http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2010/07/disease-spread
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20100917/hl_ac
/6803456_whooping_cough_epidemic_not_only_illness_outbreak_in_united_states

October 11, 2010

Arctic ice region further diminished

According to scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Arctic sea ice is now measures at its third smallest area on record due to global warming.

Their report stated, “This is only the third time in the satellite record that ice extent has fallen below five million square kilometers, and all those occurrences have been within the past four years.” NSIDC Director Dr. Mark Serreze said, “The Arctic, like the globe as a whole, is warming up and warming up quickly, and we're starting to see the sea ice respond to that. Really, in all months, the sea ice cover is shrinking - there's an overall downward trend. The extent of Arctic ice is dropping …very quickly.”

The NSIDC report estimated that ice on the northern pole could be entirely gone by September 2030.

We thank Dr. Serreze and all scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center for this further cautioning of the continued melt of Arctic sea ice.

Let us step in unison toward immediate actions that reverse this process and restore climate balance.

Speaking during a November 2009 videoconference in USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the alarming disappearance of polar ice, while reminding of humanity’s ability to provide the most efficient solution.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: In the Arctic, North Pole, so much ice has already melted that scientists are forecasting an ice-free summer within as little as 3-6 years, which would be the first time in one million years - first time in one million years!

I pray day and night that the divine manifest in the physical realm and wake up the leaders of our nations, wake up the religious heads, wake up everybody in time so that they understand the urgency of our situation, and that they understand the solution of solving this dangerous crisis that is facing us.

That is, we have to turn back to our caring and compassionate nature inside our heart.

Being vegan worldwide is the advancement of compassion that will create a harmonious Eden on Earth.

http://www.france24.com/en/20100915-arctic-sea-ice-shrinks-third-lowest-area-record
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/arctic-sea-ice-area-shrinks-worryingly-20100916-15cwy.html
http://www.adn.com/2010/09/15/1455799/arctic-sea-ice-retreats-to-third.html
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1916778/aqua_satellite_provides_snapshot_of_sea_ice/
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/sep2010/2010-09-14-01.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jy7uN4TzemYC9hiobHAtkXzWi7ng

The world's rivers are in crisis

According to a new study by US researchers Professor Peter McIntyre of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and City College of New York modeler Charles Vörösmarty, river systems and the lives they support are in a “crisis state” on a global scale. This analysis for the first time evaluated the world’s major rivers based on two main criteria: the stability of water supplies and the preservation of biodiversity.

Overall, the scientists found that water supplies for nearly 80% of the world’s populations are highly threatened, with over 30 of the 47 largest rivers in the world facing at least moderate jeopardy in terms of water security. Fourteen of these 47, or nearly a third, are also under very high threat of biodiversity loss. This is due in part projects such as dams, which have secured water supplies for humans but have also placed thousands of plant and animal species in danger.

To their surprise, the scientists also found that rivers in the developed world are among the most highly threatened. Moreover, the researchers stated that their findings were likely conservative, as this study did not account for pollution effects from activities such as mining, or contaminants affecting wildlife such as increasing levels of pharmaceutical substances in the water.

However, the scientists plan to use the analytical framework of the report to present the information more specifically to decision makers and provide them with recommendations for improvingthis potentially life-threatening situation.

We are grateful for this study, Drs. McIntyre and Vörösmarty, with its insights on the major water security problems we are facing in virtually every part of the planet.

May our urgent counter actions restore our precious rivers so that all beings depending on them may survive. During a July 2009 international seminar with our Association members, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed deep concern regarding the spreading water crisis while identifying a way that both this and other environmental problems could be addressed.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Oh my God, many countries in the world are short of water. In India and China, even America, many places became short of water. Basic necessity only. Why? Because they use up all the water from the river to divert it into big farms, factories, like animal farm factories. They have to use a lot of water to give the animals to drink. And then, use water to grow the crops for the animals to eat. And when they kill the animals, or before they kill the animals they have to use water to clean their pens every day and wash it down into the stream.

