January 31, 2011

Extensive glacier melt to continue due to global warming.

Published online by the journal Nature Geoscience, a study of more than 300 glaciers over a 40-year period by geophysicists at the University of Alaska in the USA has led to their forecast that mountain glaciers will shrink on average up to 27% by century's end.

Some glacial regions such as in New Zealand could lose up to 79% of their volume, while the European Alps could be diminished by an alarming 90%. The loss of these and other glacial areas across the globe would be devastating to the hundreds of millions, even billions of people, who depend on them for fresh water.

In a second study, the same researchers showed through simulation that even if all carbon dioxide emissions were halted, the warming effect of atmospheric CO2 would continue for centuries, raising global temperatures beyond an already-dangerous 3.4 degrees Celsius increase.

The resulting warming of seas such as the Southern Ocean could also trigger widespread collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which in turn would raise sea levels by an estimated 5 to 7 meters, with obviously devastating effects.

Our appreciation University of Alaska scientists for these findings that remind us of our precarious situation due to global warming. Let us work to cool the atmosphere and preserve the Earth's vital ice caps for the survival of all lives on the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often spoken about the troubled state of the glaciers and the key to stopping their disappearance as during a November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Glaciers across the globe are shrinking more quickly than researchers ever expected, leaving rivers and lakes gone, disappearing or drying, with no water for crops and billions who face food shortages due to water shortages, as well.

In the state of Montana, the famous glaciers of Glacier National Park are now expected to disappear within a decade.

You may ask, what is the main cause of this damage and destruction to the environment? It's methane, which is produced primarily by the livestock industry.

NASA announced that methane actually contributes much more to global warming than previously understood and it traps 100 times the atmospheric heat over 20 years. And the largest source of methane is? You know - livestock.

So, to solve this, we do need to move quickly, and of course we know what to do, right? Yes?
Be vegan.


January 28, 2011

Key species and habitats jeopardized by climate change

Issued by the US-based Endangered Species Coalition, the report, “It's Getting Hot Out There: Top 10 Places to Save for Endangered Species in a Warming World,” describes ecosystems that are already under threat due to climate change.

Based on data from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which states that up to 30% of all species face increased risk of extinction with a 3 degree Celsius rise in temperature, the report outlines vulnerabilities while urging the US government for greater protection of natural habitats. Top among the ten jeopardized ecosystems is the Arctic Sea region, noted to be warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with dwindling habitats for polar bears, Pacific walrus and at least six species of seals.

Other ecosystems on the list include the Sierra Mountains in California, USA where 30 native species of amphibians, including the yellow-legged frog, are known to be at risk, and the Greater Everglades of the southern USA, home to 67 threatened and endangered species, including the beloved herbivorous marine mammal, the manatee.

Commenting on the imminent perils to animals and Earth as seen through these locations, Endangered Species Coalition Executive Director Leda Huta stated, “Climate change is no longer a distant threat on the horizon. It has arrived and is threatening ecosystems that we all depend upon, and our endangered species are particularly vulnerable. If we are serious about saving endangered species from global warming, then these are the places to start.”

Thank you, Executive Director Huta and Endangered Species Coalition for identifying these key areas that need our attention now.

Let us all join in immediate actions to protect our planet and her precious inhabitants. As part of her tireless efforts to protect all the irreplaceable beings on Earth, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the vital role of humanity's care for our animal co-inhabitants during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The animal friends are in many ways more aware of climate change than we are because they are the ones on the frontlines holding up nature's delicate web of life. They are also, sadly, the first-hand victims of global warming, as we have witnessed and discovered.

They are in our hands, the humans' hands. And the essential change that will be the most restorative for our world is to be vegan. That is the essence of what we need to stabilize the planet, to bless the world through our everyday benevolent actions, meaning be vegan.


January 27, 2011

Account from scientists calculates methane emissions from freshwater sediments

An international team of researchers for the first time have estimated the methane gas being emitted by fresh water areas such as lakes and rivers. The study, recently published in the journal Science, showed that these emissions reduce the net absorption of greenhouse gases by land ecosystems such as forests by at least 25%.

According to lead author Professor David Baskvilken from Linköping University in Sweden, whereas small methane emissions from fresh water bodies occur continuously, abrupt larger emissions may also occur that are difficult to measure. Team member Dr. John Downing of Iowa State University in the USA stated, “The bottom line is that we have uncovered an important accounting error in the global carbon budget. Acre for acre, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are many times more active in carbon processing than seas or land surfaces, so they need to be included.”

Meanwhile, numerous other surveys have found plumes of methane escaping from sea floor sediments beneath the Arctic Ocean and other underwater regions. Although cold temperatures and high pressure have kept the methane in a frozen state for centuries past, recent destabilization due to human-caused global warming could eventually trigger a widespread release of the potent greenhouse gas at a rate of 16,000 tons per year.

Research oceanographer Dr. Tony Koslow from the University of California San Diego, USA explained.
Tony Koslow - Research oceanographer - University of California San Diego, USA (M): If the sea temperatures increase sufficiently, that would lead to the release of these methane clathrates, these frozen methane in the deep sea. And once that process starts it would just snowball.

VOICE: Oceanographers also forecast that such a release would generate too many methane-consuming microbes, creating an imbalance as they consume the water's dissolved oxygen and generate carbon dioxide. The resulting oxygen depletion and acidification of the oceans would disrupt ecosystems and form dead zones, which in turn would undermine a vital oxygen source for the entire planet. Dr. Koslow points to a major marine mass extinction event in the past.

Tony Koslow (M): One of the real concerns is that about 55 million years ago, the best available evidence is that much of the methane that was trapped in the deep ocean was released very suddenly in geological terms, and this led to a huge warming. And it actually led to the extinction of much of the life in the oceans.

When paleoecologists discovered this, only within about the last 10, 20 years it's really changed people's perspective on how climate change can happen; very, very rapidly and how it can happen through the release of this frozen methane. The key is that we really have to contain global climate change.

VOICE: Our appreciation, international scientists for informing us of the potentially catastrophic impacts of unleashing underwater methane. May we act swiftly together to mitigate global warming so that the biosphere and planet may be preserved.

During an international gathering with our Association members in February 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the release of methane and its link to global warming, urging for the simple way to halt it.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: You see, the gases are fuming from the ocean and from the land that's been deforested. It's fuming everywhere. It's just that at the moment, it's not so intense. But it'll be more and more intense if we don't do something.

Everybody knows by now, from the UN Report that meat eating, animal raising, it's one of the worst factors, or even the worst factor of global warming. And nobody talks about it.

What is so difficult, to put down one piece of meat, and replace it with one piece of tofu. Which is exactly the same, better nutrition. Better for your health. More economized.


January 26, 2011

Floods and fires set to worsen in Australia and worldwide

As intense flooding continues to spread across the southern continent, the death toll has climbed to 30 with tens of thousands of people still unable to return to their homes and damage to crops that could exceed AUS$1 billion.

