April 29, 2011

The Alps has the thinnest snow cover ever recorded for April

In the European Alps, ski resorts report a disastrous end to the winter season, with 80% less snow than average and one town, Bourg St. Maurice in France, reporting record temperatures of 28.6 degrees Celsius.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/8463600/Alps-records-worst-snowfall-ever.html
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/241972/Snow-go-for-ski-holidays-in-Alps

Monaco’s famous Villa Girasole reveals new eco look

The Riviera Times reports that His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco unveils new solar panels on the roof of Villa Girasole, the headquarters of his charitable foundation, providing power for a 1,200 square-meter office space occupied by 25 staff.

http://www.rivieratimes.com/index.php/monaco-article/items/monacos-famous-villa-girasole-reveals-new-eco-look-1104.html

Peru volunteers work with community kids for Earth Day

During an Earth Day event held in a less fortunate neighborhood of San Juan de Miraflores in Peru's Lima Province, organized by groups Beyond Volunteering and ANIA, volunteers partner with local children to raise eco-awareness and beautify the community by planting trees, painting, and cleaning.

http://www.livinginperu.com/news-14638-environmentnature-peru-volunteers-work-with-community-kids-earth-day
http://www.livinginperu.com/beyond/blog/?p=11

Other News:

Apparently poisoned by domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by algal blooms that have proliferated with climate change, beached dolphins, sea lions, fish and other marine animals have been found perished along the shores of southern California, USA having suffered seizures before they died due to the effects of the toxic acid.

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/227421-California-Dead-dolphins-and-sea-lions-along-coast
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dolphins-296907-acid-beach.html

April 28, 2011

Wild flower re-planting to boost bee numbers

In the UK, a £60,000 pilot project is being launched in Yorkshire to support farmers and other landowners in sowing wildflowers along roadsides, fields and houses to create a network of green, pollination-friendly corridors known as "bee roads."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8442926/Wild-flower-re-planting-to-boost-bee-numbers.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_9450000/newsid_9455400/9455487.stm?ls

Taiwanese national treasures sika deer and serow arrive in China

A pair of critically endangered sika deer, whose names together mean "Dotted Star" along with two rare goat-like serows named "Joyful" arrive in mainland China's eastern Shandong Province as a friendship gift from Formosa (Taiwan) to reside and hopefully thrive in the region's Liugongdao National Forest.

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201104160014
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-04/16/c_13831836.htm

April 26, 2011

Asian unicorn reserve created to protect unique species

The World Wildlife Fund and Quảng Nam Provincial Forest Protection Department in Âu Lạc (Vietnam) create a Saola Natural Reserve in the Annamite Mountains along the border with Laos to protect the endangered and elusive animal also known as the Asian unicorn, as well as the area’s other unique species.

Supreme Master Ching Hai is sending a special letter of thanks to the World Wildlife Fund and Quảng Nam Provincial Forest Protection Department in Âu Lạc, as well as offering a US$10,000 contribution for their noble cause.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/asian-unicorn-reserve-created-to-protect-mysterious-species
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/13/reserve-established-for-one-of-worlds-rarest-animals/

International Year of Forests 2011

The first International Year of Forests, launched by the United Nations to raise awareness of the forests' vital importance and the urgent need to conserve them, is being commemorated with events such as massive tree plantings worldwide to improve sustainable development and preservation.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/173873.html
http://www.justmeans.com/press-releases/International-Year-of-Forests-2011/7077.html
http://www.bayjournal.com/article.cfm?article=4065
http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/

April 25, 2011

Palm oil company gives up land contested by local communities

Following negotiations with members of the indigenous communities in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, palm oil company PT Agro Wiratama announces plans to return 1,000 hectares of its 9,000-hectare allowance back to the community for their continued sustainable development.

target="_blank">http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/palm-oil-rspo/news/2011/03/precedent-land-deal-palm-oil
target="_blank">http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0321-agro_wiratama_palm_oil.html

Cuba faces worst water shortage in 50 years

Lengthy drought conditions in Havana, Cuba have diminished fresh water supplies so severely that the region is now experiencing its worst water shortage in 50 years, with over 1 million people affected.

