February 28, 2011

Major solar flare warns of potential disaster



Senior American Association for the Advancement of Science officials meeting, which just concluded in Washington, DC, USA warned of potential severe solar storms that could cause extensive damage and cost the global economy hundreds of billions of dollars.

On Tuesday, February 15, the Sun's surface erupted in an X-class solar flare, the most powerful type of all solar events, as the most powerful in four years. The explosion was unleashed from a sunspot region that had barely been visible just the week before, but grew quickly to more than 100,000 kilometers across, or nearly eight times the width of the Earth.

Although recent event fortunately only disrupted high-frequency radio communications in southern China and caused displays of the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, a solar flare of this magnitude can lead to much more severe geomagnetic storms as its coronal mass ejection (CME), consisting of billions of tons of charged particles, reaches the Earth's magnetic field.

These intense solar flares can trigger prolonged or even permanent blackouts in satellite communications and power grids, as well as radiation storms. Moreover, solar flares are expected to become more frequent and severe in 2013 during the Solar Max, when the sun's activity is set to reach its peak.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator Jane Lubchenco said, “This is not a matter of if, it's simply a matter of when and how big. We have every reason to expect we're going to be seeing more space weather in the coming years, and it behooves us to be smart and be prepared.”

Our thankfulness, scientists, for these insights into the significant implications of what could be increasingly dangerous solar activity. May we heed such potentially catastrophic occurrences as reminders to protect ourselves through more uplifting, eco-conscious lifestyles. At the request of Supreme Master Television staff in Los Angeles, California, USA, during an October 2010 videoconference, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the cause of solar flares, and humanity's ability to significantly worsen or improve such events.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: All suns are Fifth level beings. The Fifth Level beings are only there to give us spiritual benefit and upliftment and happiness, but unfortunately, we sometimes abuse it. We are not making ourselves worthy of all this help. So we have all this violent atmosphere - because of war, because of hatred, because of mass murdering of animals, etc., etc., and abusing the environment. We are killing too much, so we attract this kind of a flare.

It's us, the humans, who attract it, the flare. And if we continue, it could be worse than that. It's just a warning only. Just a warning. It could be worse.

I always tell everybody, “Please, pay more attention to moral standard. Please be more compassionate. Please be more virtuous. Love each other. Peace. No war. No killing. Vegan.” - that is to protect everybody.

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February 25, 2011

Tibetan Plateau glaciers in dramatic decline

According to a study conducted by China's Geological Survey Bureau, temperatures rising at a rate of approximately 0.3 degrees Celsius every decade over the past 30 years have contributed to an average glacial decrease of 130 square kilometers annually.

Moreover, the glacial retreat in the region known as the “the roof of the world” and the planet's “third pole” has been accelerating even more in recent years, with some parts that have already retreated by more than 10%. According to the researchers, climate change caused by increasing greenhouse gases and black carbon are responsible.

At current rates, without even considering continued acceleration due to global warming, the scientists estimate that the glacier area will be reduced to less than 75% its original size by mid-century.

Speaking of the dangerous implications to the region, Qin Dahe, former head of the China Meteorological Administration, stated, “The Tibetan glaciers are retreating at a higher speed than in any other part of the world. In the short term, this will cause lakes to expand and bring floods and mudflows. In the long run, the glaciers are vital lifelines for Asian rivers, including the Indus and the Ganges. Once they vanish, water supplies in those regions will be in peril."

Our sincere thanks, scientists, for your efforts to raise awareness about the perilous state of the Tibetan Plateau. May we heed these urgent signs and act to cool the planet through our eco-conscious lifestyle choices.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often cautioned of the magnitude of devastating change that could occur without effective human intervention, as during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, during which she offered the most sustainable solution.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Everything is heating up so quickly, as we can see from the scientists' reports on such alarming upheaval, such as rising sea levels and glaciers melting.

This is now causing excessive floods but eventually will cause drought and vastly diminished water supplies as well. So we must work quickly to avoid such unwanted outcomes. And the most effective way, as I have mentioned, is the organic vegan diet, organic vegetable farming. This is also the fastest way to reverse the increased warming climate to prevent further damage and disaster.

The more people who understand and change, the more chance our world will be saved in time.

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Relentless drought puts Chinese at risk

China is experiencing the worst drought in crucial agricultural areas in 60 years, with Shandong Province potentially facing the worst drought in 200 years if rains fail to materialize by the end of this month.

The situation is so severe that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released a warning that the drought is threatening the world's largest wheat producer, and also creating shortages of drinking water. Given the number of people needing sustenance across the country, the global grain market could be also affected if precipitation patterns fail to improve and China is forced purchase grain from abroad.

Food prices have also been increasing in China, despite officials' assurances that there is ample supply to meet demand. Fortunately, 90% of China's wheat harvest is spring wheat, which is planted in March and harvested in June, providing time for improvements in the situation.

The government has also announced an allocation of US$15 billion in an effort to assist farmers in coping with the situation, with other attempts to mitigate the dry conditions including the drilling of additional wells for irrigation and seeding clouds to encourage precipitation.

Our prayers, farmers and people of China, for ample rain to bless the region and many thanks for the Chinese government's efforts to help.

May we step in concerted endeavors toward sustainable lifestyles that support abundant harvests for people worldwide. Speaking during a September 2009 videoconference in Peru with concern for the plight of those enduring the tolls of climate change, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded of the critical actions needed immediately to restore our planetary balance and abundance.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The truth is, we are already not able to handle such situations in places where global warming is already reaching extreme degrees. Some countries and communities have to cope with worsened drought situations. There is not enough water to raise crops or even to drink. Their rivers and lakes are drying up or completely gone.

We are not ready for the changes that are coming. All the leading scientists we have spoken to tell us one and the same: that we must handle it now, not tomorrow. The smartest way would be to stop the worsening of global warming by being vegan. It sounds very simple but it is the best solution, the most effective and the effect of it will be felt almost immediately.

Moreover, the problems we already face now - such as the warming atmosphere, water shortage, food scarcity, desertification - we can quickly eliminate by stopping meat production. Stop it now, no further!

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February 24, 2011

Scientists confirm climate change link to UK flooding

Connecting the nation's weather events to the larger phenomenon of climate change for the first time, a study by scientists at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has shown that human-generated greenhouse gases contributed to the devastating 2000 floods.

With British meteorologists saying that this was also the wettest autumn in more than 230 years of record-keeping, the extreme rains and flooding affected thousands of residents throughout especially England and Wales, damaging nearly 10,000 properties.

In their study, the researchers evaluated regional flood patterns over the past seven years as well as thousands of detailed computer weather simulations to establish the chance of floods occurring with and without greenhouse gases present. Their results, published in the journal Nature, concluded that human-made global warming made flooding twice as likely to occur.