With other globally reported calamities such as the 2010 fires in Russia and Pakistan's devastating floods, as well as more recent extreme flooding in Brazil, where fatalities have reached 700 and 15,000 are thus far rendered homeless, discussions have become more frequent on the disasters' links of to climate change.

In an interview with Supreme Master Television, Dr. Matthew England of the University of New South Wales' Climate Change Research Center highlighted the recent calamity in Australia as an example of how warming due to greenhouse gases is adversely energizing the atmosphere-ocean system to produce extreme weather patterns on a global scale.

Dr. Matthew England - University of New South Wales' Climate Change Research Center, Australia (M): For these Queensland rains, the events themselves can be linked to the La Niña, but the intensity is unlikely to have reached where it has reached without global warming. People will remember the bush fires in Victoria only a couple years ago. A very senior weather expert in Australia said that is a climate change event - categorically.

That was an event that caused untold damage, again lives were lost, whole towns were burnt down. We've always had bush fires in Australia, we've always had floods; these events are familiar to us. But it's the progression of these events, it's the increased number of extreme events, the increased severity of bush fires in the subtropics, very heavy rain events in the tropics. And we're seeing this not just in Australia, we're seeing this occur globally.

VOICE: Expressing his sense of duty to alert the public about these and other such troubling findings on climate change impacts, Dr. England urged for investing in mitigating measures before we must pay in lives and larger damages.

Dr. Matthew England (M): I hold some sort of fear, in some sense, that the problem's going to get much deeper before we solve it. It's good to see people fighting on after these events and rebuilding their lives, and that's a very important thing to do, but we need to also think about how we can change our emissions of greenhouse gases, because that will see the number of these events not ramp up at such a rapid rate.

VOICE: Our appreciation, Dr. England for pointing to this truly alarming reality of increasing devastation already being faced by people in Australia and across the globe. With prayers for the disaster-affected, especially those who have lost loved ones, may governments and citizens join in striving for the shared goal of halting global warming through wise, rapid actions.

During a 2008 videoconference in Australia with our Association members, Supreme Master Ching Hai cautioned, as she has long been doing, that climate change-related disasters could intensify to a point of no return, unless humankind switches to a planet-protecting lifestyle.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The world is not completely destroyed yet quickly, but the disaster still continues. It's just that it's not the point of no return yet.

At the point of no return that would be rolling downhill then. No change can be taken place anymore.

As more vegetarian people join in and a little bit of saving from the planetary environmental protection, we earn more than that now already. But we cannot keep extending forever. Because even as we are extending our deadline to change the problem of the planet, the planet will also continue to take its course with the disaster that is coming.

Let's hope we will change the course of the disaster. Not only in Australia that we will avoid disaster, but everywhere in the world.


January 25, 2011

Black carbon reductions cool the environment

Regulations designed to improve public health and reduce smog by reducing air pollution from trucks burning diesel fuel in the US state of California have been found to have an additional side benefit.

Over the past two decades, these measures also resulted in a 50% reduction in black carbon, a potent climate change agent generated from diesel fuel combustion and agricultural or other biomass burning. As a result, organizations like the Arctic Council and the Climate Institute have been focusing on the further reduction of this substance to bring about more rapid planetary cooling.

Scientists and policy makers in the past have been concerned that reducing black carbon would also diminish other aerosols, whose presence has actually been attributed to a cooling effect. However, in this California study, Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography calculated that the reduction of black carbon resulted in a significant cooling effects for both the region's heat and water supplies.

Moreover, according to World Preservation Foundation Senior Scientist Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, one of the leading sources of black carbon is the deforestation that occurs to clear agricultural land, 70% of which is used for livestock raising.

California Resource Board, Dr. Ramanathan and Dr. Bisshop, many thanks for helping us understand the role of black carbon in climate change. May we each act to reduce this and other potent greenhouse gas sources for their Earth balancing benefit to all lives.

Speaking during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the changes needed to most effectively reduce planet-warming substances such as black carbon.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Now, methane and black carbon are what scientists call short-lived gases, meaning, although they are very potent climate warmers, they dissipate and exit the atmosphere very quickly.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said that the livestock industry is the major cause of the most pressing world problems, namely, global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

With no animal breeding industries, we immediately stop the number one cause of greenhouse gas emissions. Not just CO2, not just carbon dioxide, but also methane, nitrous oxide, black carbon from burning down the trees for the livestock, and also toxic gases like hydrogen sulfide.

If the world's people all become vegans, we will see a dramatic change in a short period of time, a couple of months, yes.

These changes would be just the beginning signs of a real Eden on Earth.


Latin American eco-atlas reveals pressures of climate change

With data gathered from 33 countries, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report, “Latin America and the Caribbean Atlas of our Changing Environment,” outlines the many environmental tolls facing the region due to climate change.

Described through more than 200 satellite images, maps, tables, graphs and text, the atlas comprises three parts: one that explores original diverse ecosystems and species, another documenting current climate issues, and finally, an analysis of 65 specific cases.

Environmental impacts such as high levels of deforestation can be seen in images of Brazil, Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, and Bolivia. Of even greater concern is the fact that many of the lands are not being cleared for human food but instead are being tilled for crops used in animal feed, industry, and fuel.

Other noted climate effects across the continent include an increase in natural disasters, accelerated glacier melt and land degradation such as soil and coastal erosion, as well as desertification that currently affects more than 600 million hectares in the region.

Among the recommendations made by UNEP are sustainable programs to help halt the adverse direction and restore ecosystems. We appreciate the United Nations Environment Program for these comprehensive observations, despite our alarm at their detrimental effect on the environment.

Let us quickly heed such meaningful scientific data and act now to restore balance to our planet. Speaking with concern of climate change's perilous consequences during a November 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai at the same time emphasized the best way to safeguard the environment and all life therein.

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. Mexico and your neighboring nations have already suffered from some of these effects.

“How is livestock production connected to these damaging effects?” you will ask. There are so many ways that I'm sure I don't have enough time to tell all of them.

These include deforestation; soil erosion and desertification; excessive use of precious resources; land and water waste and pollution; and animal, plant and human disease or disappearance.

So, the solution is very simple. We just have to turn away from the animal products. We stop eating meat, dairy, eggs, fish.

Then everything will improve, life will be easier, and we can rest knowing that our children will have a future to look forward to.


January 23, 2011

Canadian researchers predict eliminating CO2 today won't halt climate change

Using computer modeling, researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Victoria in Canada evaluated the effects on the environment if carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were reduced to zero by 2010 and by 2100, and predicted the results going out to the year 3000.

To the researchers' surprise, the modeling indicated that climate change will continue warming the atmosphere for a long time even without any further emissions. As a result, disasters are inevitable, including a 30% drying out of parts of North Africa.

In addition, the heat's spread could raise deep ocean temperatures by as much as 5 degrees, causing the eventual collapse of the massive Western Antarctic ice sheet and a consequent several-meter sea level rise.

University of Calgary geography Professor Shawn Marshall stated, “Even if we change behavior and totally change society, we're still in store for a lot of bad scenarios.” However, he pointed out that despite the long-term effect of present-day CO2 emissions, it is still necessary to mitigate them, and that by doing so some of the damaging effects, such as Arctic sea ice loss, could be slowed or even reversed.