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=391553&CategoryId=14510

April 21, 2011

More algae biodiversity cleans streams

Illustrating the importance of biodiversity, a study conducted by ecologist Brad Cardinale of the University of Michigan in the USA finds that habitats containing eight different species of algae removed the pollutant nitrate from the water 4.5 times faster than streams containing just one.

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110406/full/news.2011.216.html?s=news_rss
http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0407-hance_water_biodiversity.html

Floods and drought affect Thailand

On Tuesday, April 12, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that four provinces in the south of the nation were still flooded after heavy rains starting in March claimed 61 lives and destroyed over 500 homes, with damage to more than 10,000 others.

As floodwaters recede throughout six other provinces, reconstructive efforts have begun, and the Federation of Thai Industries announced that the cost of this disaster may be as high as US$333 million.

Meanwhile, extreme drought conditions continue to afflict northern regions of the country, with some that have been ongoing for over a decade. At present, across the 47 north and northeastern provinces that are enduring dry conditions, almost 30,000 villages are affected.

We pray for the soon recuperation of the graceful Thai people as we express our sorrow over the lives lost. May our planetary home soon regain its nurturing balance through humanity’s increased awareness to safeguard the environment.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often spoken about ways to curb the worsening of climate change, as during a December 2010 interview with “El Quintanarroense” newspaper in Mexico.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7348281.html
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7348297.html
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/12/Thailand-floods-cause-major-damage
/UPI-63661302615934/

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/10/61-dead-in-Thailand-flooding/UPI-19541302438986/

April 19, 2011

42nd US president speaks about climate change

During a recent conference of the Clinton Global Initiative at the University of California, San Diego in California, USA, former US President Bill Clinton candidly shared his concerns about global warming in a press conference.

Mr. Clinton is the founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which promotes international causes such as AIDS prevention and climate change solutions. This Clinton Global Initiative conference brought together thousands of members of the public along with supportive celebrities such as singer Mandy Moore, and actors Drew Barrymore and Sean Penn.

Bill Clinton – 42nd US President (M): I think the manifestations of climate change in all probability will be the biggest environmental issue everywhere. I think there will be, in many parts of the world, major conflicts over water. And I think there will be food production issues. The previous decade had triple the number of, in dollar terms, losses from natural disasters of any previous decade, as measured by payouts on insurance policies. We are now getting to the point where some of these things may not be insurable anymore.

VOICE: Mr. Clinton further responded to a question from Supreme Master Television regarding the effectiveness of addressing livestock production as a rapid solution to mitigate global warming. In late 2010, His Excellency had adopted a near-vegan diet that he said has greatly improved his health.

Bill Clinton (M): Methane, which is produced by two sources primarily, from animal waste and urban garbage dumps, takes 12 years to fully disperse in the atmosphere, but by contrast, carbon dioxide can take 50-100 years to disperse in the atmosphere. So, just in the last two months, climate change scientists have concluded that while looking at all their data about the destruction of the planet, we still need to try to reduce aggregate greenhouse gases 80% by 2050. We all know it’s going to be hard to do with the population growing and with the technology still emerging.

VOICE: Going on to speak about solutions, Mr. Clinton described more of the recent studies that have pointed to other factors besides carbon dioxide as effective ways to address global warming.

Bill Clinton (M): So this report that came out in the last couple months said, However, if you went after the two most potent, quickly dispersing forms of greenhouse gases, methane and its variants, and black carbon, and you made an aggressive effort to get rid of them, or went way down, then you might buy the entire world another 20 years to deal with the larger issue.

It’s because it’s so much cheaper to go after black carbon and methane, relatively speaking, than to change the whole structure by which carbon dioxide goes in the atmosphere. And I’ve spent a lot of time trying to do that.

VOICE: We appreciate Your Excellency Mr. Bill Clinton for your philanthropic endeavors, including those directed toward addressing climate change by reducing the warming agents that are also tied to animal raising. May we similarly join in efforts to such effective policies and lifestyles to restore the balance of our Earth.

During a December 2010 press conference after the United Nations Climate Change summit in Cancún, Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke about the urgency of eliminating short-lived warming substances to more quickly cool the atmosphere.