Reviewing the study, expert climatologist Professor Andrew Weaver of Canada's University of Victoria cautioned that continued global warming could lead to worsening conditions as he stated, “We should continue to expect increased flooding associated with increased extreme precipitation because of increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas. And we have no one to blame but ourselves.”

Our appreciation, University of Oxford scientists, for your detailed work in revealing a clear link between extreme weather patterns and human- caused greenhouse gas emissions. May we quickly adopt effective actions to mitigate such impacts and stabilize the ecosphere.

In a video message presented to the Association of Mexican Magistrates Pro Environmental Justice in October 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the alarming rise in climate change-induced floods and other disasters while reminding of the steps needed to reverse them.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have signs of imminent crisis that are evident in all corners of the world. First, storms have nearly doubled in intensity over the past five years, as we can see in recent hurricanes and floods, which left damage, trauma and grieving families.

What causes these damaging changes?

The number one cause of global warming is: livestock. Recent research tells us that livestock-raising is responsible for more than 50% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock is the single largest source of human-generated methane, a greenhouse gas that traps at least 72 times more heat than CO2, as measured over a 20-year period.

Therefore, to rapidly halt global warming, to halt the emission of methane, we must stop its number one source: that is, livestock breeding.

Becoming vegetarian would be an effective solution to global warming. That is, we have to live an animal-free lifestyle, a compassionate lifestyle.

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Global food prices rise to dangerous levels

Stating that prices are 29% higher than one year ago, with increases of 15% over the past four months alone, the World Bank has issued an alarm as it notes that food costs currently are only 3% lower than the peak prices of June 2008, when food riots had erupted across the developing world.

The largest recent increases have been seen in global wheat prices, which doubled from June 2010 to January 2011, while the price of maize jumped a sharp 73%, and higher prices placed on sugar and cooking oils, as well as vegetables in China and India, and beans in some African nations.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - Managing Director, World Bank Group (M): According to our research at the World Bank, the recent food price hikes have thrown another 44 million people into extreme poverty. I feel we've now entered a danger zone.

VOICE: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has indicated that the recent upward direction in prices has come from a combination of factors, including increased consumption of meat and dairy products, speculative trading, soil erosion, food crops used for biofuels, and decreased or failed harvests due to climate change effects such as water scarcity.

Prolonged widespread drought in northern China, for instance, caused wheat crop failures that recently sparked concerns about the impact on global food prices. If China were ever to have to import a large amount of wheat, global prices for the grain would surge and add to the strain already being felt worldwide.

Shanghai-based agriculture analyst Lief Chiang of Rabobank noted that not only China's drought, but also other disasters in late 2010 have driven up global wheat prices, such as floods in Australia, drought in Russia and an unusually early frost in Canada.

Our thanks, World Bank and United Nations for these reports alerting us to the potential crisis of escalating food prices and global food security. Let us work together to implement solutions that ensure sustainable food supplies for all who are in need.

During an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the interrelated issues of food production and climate change, explaining the cost-saving solution for both areas. A lot of the news today is not very good due to the effects of global warming. We hear about glaciers melting, water becoming more scarce, rising food shortages, rising food prices with over one billion people going hungry every day, and so forth. The food prices are getting higher and higher nowadays.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: As it has already been mentioned, recent research shows that more than 50% of emissions, which heat up our planet, which put our lives in danger, are from the livestock industry.

Now, the meat industry is not a very lucrative business, with very high production costs for electricity, water, and grains that have to be wasted to produce the same amount of so-called “food,” which is replaceable and better. We have better food than meat.

I don't know how difficult can it be to replace a piece of meat with a piece of tofu, or a piece of vegetable protein. It looks the same, it tastes even better, is cheaper any way, and good for your health.

The solution is at hand for each and every one of us, which is simply to forego animal products and become vegan - one small change; it's no big deal.

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February 23, 2011

Historical reforestation created planetary cooling

Although most of the focus on climate change has centered on the warming effects of fossil fuels beginning with the fairly recent industrial era, new research highlights the start of global warming thousands of years ago when forests were cleared to create room for livestock and other agriculture.

These changes are evident in the ice cores of Greenland and Antarctica, which show increases in carbon dioxide levels related to the burning and decay of cleared forests and meadowlands.

For the study, researchers from Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology in California, USA and from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany used a model of global land coverage beginning around 800 AD. To determine how reforestation might affect atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, they focused on four times in history when human populations decreased due to either conflict or disease, with agricultural fields thus being abandoned.

These periods of minimized human activity were found to create a cooling effect as the forests were naturally restored and resumed absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere. Lead author Dr. Julia Pongratz explained the modern implication of such reforestation on planetary cooling as she stated, “Today about a quarter of the net primary production on the Earth's land surface is used by humans in some way, mostly through agriculture… Based on the knowledge we have gained from the past, we are now in a position to make land-use decisions that will diminish our impact on climate and the carbon cycle.”

Many thanks, Dr. Pongratz and colleagues, for your work in revealing the profoundly beneficial effects of reforestation in mitigating climate change. Let us do our utmost to minimize destructive tree losses by halting livestock-raising and other unsustainable agricultural practices for the protection of our planet.

In a video message presented at a June 2009 conference with dignitaries in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the importance of conserving the world's vital forests as well as a way that this could be done.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have to ban deforestation. And we have to plant more trees, of course. Wherever there's erosion or empty land we have to plant trees.

Deforestation is also largely driven by meat production. With the United Nations estimating that deforestation accounts for approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all deforestation itself is related to meat production.

Eighty percent of cleared Amazon forest is designated as a cattle grazing area to prepare the animals for slaughter, and the remainder is planted as soy crops used also largely for animal feed. So to stop animal products is to protect our precious forests, the lungs of our Earth, and the crucial factor for our survival.

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Ancient peat land forests destroyed for palm oil

A new study by the Netherlands-based Wetlands International found that at the rate that peat swamp forests in places like Malaysian Borneo are being obliterated to make way for palm oil plantations, the nation may lose all of these biodiverse forests by the decade's end.

As companies that formerly depleted timber resources now clear the rest of the trees to develop profitable palm oil plantations, Malaysia and Indonesia are the world's two largest exporters of the oil, which is largely used for processed foods and so-called eco-friendly biofuel.

However, researchers warn that current growing practices are far from sustainable. As trees are removed from the ancient peat swamps, not only is wildlife severely affected, massive carbon stores are also released. This effect can be worsened if wildfires strike, causing peat to smolder underground, becoming nearly impossible to extinguish, with even more increased emissions of carbon dioxide and methane gas that had been stored for millions of years.