The study reinforces other research, such as that done by Dr. David Archer at the University of Chicago, USA, which finds that because CO2 has such a long atmospheric lifetime, those reductions alone will not succeed in reversing climate change.

As a result, a small but growing number of climate experts and organizations such as the Climate Institute and the Arctic Council are calling for policies to focus on reducing methane, ground level ozone and black carbon, all of which dissipate from the atmosphere much more quickly.

Professor Marshall, Dr. Archer and colleagues, we appreciate your work in further revealing the complexities of climate change and the threats we face even with a complete elimination of CO2 today. We look forward to humanity's adoption of fast-acting solutions to save lives and our Earth.

During a March 2009 videoconference in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained another factor besides carbon dioxide in global warming that could help to cool the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Climate scientists are telling us more and more that if we reduce livestock industry, we'd reduce methane. And that is the most immediate way to cool the planet, because CO2 from fossil fuel may take tens of thousands of years, to leave the atmosphere and cool the planet, according to the research.

But methane hotter than CO2, and dissipate on average over 10 years or 20 years. The latest report from IPCC scientist Dr. Kirk Smith in the USA said that methane could be 60 to100 times hotter than CO2, averaged over 20 years.

So, if methane is reduced, the warming will be reduced immediately.

So, the way we reduce the methane is by reducing animal agriculture. We have to change to a vegetarian diet, animal-free diet.


January 21, 2011

2010 the second worst year for natural disasters

The world's top reinsurers, Switzerland-based Swiss Re and Germany's Munich Re, recently released a report on the human and economic losses of 2010.

At 950 recorded natural disasters last year, 2010 was the second most devastating year since 1980. In terms of human lives, 295,000 people perished in natural calamities, a stark contrast to the previous year, when 15,000 succumbed.

In terms of financial cost, Chile's massive earthquake in February was the most expensive disaster of 2010, with losses totaling around US$30 billion. Combined with Haiti's calamitous quake in January, these two disasters were among the five worst in 2010, which also included the quake in central China, the heat wave across Russia and widespread floods in Pakistan.

The worldwide economic loss in 2010 of US$222 billion from natural disasters was more than triple that of 2009. Munich Re's report read: “The high number of weather-related natural catastrophes and record temperatures both globally and in different regions of the world provide further indications of advancing climate change.”

Climate Expert Prof. Peter Höppe - Head of Geo Risks Research at Munich RE: Seen on a global level, 2010 most probably has been the warmest year since we have started records 130 years ago. The cold weather which we have seen November and December in Europe and at the US east coast is no contradiction to these developments and no contradiction to global warming at all. To sum up, the year 2010 has been a year with many and high losses caused by natural catastrophes.

Moreover, these losses occurred in predominantly in developing countries, identified as being the most vulnerable and dependent on financial aid both to recover and prepare for future climate change impacts. Their predicament was described in a recent study by World Bank lead environmental economist Mr. Sergio Margulis.

Sergio Margulis - Lead environmental economist, World Bank (M): If countries need to adapt, what would it cost if the world is going on a two-degree trajectory? In this case, our estimates are between US$70-100 billion per year between now and 2050. It's a lot of money every year. We want to avoid if we can; we shouldn't play with this and make things worse.

VOICE: We thank Munich Re, Swiss Re, Mr. Margulis and the World Bank for your research quantifying the harrowing tolls of climate change, especially in terms of precious human lives. May this help to awaken everyone to the need to protect one another, our animal co-inhabitants, and our shared planetary environment.

Addressing the high costs of climate change- induced devastations during an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai highlighted the number one action needed to safeguard all beings on Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Even though the problems of the environment are many, they all come from more or less one single source. That is the meat industry.

Recently, for example, a study conducted in the Netherlands found that the estimated total cost to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a level where the Earth would still be habitable, that total cost was estimated as US$40 trillion.

If all the people became vegan on this planet, the cost would reduce to 8 trillion dollars only to save the planet.

With savings like the one just mentioned, we could invest in other life-improving measures, such as ensuring adequate food and shelter, education for more people in the world, and more people would automatically have food if everyone goes vegan.

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Climate change likely behind intense Australian floods

Although no single event can be attributed to climate change, scientists believe the intensity of the prolonged rains and flooding endured by residents of the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales are indicative of the types of events that are linked to global warming.

Meteorologists have already noted that flooding is more severe this year because the cyclical La Niña effect, which already results in more seasonal rain. Then there is the aggravating effect of global warming itself, as explained by Dr. Matthew England of the University of New South Wales' Climate Change Research Center, who stated, “The waters off Australia are the warmest ever measured, and those waters provide moisture to the atmosphere for the Queensland and northern Australia monsoon.”

In addition, scientists state it is possible that the warmer temperatures may be further fueling the La Niña effect, especially as it has already been noted that this year is bringing what could be the strongest La Niña in recorded history.

As observed by University of Melbourne's Earth Sciences expert Professor David Karoly, “Australia has been known for more than a hundred years as a land of droughts and flooding rains, but what climate change means is Australia becomes a land of more droughts and worse flooding rains."

Our appreciation, Drs. Karoly and England for helping us to understand how climate change creates conditions that are increasingly devastating and dangerous. May we quickly choose wiser ways of living so that the climate will return to being more conducive to human and planetary survival.

As in an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often expressed concern about climate change-related disasters on a global scale, reminding of humanity's ability to diminish or even halt them.

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.

Now, thanks to the millions of people who have become vegetarian or vegan recently, already some of the disasters that were already at our doorstep were mitigated or, in some cases, even dissolved completely. But you see, even so, we must still continue to spread the urgent message.

I want to plead with everybody, with everyone in power, with every media agency, every reporter, everyone that has power, everyone that has some power, everyone who is ordinary citizens, please be veg to save our planet.

We have to stop the cause of global warming and the cause of destruction to our planet - that is the meat industry.

If we do not heed the scientists' warning and all the evidence and become veg, then more disaster will keep on coming, and one may be worse than another. Maybe we will not be able to cope.


January 20, 2011

The rising effects of climate change on public health

In “The Coming Health Crisis,” an article published in “The Scientist,” Samuel S. Myers, MD and Aaron Bernstein, MD of Harvard Medical School in the USA discuss the effects on humans of what they call direct and indirect climate change.

Direct effects, which the authors say are more quantifiable, include the spread of infectious disease, along with increasing heat stress and air pollution effects such as heat stroke and respiratory illness. Indirect effects, which include water and food insecurities along with the forced migration of climate refugees, the authors cite as being even more problematic since they pose the greatest challenge to public health.

Drs. Myers and Bernstein note that although the exact effects may not be known, humanity should still strive to minimize adverse health impacts. Their report states, “With evidence that climate change is already imposing a hefty health burden, the future climate, particularly if greenhouse-gas releases into the atmosphere go unabated, portends health crises for hundreds of millions of people. Rather than be used as a rationale for inaction, the uncertainty inherent in climate science should serve as an organizing principle for adaptation to its ill effects.”