There was enough water for all of us, plus over for everyone! We began this industry of meat diet, then everything got worse – more shortage of any kind, more temperature rise, and more suffering, more disasters, more hunger, more war.

So I don’t know why people don’t just become all vegetarian?

http://www.physorg.com/news204985121.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100929-river-crisis-worsens-threat-water-scarcity-study

Oil-covered penguins rescued in Argentina.



During their annual migration as they traveled thousands of miles from Brazil, 141 Magellan penguins were discovered coated with oil off Argentina’s southern Patagonian coast.

Although some were 80% covered with oil, and 11 that sadly had succumbed to poisoning from the contamination, the remaining birds are being cleaned and cared for by rescue workers at an emergency clinic in Chubut province,to prepare them for their release back into nature.

Although officials have not found the oil’s source, Chubut provincial Governor Mario Das Neves pledged to locate those responsible. Magellan penguins, which reside exclusively in South America, are considered a threatened species, primarily because of oil spills as well as climate change, which is causing them to have to travel farther for food.

Although it saddens us to know of those who perished, we are thankful for the lifesaving efforts of the Argentine rescue personnel and for Governor Mario Das Neves’ concern. As we realize more and more the precious gifts bestowed through these creations of the Divine, may we all strive to ensure the safety of their lives and homes as we would our own.

During a July 2008 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the effects of humanity’s actions with regard to other beings, highlighting our need to preserve the balance of all life.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Indeed it’s a sad news as some companies or individuals are not responsible because they do not perceive the impact of their actions and the consequences on the environment if they are careless.

So many marine species have suffered, decreased, or completely been wiped out of existence, due to such other’s and careless actions. Oil spills and all that, garbage disposal and all that is harming the environment and killing the wilds a lot.

So I suggest that stricter rules must be imposed to protect the sea, the water, which is our life, which is also our protector in terms of balancing our ecosystems and sustains our planetary equilibrium, and sustains our lives.

We’ve been warned from all sides. It is time that we take heed now and return to our natural loving self. Manifest our love outwardly by protecting, respecting all lives, in action. Meaning again: being a vegetarian, abstain from all animals products.

http://www.france24.com/en/20100915-efforts-underway-save-oil-soaked-penguins-Argentina
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/photo/2010-09/17/c_13516929_2.htm
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/oilsoaked-penguins-poisoned-20100916-15cx5.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20100916-292532/Efforts-underway-to-save-oil-soaked-penguins-in-Argentina

October 9, 2010

Amazon suffers drought conditions in Brazil

The country’s Geological Service reports that the Amazon River, the world’s longest at almost 7,000 kilometers, has shrunk to its lowest level in nearly half a century, with the waterway in the city of Manaus a significant four meters below its average depth of 23 meters.

Final data to be released later in October is expected to confirm that the current drought is the worst Brazil has experienced since 1963. Seven remote communities, normally accessible only by water, have now become isolated as their tributary disappeared.

Brazilian Geological Service, we appreciate this information, despite its disturbing implications for brethren in Brazil and throughout the world. We pray for swift actions that restore the majestic Amazon and protect all lives on the planet. During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared her concern about the rapidly diminishing waterways that threaten our survival, while urging for the most immediate solution.

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.

http://www.france24.com/en/20100916-drought-shrinks-amazon-river-lowest-level-47-years

October 8, 2010

Call to honor the Earth from the Kogi people

As human impacts on the climate have worsened in recent decades, the Kogi indigenous people of Colombia stepped out of their centuries of reclusive and self-contained living in the coastal mountains and began to share a message of warning: that the destructive ways of humankind must stop before it is too late.

Toward this goal, they allowed the 1992 filming of the BBC documentary, “From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning.” Its release, nearly two decades ago now, revealed the Kogi’s keen early awareness of climate change and the course that could lead to irreversible environmental catastrophe.

Most recently, the leaders or shamans of the Kogi society, known as Mamos, sent an official representative to the United Kingdom to collaborate once more with British filmmaker Alan Ereira, this time in an effort to actively spread their message.