The loss of the forest habitats has further deprived many already endangered species including tropical birds, as well as the clouded leopard, Sumatran rhino, and the world's smallest elephant, the Borneo Pygmy. Also threatened are indigenous rainforest tribes. Wetlands International is thus calling for a complete ban of peat land conversion for crops, urging companies instead toward more truly eco-friendly methods and products.

We thank Wetlands International for your work in bringing us this important information about the adverse consequences of peat land clearing to the environment.

May humanity work quickly to save the valued forests and all precious lives that they sustain. Speaking during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai warned of nature's destruction for the production of palm oil, while offering the most sustainable actions needed to restore the ecosystem.

In Indonesia, your precious forests are being cut down to grow palm oil to be used as biofuel energy, and we thought that will help to minimize the CO2. We are wrong. It's a failure, causing more destruction and more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves. In fact, it's releasing the world's third-largest amount of carbon emissions, because of biofuel.

You see, the green technology is not always reliable.

Actually, not all of this palm oil product is used as biofuel even. Part of the palm oil products goes to make livestock feed. Fortunately, we have the solution ready at hand, sir, which is the organic vegan solution.

If we look into all the scientific and the physical evidence so far, we have to accept this organic vegan solution as the one and only to save our planet right now.

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February 22, 2011

UK's farmland birds decline by more than half

A recent report published by the nation's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has revealed record low populations of farmland birds such as skylarks, with some species dropping by over 70% compared to 1970 levels, including the corn bunting, grey partridge, tree sparrow and turtle dove.

Dramatic declines have also been seen in woodland bird species such as the wood warbler, lesser spotted woodpecker, blackbird, song thrush, tawny owl and others. Experts believe that changing winter climate and decreased vegetation cover are primary contributing factors to their losses.

Meanwhile, researchers from the British Trust for Ornithology suggest that current intensive agricultural farming methods, including the use of pesticides, are damaging both the farmland birds' habitats and food sources. Dr. Mark Avery, conservation director of the UK Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, believes these bird species can be saved by encouraging farmers through subsidies to manage lands in more eco-friendly manners. He said, “The good news is that we know how to turn around these declines... A countryside richer in birds is within our grasp.”

Our appreciation, Dr. Avery and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as well as Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, British Trust for Ornithology, and all others working to ensure the welfare of our precious avian co-inhabitants. Let us tread more gently on the Earth to preserve these and all treasured animal species that enrich our lives.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently emphasized the urgency of protecting fellow beings on the planet, as in an August 2008 videoconference in Canada, during which she also mentioned the most sustainable solution. BMD 876, L1042-1064 If we just protect our environment and we turn our hearts to a compassionate way of life, then like attracts like. If we treasure life, then life will be coming back in abundance. I'm also sorry, like you, because some beautiful animals, some beautiful species are just gone.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we don't do anything to protect the animals and the planet, maybe in the future, we will be only looking at them from photos, like history, like dinosaurs or something.

We just have to remind everybody to be veg and to be kind to the animals. That's the only way we can protect them. And then later on, maybe they will recover themselves again.

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UK evaluates potential dangers of gas drilling from shale

In an attempt to increase energy supplies, drilling has begun on the first project to extract natural gas from underground shale in the United Kingdom. However, environmental and health questions have arisen, prompting the House of Commons Select Committee to launch an inquiry into the safety of the process used to obtain the natural gas. Known as hydraulic fracturing, the extraction occurs after chemical fluids are pumped into wells to crack the shale and allow gas to flow up pipes for collection.

In the United States, where shale gas has been produced for several years, some findings suggest that the extraction coincides with increased methane and wastewater in drinking water supplies near drilling operations.

In states such as New York, drilling has been halted completely pending further investigation after the discovery of cases where people living near natural gas shale projects were actually able to ignite gas in the water running from their tap.

Philip Mitchell, a Green Party councilor living near the United Kingdom project underway in Blackpool, has begun compiling a petition asking for the exploration to be stopped until its safety to the health of humans and the environment is confirmed. Professor Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change is also raising concerns over a potential increase in greenhouse gases during the shale gas extraction process, stating, “Given that we need to get our emissions down very radically, the idea of trying to extract yet another fossil fuel, with more carbon emissions, is completely at odds with the scale of the challenge we need to deal with climate change.”

We appreciate your diligence, House of Commons Select Committee members, Councilor Mitchell, Professor Anderson, and other parties, in prioritizing of public and environmental health. Let us all step toward developing the most sustainable forms of energy for a verdant British Isles and protected world.

During a February 2008 international gathering, Supreme Master Ching Hai further reminded of the need to focus not on alternative energy, but on the more urgently needed adjustments to reverse the planet's foremost threat of climate change.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: 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 climate change.

And nobody talk about it.

OK, new energy, biofuel, hybrid car, compressed air car, carbon sucking machine, dig a hole and store the carbon.” As if it will not bust one day. And before that you have to breathe in already, as if will not affect you.

It's not just about dying. It's suffering. Mental and physical, psychological, emotional, before dying. Because of all this gas, it's already in the air. It affects people a lot. For the sake of everybody's survival, and their own children, just replace one piece of meat with another piece of tofu?

Especially even nowadays, we have all kinds of vegetarian meat, it tastes so delicious.

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February 21, 2011

Unprecedented ocean warming speeding Arctic melt



The latest evidence of global warming presented by a team of German, Norwegian, and US scientists has shown that the northern end of the Gulf Stream current, which is flowing into the Arctic Ocean, is warmer now than it has been for at least 2,000 years.

Analyzing ocean sediment cores dating back two millennia, the scientists found that the waters in the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard, Norway have warmed roughly two degrees Celsius in the past century. The Fram Straight is the main carrier of ocean heat to the Arctic and in recent summers registered at around 6 degrees Celsius, which is warmer than at any other previous time included in the data.

Dr. Robert Spielhagen of the Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Literature in Mainz, Germany, noted the implications of the unnaturally warm temperatures, stating: “We must assume that the accelerated decrease of the Arctic sea ice cover and the warming of the ocean and atmosphere of the Arctic measured in recent decades are in part related to an increased heat transfer from the Atlantic.”

As the ice melts, darker colored waters are exposed, which soak up more heat from the sun and further accelerate warming. With Arctic ice cover at a record low as of January 2011, scientists warn that the region is all too quickly heading toward ice-free summers, with repercussions that range from the loss of vital habitat to more far-reaching changes such as weather disturbances in the British Isles.

Dr. Spielhagen and associates, our sincere thanks for your dedicated efforts to reveal these interrelated factors of global warming. May we all do our part to adopt lifestyles that protect and cool our planet. Speaking of the situation's urgency during a September 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai described the most effective means by which we may halt Arctic warming, as well as all threats of climate change.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: As you saw for yourself how quickly the North Pole is melting - it's at least twice as fast as the rest of the globe.