They suggest such adaptations as developing new crop strains for better food security as well as significantly increasing water storage capacity in areas where supplies are unstable.

Our appreciation, Drs. Myers and Bernstein, for raising awareness about the need to protect public health in the face of potentially devastating climate change. Let us act now in seeking more sustainable lifestyles to avoid such harmful outcomes and restore the Earth's natural balance.

During a November 2010 video message presented at a climate change conference in the United Kingdom, Supreme Master Ching Hai made an urgent plea for action on behalf of humanity and indeed, all the vulnerable beings on the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I'm afraid the reality now is already too urgent. Scientists say that water security for about 80% of the world's people is threatened due to drying and polluted river systems, shrinking glaciers from South America to the Himalayas, and groundwater levels that fall lower and lower each year. In 2009, for the first time, the number of people suffering from hunger exceeded 1 billion, while disasters threatened the food security of many more.

So please consider what is really at stake now, what is really our foremost, urgent priority at the present time. It's not just political reputation or economy - it's the lives, real lives, of all inhabitants on Earth: humans, animals, plants, trees, etc.

An organic vegan diet would immensely improve the quality of our lives; spiritually also. It can curb the water and food crises and restore nature's life-support systems. It also happens to be the most rapid, cost-effective, and the only feasible climate solution, one that every nation can easily implement.


Concerns mount about climate change-driven diseases

Experts have noted that global warming is causing the spread of such infectious diseases as malaria and cholera into Asian and African regions where they had previously never been seen. Unfortunately, many countries lack the necessary infrastructure to respond to these worsening threats, as explained by Kenyan meteorologist Dr. Samuel Marigi in confirming the troubling cases in his country.

Dr. Samuel O. Marigi - Meteorologist, Kenyan Meteorological Department, UN IPCC delegate (M): What we have found is that diseases like malaria, which used to affect low-lying areas near the lake, have actually moved to higher grounds, which never used to be affected. And the people who are living in higher grounds have not developed any immune systems to fight the malaria. So, many people are actually suffering from the disease and many are dying, because of low immunity.

VOICE: This rising incidence of global warming-related disease has also become a priority concern in Western developed countries, as explained by Mr. José Romero, the National Focal point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

José Romero - National Focal Point to UNFCCC, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland (M): I come from Switzerland and in Europe, we have now more and more tropical diseases that are imported, probably also because there is much tourism and traveling. But a concern is that if the temperature rises in Europe, then we will have even more tropical diseases like chikungunya or dengue.

VOICE: In the United States, officials have identified spreading diseases as one of the top four climate change-related security threats, expressing their concern about an overall lack of preparedness to respond to disease outbreaks. Noting that mosquito-borne dengue fever reappeared in 2009 after a 75-year absence, the previously rare West Nile virus is also now present in 44 of 50 US states.

Our thanks, Dr. Marigi, Mr. Romero, and all governments working to assess risk and help residents cope with the challenge of climate-related illnesses. Let us join in concerted efforts to stem the loss of health and lives as well as to save the planet. During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai noted the climate-related health concerns already occurring in that country, speaking at the same time of the chance we each have to reverse the conditions of global warming altogether.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Mosquito causing dengue fever are also being seen for the first time in Piura, as they spread to new areas due to climate change.

But we have the chance to change all that now, because we know what we need to change. We know that the vegan diet is the only way, the fastest way. It's the only way to cool and save the planet.

It is up to us, all of us, to decide whether or not we should save our planet, save our family, save our children.

A vegan diet, free of animal products, and even better organic vegan - these are the keys to human and planetary survival.


Antarctic melting due to rising heat from deep oceans

In an analysis ocean temperature data spanning several decades, oceanographer Dr. Doug Martinson of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, USA discovered that the vast ice cap of Antarctica is actually melting from below due to heat that is now rising from deep ocean waters.

According to Dr. Martinson, these water temperatures have risen most steeply since 1960, with corresponding increases in the undermining of sea ice, along with warmer air temperatures, retreat of 87% of alpine glaciers, and extinction of entire Adelie penguin colonies.

To Dr. Martinson's surprise, however, further analysis revealed that this temperature rise is occurring not just in Antarctica, but in ocean waters worldwide. Dr. Martinson stated, “When I saw that, my jaw just dropped.” The other implication of this data is that even if emissions are reduced, the waters will continue releasing heat for some years to come.

As Dr. Martinson observed, “There's the potential that we're locked into long-term sea level rise for a long time.” The information also sheds new light on other regions such as Antarctica's Pine Island Ice Shelf, which previously was thought to be disintegrating due to summer melt water. Now that the cause is known to be the up welling of deep sea water, factors such as wind could influence how quickly this and other ice shelves may disappear.

We appreciate your research, Dr. Martinson and colleagues at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, showing how human-caused global warming is disturbing the fragile balance of the Antarctic and other sea locations worldwide. May our prompt actions and effective solutions help restore the balance to protect all life on Earth.

During a November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the possible larger-than-expected ice melts in Antarctica and elsewhere, while highlighting the need for action at the root level.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The West Antarctic Ice Shelf is also melting, with 3.3 meter sea level rises forecast that would threaten cities like your country, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. And if all of Antarctica and Greenland were to melt - meaning the ice - then the sea levels could rise to as much as 70 meters, which would be deadly or disastrous to most lives on Earth.

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 uplift and unify all cultures. and create a harmonious Eden on Earth.


January 18, 2011

Unique South African penguin faces perilous future

As the only species of penguin to originate in Africa, populations of the species have declined by 95% since pre-industrial times, with numbers that continue to plummet. Climate change and fishing are among the greatest threats to the approximately 80,000 that remain. Also known as the Black-footed penguin, this species' vulnerability was placed in further jeopardy by a massive oil spill in the year 2000.

A swift outpouring of international help at that time was credited with saving nearly 40,000 birds that were either rescued from oil contamination or evacuated to safety. However, the Black-footed penguin's numbers have continued to go down, and biologists at the California Academy of Sciences in the USA are now coordinating with zoos throughout North America to maintain populations there, in the hope of re-introducing them to the wild once their natural habitat stabilizes.

Speaking of the need to address both global warming and fishing practices, biologist Brooke Weinstein of the California Academy of Sciences stated, “I don't think it is too late, but I do think it's really imperative that people make the kind of changes that we need to make, because no one wants a world without penguins.”

Our thanks, Ms. Weinstein, California Academy of Sciences, and all who are working with love and dedication to save the South African penguin. Let us all join by choosing the life-saving plant-based diet, which lightens the human footprint on our planet and allows other species to thrive.

With deep concern for the plight of our animal co-inhabitants, Supreme Master Ching Hai during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand urged humanity, as on many previous occasions, toward greater consideration to ensure the welfare of all beings on Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It's a very sad thing because our animal friends are suffering terribly due to the effects of global warming. Many of the animals are dying or at the brink of extinction or already gone due to unbearable temperatures or they are being forced out of their habitats, just like human climate refugees, except they are not nearly as equipped as we are at adapting to new environments.