In a live internet webcast with spiritual media group EsoGuru, Mamos representative Mr. Jacinto Zarabata shared about the Kogi Mamos’ spiritual way of life and how they have been seeing disasters occurring in the rest of the world.

Interviewer (M): So, they know about things like the eruption of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico from their dreams and through thoughts?

Jacinto Zrabata – Representative of the Kogi Mamos (M): Sure, yes, they immediately some of them say “Something is happening elsewhere.” Then they immediately act and do their spiritual work.

VOICE: In an interview with Supreme Master Television in the United Kingdom, Mr. Zarabata explained the cause for the planet’s imbalance.

Jacinto Zrabata (M): It is because we are not following the norms and laws that Mother Earth has, and that is why she herself begins to charge us, to charge us with our lives, so tempests appear, hurricanes, earthquakes.

VOICE: The Kogi Mamos, who often follow a meat-free diet in order to better connect with nature, are concerned about the current mass killing of our animal co-inhabitants.

Jacinto Zarabata (M): It is something wicked that we are doing for instance to animals. We would not like, let´s say, that someone kills your brother; you don’t like him to be killed.

Then it is the same. All species that exist in nature, like animals, birds, so many things, they have to be respected, like we want to be respected.

VOICE: We are grateful to Mr. Zarabata and the Kogi Mamos for their urgent concern for humankind at this dire time. May we heed such caring counsel through actions to save our planet and live harmoniously among humans and animals alike.

During a 2008 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the physical and spiritual cause of the environmental problems faced by humanity while highlighting their proper countermeasure.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: 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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/27/kogi-warn-the-west
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/films.php?id=5013

Coral reefs found suffering in Kuwait and the Philippines



A comprehensive survey completed recently by the Kuwait Diving Team along 50 miles of Persian Gulf coastline in the United Arab Emirates found that 90% of the reefs off the emirate’s shores have been affected by bleaching.

The condition, which results in the loss of the reefs’ brightly colored algae and leaves just the white skeleton behind, is known to be aggravated by higher temperatures, and the region’s waters this year were noted to have risen to 35 degrees Celsius.

Diving team lead Walid Al-Fadhel, said that he and fellow team mates are involved in awareness raising campaigns as well as calling for officials to help halt further damage.

A similar study conducted in the Philippines this summer discovered wide-spread bleaching of corals there that has left 95% perished. This is the worst event of reef bleaching in Philippine history, surpassing the last disaster of 1998 which was the hottest year on record until now.

Thomas Goreau, president of Global Reef Alliance, a non-governmental organization based inCambridge, Massachusetts, USA said that reefs worldwide have similarly suffered massive losses. stating He stated, “This year is certainly the hottest year in history. This is a result of global warming.” He went on to say that coral reefs in Bahrain, Qatar and other emirates as well as Iran have all likely undergone a similar change but have not yet been reported.

We are saddened to know of such widespread marine decline, and wish to thank the Kuwait Diving Team, as well as Philippine divers and concerned organizations such as the Global Reef Alliance Mr. Goreau for your work in sharing these discoveries. May we all work hand in hand to halt such damage and renew the balance and beauty of our eco-sphere.

Expressing concern for the deteriorating health of the coral reefs during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai urged for humanity’s conscientious actions to restore the stability of the marine ecosystem and all the life that it supports.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The coral reef is a protector of our lives, of the sea. Right now it is endangered. Also, When we stop vacuuming all the poor fish out of the sea, they will have a chance to restore the balance in the oceans.

We desperately need the fish in the sea to balance the ocean; otherwise our lives will be in danger. The scientists also observed that when the ocean is healthy again, even the dead coral reefs will revive themselves.

But in order to witness nature’s recovery, we must not let our current way of life continue. The vegan solution is the fastest and most effective.

http://www.english.globalarabnetwork.com/201009197300/Science-Health/kuwait-losses-90-of-corals-reefs-in-the-arab-gulf.html
http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0923-fidenci_coralbleach.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3353985/One-third-of-fish-caught-worldwide-used-as-animal-feed.html
http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2112
http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100922/FOREIGN/709219863/1140

October 7, 2010

Plant species being lost to human activities

A study recently completed by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, United Kingdom, together with colleagues at the Natural History Museum in London and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has revealed that about 22% of plant species, or one in five throughout the world, are in jeopardy.