First, we have to survive. We cut down the number one cause of global warming.

We have to eliminate animal products because we want to save the planet.

No animal products means having the planet. And even a heavenly world we will have because being veg changes everything drastically.

With temperatures stabilized, ecosystems balanced, animals thriving in peace, one of the results is that the ice in the Arctic will be restored, and quickly, along with the repairing of nature in every corner of the planet.

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Destruction of the legendary Amazon rainforest continues



Not only are millions of animal and plant species, but now also humans are endangered by deforestation of the Amazon. The Brazil government recently released rare photos of indigenous Amazonians to raise awareness of the threat of their extinction.

The images of these previously un-contacted people were taken by Brazil's National Indian Foundation during a flight over a region near the Brazil-Peru border, accompanied by human rights group Survival International.

Illegal logging in Peru has sent the natives fleeing across the border to less affected rainforests in Brazil. Meanwhile, a new report launched by the environmental organization Friends of the Earth has revealed that the excessive demand for meat, animal feed and biofuels is perpetuating destruction of the rainforest in Brazil, with severe impact to the lives of thousands of people, as well as causing biodiversity loss and accelerating climate change.

According to the research, the production of soy for animal feed and biodiesel is expected to increase by 5 million hectares, while production of sugarcane for ethanol and cattle ranching are expected to grow 25% by 2020, further threatening ecosystems and livelihoods throughout the country.

We thank the Brazilian government, as well as the National Indian Foundation and organizations such as Survival International and Friends of the Earth for raising awareness of the urgent issues threatening the survival of indigenous brethren and other fellow inhabitants. May we all join in concerted sustainable actions to save the vital lungs of our Earth.

Speaking with concern as on many previous occasions about the loss of precious rainforest trees, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed some of the causes in a video message presented during a November 2010 conference in the United Kingdom, along with how we can rebalance the precious ecosphere for all beings.

Well, 91% of the cleared Amazonian rainforest since 1970, the lungs of our Earth, can be directly or indirectly attributed to cattle raising. And, in fact, the UN FAO stated that the livestock sector is the major driver of global deforestation.

Research tells us that plant-based alternatives to animal products are not only healthy, they use less fossil fuel energy, create more sustainable jobs, and are growing in popularity because of their quality, which also includes good taste. We all love good taste, don't we?

In sum, only with the organic vegan solution can we still save our planet.

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February 18, 2011

Earth's worst extinction set off by massive volcanic eruptions

Around 250 million years ago, a series of global warming events resulted in 70% of life on land and 95% of marine life being extinguished. University of Calgary scientists in Canada are the first to have found evidence in the Arctic that a huge volcanic event led to the burning of vast amounts of coal. At that time, the Earth's land was contained on one large continent called Pangaea, where volcanoes covering an area the size of Europe began to erupt through underground coal beds, igniting the carbon-dense material and causing it to produce immense ash clouds.

This in turn released sufficient amounts of greenhouse gases to initiate runaway global warming. Speaking about the findings from their expedition, researcher Dr. Benoit Beauchamp stated, “We saw layers with abundant organic matter, and … immediately determined that they were layers of coal-ash, exactly like that produced by modern coal burning power plants.”

In addition, earlier research has shown evidence of hydrogen sulfide poisoning. Scientists believe that during the Paleozoic era, the planet was already warming due to elevated carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The enormous amounts of ash released by the coal-burning volcanic eruptions caused an even further reduction in oxygen supplies to both land and water. This in turn caused a proliferation of the bacteria that produce poisonous hydrogen sulfide, setting off changes that resulted in what is now regarded as the worst extinction event in the Earth's history.

We appreciate these fascinating findings, Dr. Beauchamp and colleagues, and the insights they provide into our planet's ancient past. May such cases aid as warnings regarding our own climate change predicament today, so that through wise actions, devastating planetary impacts can be averted.

During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the often unforeseen dangers accompanying climate change, along with the ways we could avoid them entirely.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We are not ready for the changes that are coming. We are not ready at all. We are not prepared enough. Some of the changes are even anticipated to be unexpected, because there are many complicated interacting factors. The wisest action would be to fix the situation we have now and prevent further damage, then we won't even have to worry about the future.

The smartest way would be to stop the worsening of global warming by being vegan. It sounds very simple but it is the best solution, the most effective and the effect of it will be felt almost immediately.

So please, before the situation gets any more out of hand - let's choose the vegan diet.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/23/evidence-planets-largest-extinction-discovered/?test=latestnews
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110123131014.htm

February 17, 2011

World food prices increase 3.4%, reaching record highs



Announcing this December 2010 rise in food prices, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated that it was the steepest since records began in 1990. Rice prices shot up to a 27-month high in countries such as Bangladesh and Indonesia, two of the largest rice importers in Asia, with Bangladesh doubling imports due to panicked buying.

In Sri Lanka, where floods have just displaced over a million people, rice prices were also up amidst grave concerns over the fate of the staple crop after tens of thousands of acres of agricultural land were destroyed. Floods in Victoria, Australia have also devastated potential harvests of fruit and vegetable growers, while heavy rains and floods damaged swaths across southern Africa, with Lesotho having already lost 60% of her crops.

China’s food producing regions are also suffering from the worst drought in 60 years, decreasing yields across 4 million hectares. In an effort to address both the food shortages and the escalation of tensions that could result in conflict, the FAO along with France, current leader of the G20 group, have called for more regulations to help stabilize prices and food supplies.

During a joint press conference, FAO head Jacques Diouf noted the unrest that has already been seen in some parts of the world, as French Farm Minister Bruno Le Maire stated, “We share the same view that today, the real risk of a global food crisis exists.” South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak similarly highlighted the need to address this emerging issue as he stated, “The likelihood of a global food crisis is rising due to climate change. We need to set up national strategies and research to tackle the issue.”

We appreciate the concern of the United Nations, South Korea and governments worldwide seeking ways to stabilize this grave situation on which lives and livelihoods depend.

May humane and constructive food production policies be swiftly implemented to ensure the nourishing sustenance of people. Speaking about rising food costs and those who suffer from hunger, Supreme Master Ching Hai during an October 2009 videoconference in Germany expressed deep concern while offering a solution that would address all needs.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: According to a recent announcement by the United Nations, the number of people going hungry across the world in 2009, this year, has now officially exceeded 1 billion.

This is due in part to the steeply rising food costs that are part of our global economic crisis. However, this is directly related to meat consumption. Because if all the grains fed to livestock animals were grown for human consumption instead, then the amounts of food harvested for humans would be higher and prices lower.

Moreover, global warming has resulted in many instances of documented extreme weather, leading to devastating crop losses and also drive food prices sky high. So, if everyone turns to the plant-based diet, we have more food immediately and an easing of conditions like drought and flooding, with abundant harvests and food supplies quickly restored.