To ensure the peace and comfort of all our animal co-inhabitants, we really should first cease to consume them, any animals at all.

Then, the wild areas and habitats will be restored as will be the animals' natural lives. That's the best way to protect them, to show our love to them.


January 17, 2011

Warming oceans lead to growth of poisonous algae

Rising temperatures in ocean waters caused by climate change are causing increased growth of a marine algae that make a substance called ciguatoxins. As fish ingest the algae, they accumulate more and more of these toxins, which in turn become poisonous to people who eat the flesh of the toxic fish.

Ciguatoxins cannot be removed by either cooking or freezing, and their poisoning effect is often difficult to detect because there are no diagnostic tests. There is also no treatment, and even small amounts of ciguatoxin can cause illness, with reactions ranging from nausea and vomiting, to neurological symptoms. A three-year project to monitor ciguatera illness is currently being conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to assess its relationship with the changing environment.

Dr. Glenn Morris, principal investigator of the project at the University of Florida, USA said, “It is important that we understand the potential impact of climate change, and rising sea surface temperatures, on the occurrence of this disease.”

Dr. Morris (e): We really want to know about what's going on globally, because that's the way in which we can best prevent disease from coming here into the United States.

Dr. Morris and University of Florida colleagues as well as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we appreciate your concerned efforts to document this dangerous fish-borne disease and its link to global warming. May we all turn to the protective plant-based diet to protect our own wellbeing and halt these and other devastating effects of climate change.

During a March 2009 videoconference in the USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the marine ecosystem's fragile balance, highlighting the need to eliminate meat consumption to renew the balance of life in the ocean and for all Earth's inhabitants.

As the ocean becomes warmer and warmer and more acidic, more toxins are present in the water. The whales and dolphins are thus being driven from the ocean as conditions worsen; it is suffocating them. Being vegan is our top priority because this provides the most immediate cooling through actions that can be taken by individuals. The main factor that contributes to our global warming right now is methane, and methane comes from livestock raising.

So if we cut methane, the planet cools down quick.


January 13, 2011

China's Shandong province suffers drought

Having received just 9 millimeters of rain in the past three months and with no precipitation forecast for the near future, Shandong officials reported that the province is enduring the worst drought in 50 years.

Some 240,000 people in the eastern province are currently short of drinking water, with 338 small reservoirs dry and about 1.84 million hectares of cropland affected. Nearly 15% of the area's vital wheat crops are already damaged. In the worst-hit city of Linyi, which has not seen such dry conditions for more than 125 years, only 5.8 millimeters of rain has fallen since September, 94% less than last year's average.

To alleviate the situation, the regional government is tapping underground water supplies and is also transporting water to severely drought-hit areas. This year has seen extreme dry conditions plague six provinces in China's southwest and east, with average rainfall for another northern province, Shanxi, currently down 89%.

Our thankfulness, Shandong provincial officials, for your efforts to bring relief to those affected. We pray that all humans act swiftly in the sustainable ways needed to restore harmony with nature on our planet.

Highlighting this increasingly dire situation, Supreme Master Ching Hai during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand emphasized the urgent need for measures that would ensure the preservation of precious resources on Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: There are one billion people hungry already because of climate change, and short of water and food. One billion already!

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 take action now. Very simple. Just be veg.

The global livestock industry is now contributing almost about as much to global warming as the energy sector, or even more. And I know it contributes at least 80% of it. Meat production is depleting people's water, damaging their health, pushing them to war and breeding new deadly disease each day.

Everything is not as efficient as being veg. Just be vegan. Please be vegan.


January 12, 2011

Climate change affecting India's famed Assam tea

While the high hills and normally abundant rainfall in northeastern Assam state create an ideal environment for the region's distinctive tea, scientists have noted a 20% decrease in rainfall and a full one degree temperature rise over the past 60 years.

According to the Tea Board of India, tea yields have also decreased, from 512,000 tons in 2007 to just 445,000 in 2009. Furthermore, these decreases have occurred despite the addition of new areas for planting as well as entirely new tea gardens.

Dr. Mridul Hazarika, director of Tocklai Tea Research, the world's oldest tea research station, stated, “This is an indication of the seriousness of the threat.”

Dr. Hazarika, Tocklai Tea Research, Tea Board of India, and growers, we appreciate this alert to the disturbing changes experienced by Assam growers. May your insightful information help bring developments that assist the region while governments and individuals alike act urgently to reverse climate change.

Addressing the issue of unpredictable weather conditions and their effect on harvests during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai highlighted the most sustainable practice needed to ensure the restoration of environmental stability.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: 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.

If you're a farmer, you already can feel that the climate is in trouble. There are more frequent droughts, heat waves, floods, storms, frosts, freezes, and locusts than before.

If the world becomes vegan as a group, we can remedy the disasters that affect us globally.

The planet will begin repairing itself in astonishing ways that scientists would be surprised. For example, the ice will stop melting and return to the way it was, green life will appear again, the oceans will be healed as the rainfall and temperature begin to regulate themselves again, produce restored balance.


January 11, 2011

Record high temperatures threatening Greenland's ice sheets

During a five-month summer expedition to the region, Dr. Alun Hubbard and a team of 15 researchers from Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities in the United Kingdom used a variety of earthquake-measuring techniques to evaluate the thickness, speed of thinning, atmospheric temperature and other information about the Greenland ice sheet.

Greenland melt is considered the second highest cause of sea level rise after Antarctica, with a combined potential of raising global sea levels by seven meters if all were to melt into the ocean.

Scientists such as oceanographer Dr. Igor Belkin of the University of Rhode Island, USA confirm that this phenomenon is already happening.

Dr. Igor Belkin - Oceanographer, University of Rhode Island, USA (M): As a consequence of Greenland melt, the sea level is rising. So Greenland melt is a major contributor to the sea level rise, which has global consequences especially to those countries that are not very high above sea level.

VOICE: Based on an analysis of their recent five-months of data collection, Dr. Hubbard concluded that the ice sheet's future is grim, with extensive retreating and thinning after a year of extreme temperatures highs.

Meanwhile, Dr. Belkin explained some of the factors involved in the rapid receding of Greenland.

Dr. Igor Belkin (M): Over the last half-a-century or less, the average air temperature around Greenland increased by about two degrees Centigrade, and that's a lot. Now, we also have ocean circulation around Greenland. Such currents are East Greenland current, West Greenland current, etc.

They go around Greenland and they affect glaciers, especially glaciers that come down to the sea. We have warm Irminger Current that carries warm waters to Greenland, and this current it warms these tidal water glaciers, warms from below, increasing basal melt.

VOICE: Our appreciation, Dr. Belkin, Dr. Hubbard and colleagues, for alerting us to the critical situation of the Greenland ice sheets and their threat to global sea level rise. May research such as yours help speed our efforts to halt these and other adverse effects of climate change.

