Ocean ‘dead zones’ are increasing.
Satellite data from a recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters showed that barren zones in the world’s oceans increased in one decade by around 5 million square kilometers, an area equivalent to about half the size of the United States.
These so-called “ocean deserts” appear very dark as they lack green chlorophyll from plankton.
As with their land counterparts, the deserts are also hotter than surrounding areas.
Animal agriculture is largely responsible for these regions that support no life, as fertilizers and manure make their way to the oceans, ultimately robbing it of oxygen and killing marine animals and plants in increasingly larger areas.
Many thanks scientists for this illuminating report, despite its disturbing implications. Let us all do our part to restore the oceans’ health especially by refraining from the harmful intake of animal products.
As part of her tireless efforts to save humanity and the planet, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of how best to address the seas’ dead zones during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Scientists are now concerned that dead zones like this will just continue to be more and more, get bigger and bigger, which of course is lethal for all life. So, this is a small but very good example of why we need to be vegan, to renew the rightful balance of life.Referencehttp://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/08/lifeless-ocean-deserts-expand-500000-square-kilometers-past-decade.phphttp://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/08/27/oecan-deserts.htmlhttp://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20090820/WCT01/908200346UN Chief warns time is running out on climate change.
And, of course, we also need to be organic vegan because so many of these dead zones are caused and made worse by chemical fertilizers that are primarily used for livestock feed. So, yes, be organic vegan.
Speaking at the Third World Climate Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented a much-disrupted vision of the future if nations do not unite now to implement strong measures in halting climate change.
He noted that only three months remain before the Copenhagen Conference in December and that increased melt from the Greenland ice cap is raising sea levels and threatens to alter the flow of the entire Gulf Stream.
The UN chief also said that the people who present the most frightening aspect of global warming are not the scientists who are reporting the findings, but rather those who state that their nation cannot or will not take action.
Our respectful accolades, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for your message of urgency. May all nations heed this warning now and act to preserve our planet for the future of all her inhabitants. Referencehttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/03/content_11992050.htmhttp://www.voanews.com/english/2009-09-03-voa27.cfmExtra News
The Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds reports that preservation measures have resulted in increased populations of the gannet bird at a Welsh reserve on an island off the coast of Pembrokeshire. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8235925.stm
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology reports winter temperatures 2.47 degrees Celsius above normal, making it the warmest winter on record. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8235111.stm
World Wildlife Fund-India and Tetra Pak partner for student and teacher training in Bangalore, India, with participants helping create the country’s first website dedicated to educating students about climate change. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/bangalore/Teachers-students-join-hands-to-fight-climate-change/articleshow/4969419.cms