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http://westernfarmpress.com/management/pressure-mounts-food-security-farming-capacity-border-states
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/0208/1224289257927.html

February 16, 2011

The waste, pollution, disease and other risks of animal farming

Recent bird flu outbreaks across Asian poultry farms and increasing government concern over the massive fecal discharges from livestock factory farms reveal just some of the problems inherent in factory farming.

In the case of pig farming alone, researchers have found that these animals on average produce at least three times as much fecal matter as humans, with harmful pathogens that are at least 10 times more concentrated.

http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2010/04/thinking-of-the-hogs/
http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/ffarms.asp

Canadian investigative environmental journalist Ms. Denise Proulx, author of the book, “Pig Farms!” described several crises of these factory farming operations, among which is the widespread practice of spraying millions of liters of untreated waste into the air after being stored sometimes for years in toxic liquid holding lagoons.

Denise Proulx – Canadian journalist, author (Porcheries!) (F): For the sake of profit, they have allowed less space between the rivers and the fields for spreading manure. So there is an excessively significant leaching taking place. There are 8 million pigs in the livestock industry in rotation during 3 to 4 rotation periods per year.

We know for sure that there is currently too much liquid manure for the absorption capacity of the land. If you have more liquid manure than the available lands, then you just go and spread it over on the same land; so at some point there’s of course saturation, there is outflow through the soil, etc. It’s inevitable.

VOICE: As the problem of pollution, odor, and overconsumption of clean water becomes more and more critical in pig farms everywhere, different attempts are being made to prevent the dangerous environmental and health impacts. The Formosan (Taiwanese) government, for instance, is planning to provide financial incentives to pig farms to modify their facilities and even train the pigs to use a designated toilet, hoping to reduce the amount of water used and liquid feces generated.

Although the highly intelligent pigs would learn quickly, the method is forecast to save at most only half the 180 million liters of clean water used daily in Formosa just to clean pig pens.

In Canada, a decade-long experiment costing multi-millions of dollars has produced genetically modified (GM) pigs whose fecal matter is said to contain reduced levels of the toxic contaminant phosphorus.

Although it may seem less polluting than a normal pig, the so-called “Enviropig,” which contains DNA from mice and E. coli bacteria, is not yet approved for the market, in part due to the unknown health risks of genetically modified products.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/9338646.stm
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Move-over-veggies-GM-pig-is-here-/articleshow/7227041.cms

With appreciation to Ms. Proulx and all others working to raise awareness by sharing this vital information, we pray that the health threats generated by the meat industry will cease through the wise and conscientious choices of consumers. May we protect both our vitality and environment for good by turning to safe, organic vegan lifestyles.

During an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the hazards of manipulating nature through methods such as genetic modification, while discussing a better alternative for food production.

I think we should not mess with the nature law of karma (retribution), because every action brings an equal reaction. This means that if we bring no harm to other beings, in this case being vegan, then no harm will come to us.

But if we kill, we will be killed. There is a very direct connection between meat consumption and swine flu as well, and most other human diseases.

But the thing is, nowadays, many people try to do this so-called genetically modified food. And does it affect us? Yes, it does. Because if we mess it up, we will probably inherit more than we bargain for. There might be more incurable diseases that come from GMO that we don’t even know will happen yet.

So, it’s better to have organic vegan farming method. Thank you. And to feed the planet, vegan is also the answer because our food supply goes so much farther if it’s distributed directly to people instead of going through animals first.

http://www.meatinfo.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/12197
/GM_chickens__pose_greater_threat_to_human_health_.html

http://www.oregand.ca/veille/2007/10/porcheries-la-p.html

Scientists surprised to discover Martian sand dunes change yearly

High-resolution images of the north pole on Mars over the course of two summers left researchers amazed to discover changes in the planet's surface from one season to the next.

Specifically, areas of sand previously believed to frozen, with the last activity occurring around 30,000 years ago, were instead observed to undergo significant movement over this two-year Martian period. Factors for this change include a seasonal fluctuation of frozen atmospheric carbon dioxide, which takes the form of dry ice, as well as strong gusts of wind across the planet's surface.

The CO2 component is due to the gas freezing and covering the wintry pole. As thawing occurs in spring, the dry ice changes directly back to CO2 gas. Noting her team's astonishment at the degree of change over just one Mars year, study lead and co-author Dr. Candice Hansen of the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona, USA stated, “This gas flow destabilizes the sand… causing sand avalanches and creating new alcoves, gullies and sand aprons on Martian dunes.”

The researchers also observed what appeared to be powerful winds in the north, resulting in the surprising formation and disappearance of sand avalanches. With some 40% of all locations in the region noted to have changed, Dr. Hansen concluded, “We've got to look at Mars as a place that has active geology in today's climate, not just sometime in the past.”

Many thanks, Dr. Hansen and colleagues for these fascinating insights into the evolution of the universe around us. May such scientific observation continue to shed light on planetary processes that help us understand how to better appreciate and preserve planet Earth.

During a 2009 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in the USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai revealed how human-caused climate change devastated the surface of Mars and what has been occurring on the Red Planet since, as a way to caution about the Earth's similar situation.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: They passed on the knowledge of what happened of their planet to their children and grandchildren, even though it's 40 million years ago. They retain the history of what happened, so that the descendants know how to take care of what they have and not to be careless, and not to be so destructive anymore but more virtuous and spiritual.

It's not for human to even restore this kind of catastrophically destructed planet. But the planet will revive itself by natural process. And it takes 1 more million years; 1 million years more and Mars will be habitable.

Small bushes will begin to grow and then weeds and grass and then fruit trees, etc, etc. Rivers and streams and sea will begin to form again. And gradually human and animals will be able to settle on Mars' surface again.

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/02/04/3128281.htm
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/mars-shifty-sand-dunes/
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/profile.cfm?Code=HansenC
http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=235360

Alarming increase in pesticide chemicals used on farmed salmon

A recent British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigation evaluating Scottish Environmental Protection Agency records revealed a dramatic increase in potentially harmful pesticide use in salmon farming. Although the salmon farming industry grew 11.3% since 2005, the range of toxic chemicals used to control sea lice increased 163% during the same time period, raising concern among environmental groups over the threat to both human and marine life.

The use of pesticides also indicates the industry's struggle to control infestation levels, foreshadowing the spread of sea lice to wild fish. This in turn would lead to further declines in salmon and sea trout populations, with scientists having already expressed concern for the threat of their extinction.

Association of Salmon Boards' spokesperson Andrew Wallace stated, “... If you have a million farmed fish in a cage on the migratory route of those fish, then suddenly you're encountering an entirely different scale of problem. And the numbers of lice coming off of these farms is horrendous at times.”