During an October 2009 videoconference in Germany, Supreme Master Ching Hai urged for the most certain way to stop such alarming conditions as the Greenland ice sheet melt.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The vast ice beneath Greenland is also melting even faster than previously predicted. Many researchers are saying that at the rate of current warming, there is almost no way for our world to stay within the limits of a 2 degree Celsius temperature rise, which is the maximum that will still ensure the safety of most life on the planet.

But even though our predicament is very grave, we do still have time if we act now. And the solution is still very simple.

It's the vegan diet - no animal products. No more killing, no more torturing, no more even experimenting with animals, no more raising animals for meat or any other purposes, except to protect, love, and take care of the animals.


Heavy oils and tar sands create more emissions

As the world's reservoirs of light crude oil dwindle, petroleum exploration and development in the US has been placing greater emphasis on finding and processing so-called “unconventional” oil stocks, such as tar sands and heavy oils.

However, extracting and refining these sources generates up to 39% more greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Greg Karras of the US-based Communities for a Better Environment warns of the consequences of methods such as tar sand extraction. He stated, “While we talk about the need to transition to more sustainable forms of energy, actual dollar investments are increasingly skewed towards investing in more pollution-intensive — more energy-intensive — primary sources of petroleum.”

Thank you, Mr. Karras and Communities for a Better Environment, for highlighting the increasing environmental and climate costs of fossil fuel-based energy sources. Let us all work more diligently toward implementing truly carbon-neutral technologies in all aspects of our lives.

During an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai, as on previous occasions, addressed our need for cleaner energy as part of a larger priority solution for global warming.

But if we are frugal and use less on materials, we can decrease some of our reliance on energy sources and reduce somewhat our greenhouse gas emissions.

But as mentioned earlier, being vegan is the most frugal and the key to a more secure and stable world. With a halt to livestock raising, we will stop producing enormous amounts of methane, a gas which is 72 times more potent in heat trapping qualities than CO2.

I think we should encourage people to be vegan and we will see so much new inventions in time, new technologies that are beneficial and safe for our world. Right now, vegan is the solution. Everything else we can discuss later when we are still alive.


January 10, 2011

Rivers releasing potent greenhouse gas

A new US study reveals that global waterways are releasing three times previously estimated levels of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas that has 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide is also the leading cause of ozone layer destruction.

After evaluating 72 rivers across the United States, lead author Dr. Jake Beaulieu of the University of Notre Dame stated that at least 10% of global nitrous oxide is being released from rivers and streams. Analysis by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that runoff from animal agriculture manure as well as chemical fertilizers are primary sources of nitrogen.

The nitrogen then makes its way into river systems, where microbes convert it into nitrous oxide. Dr. Beaulieu stated, “Changes in agricultural and land-use practices that result in less nitrogen being delivered to streams would reduce nitrous oxide emissions from river networks.”

Dr. Beaulieu and associates at University of Notre Dame, many thanks for your insightful research. Let us all make the most planet-cooling choices to support the balance of our Earth.

Speaking during an interview published in the December 16, 2009 edition of The Irish Dog Journal, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the need to protect both our waterways and the climate by halting the highly-polluting animal agriculture industry.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Your country's Environmental Protection Agency reported that one of the top contributors to water pollution is agricultural run-off, which is the discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus. A huge portion of nitrates, for example, comes from animal manure. In fact, the Agency further expressed concern because of the presence of the highly deadly E. coli bacteria in the groundwater, due to agricultural runoff.

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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Climate change forces lifestyle changes for farmers

In rural communities across the world, rural growers are suffering from the effects of climate change, even though many are unaware of the severity and global nature of the problem.

In Mexico's Mayan community of Tabi, for instance, the village of 400 people have relied on their farming traditions for 2,500 years, based on precisely predictable weather. However, in the past 15 years, crop yield loss of up to 60% has been noted due to the altered climate, which has presented itself through such extremes as record droughts alternated by unprecedented heavy downpours, as well as both oppressive temperatures and chilling colds.

To survive, Tabi residents are having to adapt by learning new farming practices as well sometimes as opting for different jobs, which often takes them away from their home and family.

In similar conditions across parts of Africa, the United Nations Habitat agency has reported that in the sub-Saharan region alone, some 14 million people each year are being forced away from once-productive farmlands, often finding themselves trying to subsist in disadvantaged urban areas instead.

N'goran Kouadio Désiré - Assistant Coordinator, Climate Change Bureau, Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Environment (M): My country is an agricultural country, so climate change has a bad impact on our agriculture.

Abdoulkarim Traore - Director of Niger National Meteorological Department (M): One of the first consequences of climate change in our country is the increase in heat. The days have become very, very hot. There is a lot of heat in our country. Another important aspect is the frequency of drought. So there is a huge lack of water in certain places. The seasons are increasingly short. . The storms are more violent This year, for example, in Niger, there were floods in almost all parts of the country.

VOICE: With appreciation to the international researchers, United Nations Habitat and concerned governments, we pray that the people of Mexico, sub-Saharan Africa and rural communities everywhere may be protected through these difficult times. Let us strive now to eliminate humanity's suffering and restore our harmony with the Earth.

During a 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke once again with concern for humanity about the impact of climate change on lives and livelihoods.

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. Likewise in West Africa, home to 43% of the total population of sub-Saharan Africa, if you're a farmer, you already can feel that the climate is in trouble.

There are more frequent droughts, heat waves, floods, storms, frosts, freezes, and locusts than before. These impacts of climate change increase food insecurity and the food crisis in Africa.

So please join, and spread the vital messages. We all must be veg, go green, if we are to save the planet.



January 7, 2011

Increasing dead zones threaten fish populations

A recent study by US scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that species such as Atlantic tuna and billfish are more vulnerable to human fishing activities as they are driven out of oxygen-poor regions in the ocean.

In monitoring fish populations off the coast of West Africa, where a very large hypoxic zone exists, the scientists concluded that this growing region is encroaching on the fishes' deep water habitats. As the fish are forced to move to more shallow waters, they face the hazards of reduced habitat areas and are far more likely to perish due to human slaughter.

With more than 400 dead zones already observed worldwide, several of which are directly caused by global warming, the scientists warn that continued climate change will only aggravate the alarming scope of this situation.

Dr. Eric D. Prince, who led the NOAA study stated, “The hypoxic zone off West Africa… is roughly the size of the continental United States, and it's growing. With the current cycle of climate change and accelerated global warming, we expect the size of this zone to increase, further reducing the available habitat for these fish.”

Our thanks, Dr. Prince and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration colleagues, for highlighting this grave disturbance to marine life and ecology. May we hasten in concerted steps to protect our essential oceans and the unique life forms they support. During a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the devastating effect of oceanic dead zones while reminding of the restorative solution available to us all.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Dead zones are the areas of the ocean that are unable to support any more life, which arise mostly from livestock feed agricultural pollution, as well as livestock manure running into the ocean, or some other kind of imbalance.

Scientists are now concerned that, without a restoration of the ecological balance, dead zones like this will just continue to be more and more, get bigger and bigger, which of course is lethal for all life. So, this is a small but very good example of why we need to be vegan, to renew the rightful balance of life.