Supreme Master Ching Hai (Vegan) Press conference with Mexican media members Cancún, Mexico – December 18, 2010

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Scientists are now saying that we must take advantage of shorter-lived emissions like methane — which heats the atmosphere 100 times more than CO2 but disappear quickly, in 9 or 12 years, while black carbon (or soot) disappears within a few weeks. We are living the worst-case scenario and the scientists are crying, crying out for us to hit the emergency brake now, and hard.

So it’s the emergency brake that we need, and the place to start is the livestock industry. Stop livestock industry then consequently we stop like 91% of the warming effect. 91%.

Therefore, respected journalists, ladies and gentlemen, your noble mission is not only to save this planet but also to restore the benevolence of the humans’ heart. We must shape our future on virtue and compassion. Then, all generations hereafter shall thrive and flourish.

http://sandiegonewsroom.com/news/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43415:claire-harlin-
writing-for-sdnewscom&catid=37:air&Itemid=56

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-climate-initiative/our-approach/cities/waste

April 18, 2011

Investment growing in green energy worldwide

According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), global investment in clean energy projects increased by 30% in 2010 compared to the previous year. As much as US$243 billion was invested in alternative energy sources over the course of 2010, a significant rise from the US$186 billion of 2009.

The WEF also foresees further strong growth in the coming years, especially as sustainable energy sources reach a level of market appeal that they continue to grow, without the need for support from government subsidies. This has already happened in areas such as geothermal and wind energy, with others expected to join soon.

Our appreciation, World Economic Forum for this encouraging report on the rising role of clean energy sources. As we seek to swiftly restore the balance of the ecosphere, let us adopt more and more of these and other such planet-saving solutions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12910298
http://www.newenergyworldnetwork.com/renewable-energy-news/by-technology/energy-efficiency/global-cleantech-investing-up-30-in-2010.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-01/low-carbon-world-needs-500-billion-a-year-to-slow-warming-wef-says.html

Nepalese Apa Sherpa on quest to clean up Everest

Nepalese Apa Sherpa, who has ascended Mount Everest a record 20 times, is leading a team of 58 people to collect garbage in base camps as part of a campaign to promote conservation and eco-friendly climbing.

http://www.france24.com/en/20110406-super-sherpa-everest-cleaning-climb
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/2025800/sherpa_on_quest_to_clean_up_everest/

Penguin rescue efforts after south Atlantic oil spill

A rescue operation is working to save endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins in the British Tristan da Cunha archipelago, a set of islands halfway between Africa and Argentina where an oil spill from a freighter that ran aground has already claimed the lives of about 300 penguins.

The islands are home to the second largest population of seabirds in the world, including nearly half of all the known Rockhoppers, which have declined 90% in numbers since the 1950s.

Rescue workers are using inflatable boats and vessels to ferry the penguins to rehabilitation centers on the main Tristan da Cunha island. Nearly 5,000 of a total estimated 10,000 oiled penguins have been transported, where rescuers and conservationists from groups like the Ocean Foundation are quickly trying to clean the penguins.

Environmental cleanup is also an urgent necessity, because even the birds successfully released to the sea will return to the islands in a few months.

We thank the rescue team members for your loving efforts as well as the hospitable islanders for opening your doors to welcome humans and recovering animals alike.
Our prayers for the protection of the rare Rockhopper penguins and their fellow sea bird friends as we strive to regard with greater care the fragile habitat of our fellow beings.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/04/02/atlantic.penguin.rescue.operation/index.html?hpt=T2
http://rt.com/news/line/2011-04-03/#id6961

April 15, 2011

Delhi announces blanket ban on plastic bags

In a move to make Delhi a plastic-free city, the government of India's capital city has imposed a complete ban on the manufacture, sale, storage and use of plastic.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Green-activists-welcome-Delhi-ban-on-plastic-bags/articleshow/7874880.cms
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/govt-gets-serious-announces-blanket-ban-on-plastic-bags/771688/
http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=29598§ionid=1

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tries out the nation's first ever hybrid vehicle