Moreover, these findings come just as the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) launched the worldwide campaign “Salmon Farming Kills,” hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of the industry and its adverse health effects on humans, oceans, and wild fish. As stated by Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA in British Columbia, Canada, “Salmon farming kills around the world and should carry a global health warning.”

Our thanks, British Broadcasting Corporation and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, for raising awareness of the increasing harms posed by salmon and other fish farming to all life. May our expanded understanding speed the elimination of fish consumption altogether, for the health and sustainability of the Earth's waterways and all interrelated beings.

Speaking with concern during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the detrimental impacts and the need to halt the practice of fish farming for the protection of our co-inhabitants as well as humans and the planet as a whole.

The farmed fish are contained in big netted areas off the ocean shores with uneaten food, fish waste, antibiotics, or other drugs and chemicals that pass into the surrounding waters where they harm our ecosystems and polluted our drinking sources. Depleting wild fish stocks also.

Studies have found that for every kilo of salmon that is sold in a supermarket, four kilos of wild fish have to be caught to feed the salmon.

These are just a few of the problems associated with fish farming, which have become bigger as the fishing has increased.

This is an equally urgent situation as the one presented by livestock industry, and it has the exact same solution. Stop eating the flesh; stop killing for food; stop eating the fish. This will help restore the balance of both the ocean and land, immediately.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article
/ALeqM5hpYqNjAyGXsZ3tfCHYr7YLrQAiAg?docId=N0400861296144739067A

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-12297269
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xll5h
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=28&id=40275&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=2&id=40337&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=

February 15, 2011

Health risks increased by climate change



Indonesian Health Ministry's Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Tjandra Yoga Aditama, recently warned that climate change is increasing people's vulnerability to illness across the nation. These include skin cancer and respiratory complications.

Furthermore, continued land degradation and its associated biodiversity loss, leading to variations in previously steady ecosystem patterns, would speed the spread of disease and the dwindling of water resources. Rising temperatures along extremes of both rainy and dry seasons also creates conditions more conducive for waterborne, airborne, and animal-borne disease.

Climate-related health hazards are also becoming increasingly apparent elsewhere in the world, as noted by Professor Tony McMichael of the National Center for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University. Speaking with Supreme Master Television, Professor McMichael explained some of the fundamental necessities that are imperilled by climate change.

Professor Tony McMichael, PhD, National Center for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), Australian National University (ANU) (M): The basic essentials for health I think, are: a secure food supply, a good fresh water supply, normal constraints, limitations on the spread of infectious agents, reasonable protections against physical hazards, sort of protection that's provided by intact coastal zones, mangrove swamps, forests, and so on, and a reasonable stable climate system.

Those things are absolutely crucial in the long term for human wellbeing, health and, of course, survival. And those are the things that have been put at risk by climate change and by these other enormous environmental changes that we are seeing in these modern times.

VOICE: Eco-conscious protective measures are thus vital to our future. Professor Tony McMichael, PhD (M): This is a chance for us to think seriously about how we can live sustainably in ways that are convivial and congenial, not competitive, don't involve unpleasantness and conflict, don't involve inequities whereby some people miss out on scarce resources because they're being overused and poorly managed.

VOICE: Professor McMichael and Indonesia's Health Ministry, we appreciate your thoughtful efforts to raise awareness of such worrisome yet important information. Let us seek to adopt the most eco-caring measures to benefit the environment and all beings with whom we share the Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently highlighted the urgent necessity for a global shift to more wholesome, eco-friendly lifestyles, as during a July 2008 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: According to the scientists, there could be more than just one disaster. Rising sea level is not the only worrying event, disease will also rise. They already do so in some parts of the world. If it has to happen, it happens. But please do not concentrate on these negative phenomena. Rather, we spend energy in constructive actions and positive thinking and we have to envision a more beautiful world.

Unless people change to a more benevolent lifestyle that is respecting all lives, then we will beget life and our lives be spared. The more vegetarian people join the circle, the more chance we have to save the planet.

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/DEE/Vectorborne/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/01/21/climate-change-increases-health-risks.html

February 14, 2011

Billions of trees in the Amazon dying because of drought



A team of British and Brazilian scientists have warned that a widespread drought in the Amazon rainforest during 2010 was even worse than the “once-in-a-century” dry spell of 2005.

In a new study published in the journal “Science,” they evaluated rainfall data collected via satellite during the prolonged 2010 dry season, as well as information from trees in throughout the Amazon. The scientists found an alarming 60% increase over 2005 in the regions covered by dead trees along with more intense drought.

As the renowned “lungs of the Earth,” the Amazon rainforest normally absorbs over 25% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, or some 1.5 billion tons of CO2. But the billions of trees that perished in the drought this past year, scientists say the Amazon is now forecast to release 5 billion tons in the coming years, potentially leading to runaway climate change.

Moreover, global climate models forecast more frequent Amazon droughts, further aggravating potential risks. Research leader Dr. Simon Lewis of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom cautioned, “We can't just wait and see because there is no going back. We won't know we have passed the point where the Amazon turns from a sink to a source until afterwards, when it will be too late.”

We thank Dr. Lewis and colleagues for sharing these critical findings that foretell the predicament of not only the Amazon region but also the globe.

Let us heed such disturbing changes by swiftly adopting the most eco-friendly lifestyles to protect the treasured Amazon and indeed the planet. During an April 2009 videoconference,

Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the need to tread more lightly in the ecosphere to ensure the survival of the Earth and all her inhabitants.

Saving the world's tropical forests, the lungs of the Earth, is one of the very important priorities. Because when the tropical rainforests are destroyed, there are many frightening side effects.

It's not just the permanent changes to the world's temperature, rainfall, and weather patterns which the forests regulate. It's not just about the millions of people who might lose their livelihoods that depend on the forests.

The rainforests themselves normally are our protectors, but as the climate gets warmer, instead of absorbing CO2 to protect our planet's climate, they will be emitting back CO2 as well. They will not be helping us, the rainforests, if the climate gets warmer. But instead, they will be worsening the global warming problem.

Stop the livestock industry - that would be the most effective way to halt global warming and restore our planet. It will save our precious forests.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/special-report-catastrophic-drought-in-the-amazon-2203892.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12356835
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/03/tree-deaths-amazon-climate
http://news.discovery.com/earth/amazon-drought-of-2010-sign-of-forest-fatigue.html
http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/amazon-drought-2010-climate-change-110203-1059/

Over two millennia of European tree ring data reveals how climate change affected civilizations



Led by paleoclimatologist Ulf Büntgen, researchers at Switzerland's Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape studied over 9,000 samples of tree ring data to create a 2,500-year history of European climate fluctuations.

