Current emission goals put world on path for 3 degree temperature rise.
Using a combination of scientific sources, the United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper presented an overview of the effects of different global temperature increases. Starting with the minimum, it reported that an average rise of 1 degree Celsius is viewed as ideal and would ensure the survival of island nations such as Tuvalu. However, since this goal is considered impossible by many, scientists have called for a more realistic average increase of 2 degrees, which would still bring heat waves such as the one that cost tens of thousands of lives in Europe in 2003 as well as the collapse of Western Antarctica, leading to still-rising seas.
However, adding another degree for a 3-degree total temperature rise, which is forecast if nations continue with current emission reduction commitments only, could push global warming out of control, with billions of people forced to leave their lands. Without any mitigation whatsoever, researchers point to a 5 or more degree rise, which would drastically impact human populations.
Many thanks, scientists, journalists and Guardian newspaper for this informative overview, despite its alarming scenarios. Let us act in unity to create the safest and most planet-cooling future for ourselves and our children. As on many occasions, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with concern during an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong about the devastating effects of global warming, also suggesting the fastest
Supreme Master Ching Hai: A lot of the ecological and environmental 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, animals becoming extinct and many species gone forever and so on and so forth. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/18/copenhagen-five-climate-scenariosWorld Sustainable Capitals initiative launched.
But even though our time is running out, we do still have time to save this beautiful planet and restore it to its original splendor, or even more so if all turn to the vegan diet.
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, which put our world into the perilous situation of mass extinction, are from the livestock industry.
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.
Representing the capital city of Spain’s Catalonia region, a delegation of officials from Barcelona traveled to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, where they officially became the first city to join the World Sustainable Capitals (WSC) initiative. Begun by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi Council
for Economic Development, WSC is establishing a global alliance of municipalities to be guided in green planning by a network of leading experts.
Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development Deputy Director-general Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani stated that the project seeks to bridge disciplines for sustainable development that benefits all the participating cities.
Bravo Your Excellencies, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi and World Sustainable Capitals for this global green initiative. Wishing you abundant success in bringing the benefits and comfort of eco-living to urban residents across the globe. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?section=theuae&xfile=data/theuae/2009/december/theuae_december614.xmlExtra News
Brazilian researchers report a sharp decline in the Amazon’s humid air currents, also known as “flying rivers,” whose vital moisture is actually created by the trees and is thus being critically jeopardized by deforestation. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091217-amazon-flying-rivers-climate.html
Citing the success of a California, USA flood plain in use since the 1930s, scientists with US-based The Nature Conservancy recommend allowing rivers to naturally overflow into designated areas, saying that these would increase the resiliency of communities to climate change. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8406351.stm
An international team of scientists have photographed a pale pink fish (NFT Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis) residing at a depth of 7,560 meters in the Kermadec Trench near New Zealand, making them the deepest living fish ever spotted in the Southern hemisphere. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8353329.stm