Test driving the nation's first ever hybrid vehicle, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tries out the Yo-mobile developed by Russia-based Yarovik Company, which will be priced at approximately US$12,000 upon its release to the market readiness in 2012.

http://rt.com/politics/putin-drives-yo-car/
http://en.rian.ru/video/20110401/163327391.html
http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=16110093&PageNum=0

His Holiness the Dalai Lama concern for the melting of the Tibetan glaciers

His Holiness the Dalai Lama conveys serious concern for the melting of the Tibetan glaciers, a source of water for millions, citing Chinese experts who say that they are retreating more quickly than anywhere else on the globe.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_INDIA_DALAI_LAMA_ECOLOGY?SITE=INEVA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/02/tibetan-glaciers-melting-dalai-lama_n_844002.html

April 12, 2011

Global warming is causing cyclones to become more intense

Climate scientist Dr. Kevin Walsh (PhD) from Australia’s University of Melbourne states that global warming is causing cyclones to become more intense and to move further south, bringing concern to Australians already ravaged by two such storms this year.

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/04/02/157205_cyclone.html

India is promoting the nation's Eco-Village Program

India’s Minister of State for Rural Development Jayant Patil is promoting the nation's Eco-Village Program, where communities that commit to tree planting and other ecological measures receive extra funds, with benefits that include both prosperous and sustainable communities as well as increased regional tree cover.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article1515175.ece?homepage=true
http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/28/stories/2011022858031400.htm

New Zealand plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half

New Zealand announces plans to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2050 through improvements to home insulation, investing in solar water heating systems and promoting clean electric transportation.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2011/03/31/New-Zealand-to-slash-emissions-by-half/UPI-26211301592818/
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10716232

April 11, 2011

USA, scientists develop a battery that can generate electricity from water

At Stanford University, USA, scientists develop a battery that can generate electricity from the difference in salinity between fresh water and seawater, with estuaries around the world being ideal sites for sustainable power generation.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/03/29/Battery-makes-electricity-from-water/UPI-47921301443030/#ixzz1I7NbCd5e
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9001101029

UN report: Cities are emitting 70% of greenhouse gas emissions

With more than 50% of the world’s population living in urban areas emitting 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, a new UN report states that it is vital for cities to respond to the impacts of climate change and support policies to reduce global warming.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12881779
http://www.unhabitat.org/downloads/docs/GRHS2011/P1HotCities.pdf

April 7, 2011

Mysterious mass animals deaths in review

Early in March, workers cleared thousands of fish carcasses from Thiền Quang Lake in Hà Nội, Âu Lạc (Vietnam) after the aquatic life perished en masse for reasons that experts said may have been related to climate or pollution.

Unexplainable, sudden animal deaths have tragically persisted in a pattern that was first noted in late December 2010 when around 5,000 blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky in Arkansas, USA.

In January and February, at least 27 incidents of mass deaths were reported in countries such as Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, USA, Sweden, Romania, Italy, India, Âu Lạc (Vietnam), New Zealand, Kenya, and Brazil. The animals that perished included more than 700 African grey parrots in South Africa; thousands of turtle doves in Italy; two million fish in Chesapeake Bay, USA; 62 tons of fish in Âu Lạc (Vietnam), and 43 dolphins in the US Gulf of Mexico, many of whom were just babies.

The sudden fatalities continued into March, with a record number of 400 pilot whales found dead on the shores of the Falkland Islands; 10,000 cows suddenly perished in Âu Lạc (Vietnam); millions of sardines in Redondo Beach, California, USA; 16 swans in Dublin, Ireland; 30 melon-head whales in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan; and thousands of squid in River Derwent of Tasmania, Australia.

While the causes for many of these sad events remain a mystery, some possible explanations are being offered by scientists and animal telepathic communicators. In the case of the millions of lifeless sardines that filled Redondo Harbor in California, USA, the cause of death was identified as oxygen deprivation due to their excessive crowding in the harbor, which scientists said may have come after they were disoriented from ingesting the poisonous neurotoxin domoic acid, which came from toxic algae in the ocean waters.