Comparing these to major historical events, the scientists determined a link between climate and society. They found, for instance, that the abundant crops nourished by wet and warm summers helped support prosperity during Roman and later in European Medieval times, and that the fall of the Western Roman Empire occurred during a period of drought and increased climate variability, which would have adversely affected food supplies.

In another example, combined cold and wetter summers around 1300 coincided with plague and famine that led to the loss of nearly half of Europe's population within the next 50 years. The researchers concluded that climate change events which positively or negatively affected agricultural production amplified political, social and economic situations in the past, and may have implications for our modern era.

Dr. Büntgen and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, we appreciate your comprehensive analysis that shows the connection between physical and social events. May such revealing comparisons remind us to strive ever more urgently for lives of balance and harmony with nature. As during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often discussed the importance of the moral aspect that determines a civilization's sustainability.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we have the spiritual eye, we will find that past civilizations, both on Earth and other planets, sometimes developed too quickly in the technological sense. But the spiritual development, their store of love, was low or empty.

We see the pattern is that no society can last long if they refuse to sustain the lives of their own members and fellow beings; I mean, including all the beings, like animals and trees. Or, if they destroy the environment they live in, then that society cannot live long.

The real problem is our meat consumption, the tendency of mass killing that we have made a part of our lives

It is not normal. We cannot earn a living or sustain a living by death.

Now, if we, the human race, develop as a vegan society, and better yet, a spiritual vegan society, there will be no limit to our material development. Because then, we will have the wisdom and the love to propel us on a balanced, straight course for the future, bright future, for our planet and our children

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/01/fall-of-rome-recorded-in-trees.html?rss=1
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/does_climate_change_explain_th.html
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science_technology
/Scientists_link_bad_weather_to_historical_lows.html?cid=29224702

Plastic endangers Mediterranean marine life



Recent research supported by environmental advocates found that the Mediterranean Sea contains some 250 billion pieces, or approximately 500 tons, of suspended microscopic pieces of plastic.

For the study, French and Belgian marine biologists who comprise the organization Expedition Mediterranean in Danger (MED) analyzed water samples at depths of 10 to 15 centimeters off the coasts of France, Spain, and Italy. Of the samples obtained, 90% contained the biologically hazardous plastic fragments.

In addition to being mixed in with plankton that is consumed by fish, there is also evidence that this plastic debris is also affecting seals, tortoises, and other larger marine species. The researchers will next expand their evaluation to Gibraltar, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sardinia, and southern Italy.

Meanwhile, they are calling for the European Union to implement more stringent rules on the disposal and biodegradability of consumer goods. Supporters can sign an on-line petition at www.expeditionmed.eu/petition/.

Our sincere thanks, Expedition MED, for your awareness raising eco-conscious work. Let us quickly heed such alarming information and act to protect the inhabitants of the Mediterranean Sea and oceans worldwide. Speaking with concern for all life during a May 2008 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the need for humanity's more conscious efforts to care for our fragile environment.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: In many places there are already bans on the use of plastic bags and many convenience stores So, I think that's a very good start, and maybe we should impose a little more stricter ban on these harmful substances.

And then we have to change. Even if the government doesn't impose any ban, we as individuals should pay attention. We should use something less toxic, and we should use our own shopping bags wherever we go, to minimize whatever we can the effect, the harmful effect to the planet.

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.presstv.ir/detail/159949.html
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1972338/plastic_found_floating_around_in_the ...
http://www.expeditionmed.eu/petition/
http://www.plasticseurope.org/event/polytalk10.aspx?page=EVENTS

Climate change effects in Turkey jeopardize local bird populations



According to Professor İlhami Kiziroğlu of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, the total bird count in the nation has fallen by 50% in just the past two decades, with some species having lost up to 75% of their populations.

As the country's wetlands and lakes continue to dry up, Professor Kiziroğlu, who heads the university's Environmental Education and Bird Research Center, warns that another 70% of the remaining avian species are also heading toward extinction.

With Turkey being an important nesting ground and winter destination for birds, Professor Kiziroğlu cautioned that of the 435 different avian species currently found in Turkey, more than 100 may become extinct. Some have already disappeared, including the Oriental Darter, which had nested around Lake Amik until it dried up in the 1960s, and the Bald Ibis, which has ceased to reproduce naturally in Turkey.

Also severely threatened is the White-headed duck, listed as an endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Professor Kiziroğlu has thus urged Turkish officials toward preventive measures such as halting the draining of important wetlands.

With our thanks to Professor Kiziroğlu for your research calling attention to this sad predicament being endured by our avian friends. Let us do our utmost to protect the endangered birds and all animals through our more sustainable lifestyles in cooperation with one another.

During an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with concern for the future of our animal inhabitants as she reminded of humanity's responsibility to care for the environment we share with all fellow beings.

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.

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Steep global temperature increase from continued fossil fuel burning



Dr. Jeffrey Kiehl of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) headed a study of how the Earth's past climate might forecast the future due to climate change. He estimated that if the current rate of burning fossil fuels were to continue to the end of this century, concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere would reach around 900 to 1,000 parts per million, compared to pre-industrial levels of 280 and 390 today.

If CO2 concentrations of that magnitude are reached, it could take tens of thousands of years for it to be removed by natural processes. The last time CO2 concentrations were so high was 30 to 100 million years ago, when temperatures were also much higher. Dr. Kiehl estimates that the global average temperature under this scenario would reach around 16 degrees Celsius higher than in pre-industrial times.

He stated, “If we don't start seriously working toward a reduction of carbon emissions, we are putting our planet on a trajectory that the human species has never experienced. We will have committed human civilization to living in a different world for multiple generations.”

Dr. Kiehl and associates at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, we appreciate these insights, despite their troubling implications. May this dire potential scenario for the Earth and her inhabitants motivate us toward choices that ensure a livable future for all beings. As during this October 2009 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai has often explained scientific findings that also point to a solution to the global warming problem.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Carbon dioxide takes many decades to leave our atmosphere, but methane has a lifetime of about 12 years only.

Therefore, it's more effective and smart for us to focus on methane first, and to do that we have to stop its number one source, the meat industry. And for that, we must change our diet.

Also, when we plant organic the organic farming will also absorb another 40%, at least, of the carbon dioxide in the air already.

Then we will be singing, our world will be saved. Our children will continue to live in this home forever.

http://www2.ucar.edu/news/3628/earth-s-hot-past-could-be-prologue-future-climate
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-earth-hot-prologue-future-climate.html

February 11, 2011

Aspen tree die-off linked to disease also deadly to humans



Scientists have found that recent widespread losses of delicate aspen trees across the western part of the United States due to a mysterious syndrome called “sudden aspen decline,” have led to disruptions in the surrounding ecosystems.