And, of course, we also need to be organic vegan because so many of these dead zones are caused and made worse by chemical fertilizers that are primarily used for livestock feed. So, yes, be organic vegan.


January 6, 2011

Continued Arctic methane release raises threat of runaway global warming

Researchers studying the climate in the Arctic regions of Siberia, Canada and Alaska, USA, have confirmed that the rate at which methane is now being released into the atmosphere from the melting tundra region's permafrost could soon exceed dangerous tipping points, beyond which humans' ability to mitigate climate change may become futile.

In these regions, the permafrost has been frozen for thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years. However, climate change-induced temperature rise is causing permafrost in areas such as Siberia to melt, releasing some of the region's estimated 50 billion tons of stored methane, over ten times the amount currently in the atmosphere.

Dr. Katey Walter Anthony of the University of Alaska, who for the past decade has been studying the tundra and its reaction to global warming, stated, “If permafrost were to thaw suddenly, in a flash, it would put a tremendous amount of carbon in the atmosphere. We would feel temperatures warming across the globe. And that would be serious.”

An international team of scientists recently analyzing the underwater Eastern Siberian Arctic Shelf region also discovered that the constant release of methane into the relatively shallow ocean waters there is causing them to become supersaturated, raising concerns that further release of the vast underground methane stores could set off irreversible warming at any time.

Thank you, Dr. Walter Anthony and colleagues, for reminding us of the gravely precarious situation presented by global warming. May we all comprehend the magnitude of the threat to life on Earth and quickly act to save our beautiful planet.

During a September 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with concern about the urgency of our situation as she has on previous occasions, while highlighting the most effective measures necessary to reverse our global predicament.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It is an urgent situation indeed. I would say that the most serious one is the frightening prospect of runaway global warming, the frightening aspect that nations will not do enough to stop it.

This runaway warming of the climate could easily be caused by melting permafrost, which is the frozen soil extending across the vast expanse of the Arctic tundra.

Since 2007, scientists have seen more and more evidence of methane from permafrost melt This irreversible effect, we want to avoid at all costs, especially since it may not be as far away as we would like to think.

So please, be a part of the solution and join in first by being vegan yourself and helping to spread this message as much, as quickly as possible:

Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet.


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January 5, 2011

Asian cities face increasingly severe inundation due to climate change

A recent case study conducted jointly by scientists representing World Bank, United Nations, European Union, and the World Vision Foundation has identified nine Asian cities that are at risk of severe flooding in the near future.

They are Guangdong and Shanghai, China; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kolkata and Mumbai, India; Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma); Hà Nội and Hải Phòng, Âu Lạc (Vietnam), and Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, a more detailed study of Bangkok conducted by leading Thai research group Sirindhorn International Environmental Park concluded that without swift intervention, large areas of the city and surrounding suburbs would be submerged within a decade.

In related research, scientists from the US-based Civic Exchange and Great Britain's Leeds University found that climate change is increasing the risk of flooding in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta so rapidly that 1 million people will likely need to move to higher ground by 2050 due to rising sea levels.

We appreciate this detailed assessment, international scientists, and your alert to the imminent danger of climate change in Asia and all coastal cities. May everyone help to mitigate such misfortune through effective lifestyle changes, for the safety of communities worldwide.

During an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai encouraged everyone present to be exemplary heroes in helping rebalance the environment, for ourselves and all beings on the planet.

Hong Kong has long enjoyed prosperity and peace. But, as with all cities and countries in the world, she is vulnerable to the effects of global warming, such as the threat of sea level rise and as we have learned from the experts today, diseases are intensifying as well.

In such an increasingly frightening scenario, we are lucky and blessed to still have the time to save our lives, and the lives of our children and our co-inhabitants. So, I am still hopeful that this important conference today will motivate everyone to make the small changes needed to propel us all toward a beautiful future for ourselves and the planet.

Please be a hero - be veg, go green, do good deeds, and save the planet.


January 4, 2011

Countries ranked in terms of climate change risk

Maplecroft, a global risks advisory firm based in the UK, recently released a Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2011, evaluating 170 countries as a tool for companies to be able to assess economic risk due to global warming.

The countries deemed to have the highest vulnerability in the next 30 years were
Bangladesh, followed by India, Madagascar, Nepal, Mozambique, the Philippines, Haiti, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar. To arrive at their rankings, the analysts included such factors as poverty levels, exposure to climate-related events, ability to respond to such disasters, and reliance on agricultural land that could be prone to droughts and flooding.

Nirmal Hari Rajbhandari - Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nepal (M): The extreme weather events are increasing. The pattern of monsoons is also changing. The number of glacier lakes are increasing. And the glacier is retreating. So it has a lot of negative impacts on water resources, in agriculture, and in different fields.

VOICE: The next category of “high risk” nations included China, Brazil, and Japan, while Russia, the US, Germany, France, and the UK were rated as “medium risk” countries. The report also pointed out that countries considered to have the most potential for future expansion are also among the most threatened in terms of the safety of their populations, ecosystems, and business environments. These include the Philippines, Âu Lạc (Vietnam) and Pakistan.

Dr. M. Mohsin Iqbal - Head of Agriculture Section, Global Change Impact Studies Centre, Pakistan (M): I come from Pakistan, where we had the worst floods in history. In the history of Pakistan, we did not have so much floods. They devastated infrastructure, buildings, rails, roads, and they incurred a heavy loss to the economy of Pakistan.

Nirmal Hari Rajbhandari - Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nepal (M): Global warming is the main cause. Livestock is also one of the main causes, because the methane is also one of the greenhouse gases which is immediate from these livestock activities.

VOICE: Our thanks Maplecroft, for alerting us to the impacts of climate change that are affecting countries throughout the international community. May your report prompt actions to protect the future of all world citizens especially through the rapidly mitigating plant-based diet.

During an October 2009 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai made an urgent plea to address the main cause of climate change and avoid further global devastation.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we really want to get to the bottom line to find the most effective solution to climate change, we absolutely cannot go on ignoring the most urgent, serious cause - that is the animal consumption and the like - because it is heating up our Earth at a dangerous speed, causing catastrophic disasters everywhere.

Losing loved ones, losing homes, losing lives, losing hopes. Right now as we are speaking, Bangladesh is only half the size of what it used to be decades ago. The list never ends if we continue to partake in this killing phenomena, massacring tragedy called “animal industry.” We can replace this with hundreds more varieties of nutritious, healthy life-saving food substances.

Please help us to inform people before it's too late.


Experts warn of widespread desertification threat

In an effort to bring attention to land degradation and desertification, the United Nations has launched the UN Decade for Deserts and Desertification (UNDDD).

Noting this extreme drying process to be among the most severe challenges of our time, the UN states that a quarter of the world's land has been degraded through processes such as topsoil erosion since 1980, with at least an additional 1% lost each year. Some 2.1 billion of the world's people, many of whom reside in developing nations, live in regions already classified as natural drylands and are thus especially vulnerable to processes like desertification.