The report, “Sampled Red List Index for Plants,” evaluated 7,000 plant species considered representative of the 380,000 species thought to exist in the world. Along with the alarming indication of loss, the threat to the plants’ existence was found to originate overwhelmingly from human activities such as deforestation, agriculture and livestock grazing.

The survey’s findings will be presented at next month’s United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan, where the scientists will be recommending that new goals with limits be placed on biodiversity loss.

Royal Botanic Gardens Director Stephen Hopper stated, “We cannot sit back and watch plant species disappear – plants are the basis of all life on Earth, providing clean air,water, food and fuel.

All animal and bird life depends on them, and so do we.” Many thanks, Director Hopper and other participating researchers at Royal Botanic Gardens, Natural History Museum in London and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature for your extensive work that reveals the alarming loss of precious plant life on our planet.

May we act quickly in showing our care for these vital contributors to life on Earth, to ensure their survival and our own. The need for gentler stewardship of our fragile ecosphere is a message that has frequently been emphasized by Supreme Master Ching Hai, as in the following excerpt from an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We should all remember that we share this planetary abode, the water, the air, the resources, the food, all of nature, we share only. We should not be possessive of nature. So, the best thing we can do for all the animals is to stop causing suffering to them, stop killing them, stop eating them, stop damaging all our habitats. Stop damaging our environment. Be veg, go green and save their planet too, the planet of the animals.

It restores the balance of our oceans and forests and preserves our finite natural resources. This is truly the best way to restore our environment and ensure the highest degree of peace.
Such a simple solution – being veg - that’s it.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20100929-294956/One-fifth-of-worlds-plants-threatened-by-extinctionstudy
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/09/28/plant.extinction.threat.study/index.html?hpt=C1
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1316095/1-5-worlds-plants-threatened-extinction-snowdrop.html

Study shows human impact on deep sea floor



Researchers from the National Oceanography Center in Southampton, UK for the first time have analyzed humans’ physical footprint on the ocean sea floor of the Northeast Atlantic Ocean.

Their study concluded that the human activity with the greatest physical impact is bottom trawling fishing. Other human activities considered were munitions and chemical dumping, scientific research, telecommunications cables, and oil and gas drilling.

After mapping and estimating the spatial extent of each activity’s impact on the sea floor, it was found that non-fisheries scientific research had a relatively small footprint, whereas fisheries-related research, oil and gas activities and cable laying had a moderate effect.

Bottom trawling by the fishing industry, however, caused by far the most devastation, with its spatial extent estimated to be at least ten times that of the other intentional activities, and a physical footprint more extensive than all other activities combined.

Our thanks, research team at the UK’s National Oceanography Center for this wake-up call to the damaging effects of bottom trawling fishing.

Let us swiftly halt all such harmful actions that are impacting the oceans and work toward repairing our planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently addressed the growing emergency state of the seas due to fishing practices, as in an interview published in the September 2009 edition of the British Parliament's The House Magazine.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we do end the killing of fish in the spirit of showing respect for all created life, the fish will rebound very quickly. But the continuation of fishing activities could damage the balance of marine life beyond its ability to recover.

Analysis by British researchers of hundreds of years of fishing records has revealed to us the devastating effects of trawling to both the marine environment and sea life.

One scientist compared this method to harvesting apples by lowering a giant net and dragging it through the orchard, thus destroying the trees, destroying the very life that supports the fruit.

Please, request the media’s help in spreading info about the detriments of trawling and the dire state of fish populations today. Another extremely effective practice would be to stop eating fish and advocate the same for all citizens.

http://www.physorg.com/news203684995.html
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/09/human-impacts-on-deep-sea-floor-measured-for-first-time.php
http://planetsave.com/2010/09/15/massive-human-impact-on-the-deep-seafloor/