Lead researcher Dr. Erin Lehmer of Fort Lewis College in Colorado, USA studied wildlife in regions where the aspen trees were healthy versus areas affected by die offs. With the diminished forests unable to support as much diversity, certain animals such as deer mice have become more prevalent.

This in turn has increased the spread of the sin nombre virus that these animals carry. Sin nobre virus is sadly lethal to about one-third of the humans who fall ill by unknowingly inhaling fumes from infected mice urine or saliva.

According to Dr. Lehmer, the trees' decline has likely been caused by climate change, with a severe drought in the past two decades that could be making the forests more susceptible to various types of disease. Our appreciation, Dr. Lehmer and colleagues for highlighting the interdependence of environmental and human health through this worrying case.

May such research help us to make better choices to restore the health of all plants and animals on our planet. During an August 2008 videoconference in Canada, Supreme Master Ching Hai responded with concern and constructive insight to another forest decline situation in Canada that was also linked to climate change.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: My goodness! We are trying hard to do something, and nature itself is doing something else also. Looks like we keep racing forever. So the only thing is we have to be morally fit, and have to be virtuous. Otherwise, there's no getting away from the retribution for whatever we do, as you can see that.

If the governments already know the problem with the forest, then I'm sure they will mobilize many forces in the population or in a governmental force, to plant some more trees.

Of course, plant trees is good, but I don't know if we have enough time to keep planting trees.

The only refuge would be the virtues, the noble way of living that we have to adhere to Heaven's standard of life. Otherwise, no matter what solution, there will be some other consequences coming.

Everywhere there's something that happens, then we cannot compete with nature forever, except we are listening to her call to live in harmony with all beings. To live and let live, be vegetarian and be green. That's the utmost solution. That's the most important solution that we must take. And planting trees and all that is secondary.

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/68478/title/Aspens_bust,_diseased_mice_boom
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/01/07/Tree-die-off-presents-human-health-risk/UPI-21551294448099/

Greenland melting at record pace



A recent report published in the US-based Environmental Research Letters states that 530 gigatons of ice melted into the world's oceans in 2010, more than twice the annual average of 285 gigatons per year for the past 30 years.

Led by Dr. Marco Tedesco of City College New York in the USA, an international team of scientists found that the ice disappearing in 2010 exceeded a previous record set in 2007. Scientists have already noted that if the entire Greenland ice sheet were to melt, it could trigger a seven meter sea level rise that would submerge coastal cities around the globe.

Researchers concur that the main cause is climate change, with Greenland temperatures in 2010 being 3 degrees Celsius higher than previous summer averages, and the capital city Nuuk experiencing the warmest spring and summer since record- keeping began in 1873. The region also saw a combination of warm weather and lower-than- average snowfall with stretches of bare ice, which is less reflective than snow and thus absorbs more heat from the sun's rays. Speaking of the rapid warming process, Dr. Tedesco stated, “Everything adds up to accelerate things.”

We appreciate this report, Dr. Tedesco and international colleagues, that highlights the imperiled future of Greenland and the world's coastlines. May humanity quickly awaken to the importance of adopting planet-cooling practices in time to preserve ecosystems conducive to human survival.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently warned of the immeasurable dangers posed by climate change-induced ice melt, as during a March 2009 videoconference in California, USA, when she also offered the most effective solution.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: predicted that one meter sea level rise would be very catastrophic already and causing a lot of people to lose their homes.

But scientists have learned that Greenland and western Antarctica and eastern Antarctica are all melting now which had not been a factor before. Based on these findings, one scientist said

If all Antarctica were to melt, then the sea level could rise up to 70 meters! So, there's no way we can run away from this except we turn to a virtuous way of life; then we are connected with Heaven because Heaven is virtuous and love and blessing.

I see no other way we can protect ourselves at all.

http://www.france24.com/en/20110121-record-melt-greenland-icesheet-2010
http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/21/21climatewire-greenlands-ice-feels-the-heat-in-record-sett-93789.html

February 10, 2011

2010 the world's warmest year on record



In a report released on Wednesday, January 26, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record. Land and surface water temperatures in both years were 0.62 degrees Celsius higher than the 20th century average, making this the 34th consecutive year that the Earth's average temperatures were increased in this way.

In the Atlantic Ocean, 12 hurricanes and 19 named storms marked the second highest number of hurricanes and third highest occurrences of storms. Unusually strong jet streams from June to August 2010 led to a devastating heat wave in Russia and massive floods in Pakistan. Record severe weather events have continued into 2011 with flood tragedies elsewhere on the globe, such as in Australia. Meteorology Professor David Karoly (PhD) of the University of Melbourne explained how climate change is behind this established global pattern of such traumatic incidents.

Prof. David Karoly (M): The rainfall we've seen is in fact record high rainfall, not only in Queensland but also in Victoria and New South Wales. We've seen already that these increases in extreme flooding and other extreme weather events not only in Australia but also in Brazil, in Pakistan, in Sri Lanka at present.

They're all indications that the higher moisture levels in the atmosphere, the increases in global average temperatures are already causing increases in extreme weather events around the world. So we're already seeing significant loss of life from these flooding events, but we've seen also loss of life associated with the record heat waves in Moscow in 2010 and in southeastern Australia in 2009. That indicates that action on climate change is urgent.

Supreme Master TV(F): What are the solutions to lessen these types of flooding events and the drier weather and just climate change in general?

Prof. David Karoly (M): So if we want to slow down the increases in extreme weather events and slow down the rate of climate change, we know exactly what we have to do. We know that we can change from using fossil fuels for driving industry to renewable energy sources. We also know that we can reduce agricultural emissions and reduce deforestation by changing to a low-emission agricultural practices, like moving from animal agriculture to moving to crops and vegetarian diets.

VOICE: While such findings are disturbing, we are thankful to Professor Karoly and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for charting the intensifying course of climate change. May humanity awaken to this reality and halt further tragedies by adopting sustainable lifestyles that are more in harmony with nature.

During a May 2008 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed her concern for worsening global warming-related disasters as she spoke of steps that could effectively mitigate them.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: You see, we have more disasters nowadays, and it saddens my heart very much. I keep trying to tell everyone to minimize it. From individual standpoint, just stay away from animal products, plant trees, use sustainable energy.

Actually, I hope that there is no disaster. I hope that humans decide right now to just stop all the unnecessary habits that they are living with and change into the better one, the more noble one, a noble lifestyle. Then, we don't have to worry about the aftermath. The climate will change for the better, we will live on, we will still have the planet, and they'll become wiser and better, more virtuous and more blessed, and peace will reign on Earth for a long, long time.

http://www.france24.com/en/20110112-2010-warmest-year-record-canada
http://www.france24.com/en/20110112-2010-ties-2005-warmest-year-record-us