According to Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN's Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), soil degradation has been a primary factor in land conflicts in Somalia, as well as the rise in Asian dust storms, and steep food price increases in the past few years. Adding to the problem are climate change impacts such as rising temperatures and erratic precipitation.

Speaking with grave concern about the situation, Mr. Gnacadja stated, "The top 20 centimeters of soil is all that stands between us and extinction." In an attempt to restore ecological balance, scientists are suggesting measures such as preservation of drylands ecosystems, improved land and water management, the use of drought-resistant seeds and even the granting of carbon credits for protecting the soil.

Our appreciation, Mr. Luc Gnacadja, United Nations, and all scientists working to raise awareness and halt the depletion of life-giving soil. We pray that humanity quickly unifies in actions to preserve precious drylands and the balance of all life on Earth.

During an interview for the December 16, 2009 edition of The Irish Dog Journal, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke as she has on previous occasions about the urgent matter of climate change and how to best ensure the welfare of all beings.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: A lot of work must be done still to have a beautiful and healthy planet. We have to stop the planetary climate change, stop depleting our water supplies, stop deforestation, desertification, ocean pollution, river pollution, species extinction, etc., etc.

But all these can be accomplished to a vast degree and very quickly by individuals changing to an organic vegan diet.

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.

If all the people the Earth would heal itself and there would be more than enough for all the children to grow in health and safety.


January 3, 2011

Polar bears dying from climate change-related ice melt

A recent video recorded in Hudson Bay, Canada, showed a mother polar bear and her pair of cubs searching for food with one of the cubs observed to experience seizures and both sadly perishing within two days of the filming.

Global warming is thought to be the cause of these and other polar bear fatalities as accelerated sea ice melt diminishes both the space and time for the bears to rest and to feed themselves.

Climate change in the western Hudson Bay alone has been noted to cause melting of ice three weeks earlier than 30 years ago, while the freezing is now also delayed by several weeks.

In addition, a recent study by the World Wildlife Fund showed that for the past several years, the bears and sometimes their cubs have been forced to swim up to 650 kilometers at a time as their ice habitats disappear. The young ones are especially at risk because they are not yet able to adjust to the cold. In fact, between 1987 and 2004, the population of polar bears in the Hudson Bay area declined by 22%, with forecasts from the US government of their complete extinction by 2050 in some areas.

Kassie Siegel, director of US research group Center for Biological Diversity, said, “Global warming isn't a crisis that's decades away. It's here now. The sad truth is that polar bears are already starving as global warming melts the Arctic.”

We thank World Wildlife Fund, Center for Biological Diversity and all others for your efforts to raise awareness about the tragic predicament facing the polar bears. May we act swiftly to co-exist in harmony with nature for the safeguarding of all life on our planet.

Expressing her concern for all beings, Supreme Master Ching Hai during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia emphasized the need for urgent actions to reverse the consequences of climate change for all Earth's inhabitants.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Now, according to expert scientists, the atmospheric temperatures are rising so steeply that we do not have much time left to change. L433-452 We have to halt the meat consumption and the livestock raising

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.

As the harmful emissions of these animal raising operation cause atmospheric temperatures to get hotter around the world, especially at the Arctic, the destructive effects are too many to count. They include disturbances to birds' migration patterns; homelessness of Arctic animals, such as seals and penguins and polar bears, because the ice is nearly gone. L684-689 So please, everyone, plant veg, be veg and we can go green later when we've already saved the planet. Save our planet, please.


Accelerated glacier melt threatens food security

Rapid melting of high mountain glaciers is jeopardizing livelihoods as well as global food supplies, according to a new report released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

The report notes that South American and Alaskan glaciers are among the most rapidly melting, followed by North America, then Asia. As approximately 50% of the world's population inhabits watersheds of major rivers originating in high-altitude glaciers and snow, this accelerating melt rate is posing widespread threats to social stability and food supplies.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner stated, “Changes in the intensity and timing of rains, added to variable snow and glacier melt will increasingly challenge food security and the livelihoods of the most vulnerable… This report underlines a global trend, observed over many decades now in some parts of the globe, which has short and long-term implications for considerable numbers of people.”

Our thanks, Executive Director Steiner and United Nations Environment Program, for alerting us to the potentially severe survival-related ramifications of climate change. We pray this information is understood and catastrophe avoided as people rapidly adopt the planet-saving vegan solution.

During an August 2010 teleconference with Supreme Master Television staff in Los Angeles, California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai urged for both physical and spiritual efforts to minimize the calamities of climate change and save lives.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: You see disaster more and more all the time now. Yes? Shortage of food, shortage of water, disasters everywhere; people are suffering so much, so much that you could not even bear to think about it even.

Right now we need to meditate more, everybody, to purify the Earth's atmosphere and to elevate the people and the beings on this planet, so that there is less suffering, more enlightening and more security, more goodness and benefits to everybody. It's very important right now, more than ever.

If people turned to veganism this time, it's to save the planet. That means to save lives, not only animals' lives, but the Earth's life and the humans' lives, billions of us.


January 1, 2011

US among the industrialized nations most vulnerable to climate change

The “Climate Vulnerability Monitor,” released by humanitarian research organization Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA) and the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership among leaders of countries most vulnerable to climate change, has concluded that the US, followed by Spain, is the most vulnerable of all developed nations to climate change.

With the main risks for Spain being habitat loss due to desertification, the report states that the United States is also one of the top ten hot spots for regions where people and human habitats are at risk due to desertification and extreme weather. Researchers also estimated that by 2030, the US will be losing US$40 billion per year to climate change effects as the worst affected nation in terms of overall economic damage.

44th Costa Rican President José María Figueres, a DARA Trustee, stated, “Whilst it is the poorest, most vulnerable nations on earth that will bear the brunt of the climate crisis, the industrialized world is not immune from its impact either. Countries such as the United States will suffer the greatest economic losses from climate change so it is clearly in their own interest to act now to address these impacts, and to mitigate climate change.”

We thank Your Excellency, Development Assistance Research Associates and Climate Vulnerable Forum, for reminding that climate change affects every corner of the Earth. May such awareness motivate leaders and fellow citizens alike toward the global adoption of sustainable planet-sparing lifestyle choices.

During a November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai outlined some of the climate impacts in the country and the most direct way to address them.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: In the state of Montana, the famous glaciers of Glacier National Park are now expected to disappear within a decade. According to a new study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Colorado River, which supplies water to seven Western states, is going dry.

In fact, researchers say that the US West is facing a devastating drought crisis as snows from mountains are releasing vast reservoirs of water.

For the first time on record, in 2008, six consecutive tropical cyclones made landfall on the US mainland. The North Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean are the two areas with the strongest hurricane trends. You may ask, what is the main cause of this damage and destruction to the environment? Perhaps surprisingly, it's not the coal industry or cars or planes or trains or boats or ships. It's methane, which is produced primarily by the livestock industry.

So, to solve this, we do need to move quickly, and be vegan.

We remove the livestock-generated methane, and the planet cools fast!