Supreme Master Television also spoke with vegan telepathic animal communicator Claudia Hehr, who, like others in her field, pointed out that some of these tragic en masse animal deaths have been intentional and actually have human behavior at their root.

Claudia Hehr - Canadian-German telepathic animal communicator; vegan (F): When I asked the animals like the fish, the crabs, and the birds with the mass dying why they decided to move on, to leave their physical body and this Earth, they said it was because the world is too polluted. So they have chosen to leave. And when I asked what they would like to tell humanity or what message they have, they said that they really would like us to clean up the Earth, to not pollute the Earth so much anymore.

VOICE: While we mourn this devastating and sudden loss of vulnerable animal life, we are thankful for these scientific and spiritual insights about their cause. May we heed such messages and act swiftly to protect the environment so that all beings may thrive together.

During a July 2008 videoconference with our Association members in Germany, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared an understanding of the animals' awareness of what is occurring to themselves and the world around them.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: They don’t worry about climate change; they don’t worry about their own safety or anything like that. They’re more worried about how humans are degrading themselves, mirrored in the climate tragedy and the damage of the environment and maybe the destruction of the whole planet.

The animals worry about that, the degradation, the destruction of humans’ noble quality.

They try to tell us over centuries that we should live a noble life, the life according to Jesus’ teaching and Buddha’s doctrine, but very few listen. They still say the same; they say what I say: Be Veg, Go Green. Save your souls.

http://vn.news.yahoo.com/vne/20110307/tpl-ca-chet-trang-tren-ho-thien-quang-50f20d3.html
http://vnexpress.net/gl/xa-hoi/2011/03/ca-chet-trang-tren-ho-thien-quang/
http://www.baomoi.com/Ca-chet-noi-trang-ho-Thien-Quang/141/5819682.epi
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/03/15/california.fish.kill/

April 6, 2011

Scientists unveil a new artificial leaf

Scientists at the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveil a new artificial leaf fashioned from inexpensive materials, designed to make homes especially in developing countries into self-sufficient power stations, with a process so efficient that one leaf placed in a gallon of water in bright sunlight can produce enough electricity for a day's needs.

For this remarkabe innovation, Supreme Master Ching Hai is honoring the Massachusetts Institute of Technology research team with the Shining World Inventor Award.

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-03-debut-artificial-leaf.html

April 5, 2011

Second solar plant to open in Tibet

Estimated to complete in June 2011, a second solar power plant has begun construction in Sangri County of Tibet to help ease local power shortages by providing more than 20 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/98649/7329105.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20046125-54.html

Drought hitting 47 provinces in Thailand

The Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation declares hundreds of districts across 47 provinces in Thailand as drought disaster zones, affecting over 6 million people and causing problems with water scarcity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/228741/drought-hitting-47-provinces

Jatropha biofuel is not actually beneficial to the environment

A study by South Africa-based organization ActionAid shows that jatropha weed, planted in Asia as a non-food-based biofuel, is not actually beneficial to the environment, as it emits up to 6 times more greenhouse gas emissions than its fossil fuel counterparts.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8398320/Jatropha-biofuel-produces-six-times-greenhouse-gas-emissions-of-fossil-fuels.html

Bolivian Presidente Urges to Tackle Climate Change

Bolivian President Evo Morales announces that US$10 million is being allocated to finance programs for some 300 communities to implement water conserving measures that help maintain food security and safeguard against the effects of climate change.

http://www.plenglish.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=274738&Itemid=1

April 4, 2011

First-hand experience makes people care more about climate change

Showing how first-hand experience can affect perception, new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that people in the UK who have personally faced situations of flooding express greater concern about climate change and are more willing to make adjustments to halt the process.

http://news.discovery.com/human/experience-climate-change-110321.html
http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate1059.html

Black carbon is accelerating snow melt in the Himalayan glaciers

US researchers find that black carbon, a component of atmospheric soot that is emitted from sources such as cook stoves, diesel engines and coal-fired electric power plants, may be accelerating snow melt in places like the Himalayan glaciers even faster than greenhouse gases.

http://www.scidev.net/en/news/sooty-himalayan-snow-warms-climate-alters-
monsoons-.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=en_news

http://acjnewsline.org/?p=4297