Scientists say extreme winter weather fits global warming.
According to the assessment of both US and European researchers, the frigidly cold weather and massive storm systems that occurred this past winter throughout the US and Europe were all part of a warming climate.
Frank Boettcher, Director of the German Institute for Weather and Climate Communication, stated, “Right now, temperatures in Greenland are 15 degrees Celsius above the season's long-term average.”
He went on to say that even with the cold temperatures in Central and Northern Europe, German weather statistics reveal an average temperature that is at least one degree Celsius higher than 100 years ago.
Moreover, a 2009 US Climate Impacts Report stated that global warming has caused large cold weather systems to move northward, with mid-latitude storms decreasing in frequency but rising in intensity as the hotter air retains more moisture, resulting in the release of enormous amounts of snowfall.
Satellite data in fact showed that the two large winter storms that recently impacted the US occurred during the warmest winter on record for the region. Director Boettcher and other European and US scientists, we are grateful for your insights that remind us of the perilous state of our ecosphere.
Let us all do our utmost to restore planetary stability by acting now in united and Earth-supporting ways.
As during a January 2009 videoconference in Mongolia, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often emphasized the real urgency of global warming and our actions that can quickly counter it.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: We are already facing so many untold natural disasters on a daily basis such as earthquakes, severe storms never seen before, volcanoes, ice melting and many island nations that have sunk under the water already and many are sinking. http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ips/413529ce1db520b7851406f69fd669fd.htm http://www.whitefieldconsulting.com/wordpress/?p=2463 http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1962294,00.html http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/science/earth/11climate.html http://www.globalchange.gov/publications/reports/scientific-assessments/us-impacts/full-report/about-this-report United Nations Environment Program sponsors the Nairobi Convention.
And the climate has become very, very strange, like it became warm where it should be cold and it became cold where it should be hot. And this can only be alleviated through a return to the ancient ways of our wiser elders, one that exists in harmony with nature and respect of other beings, a true brotherhood of love with all.
We can still do that; it’s not too late.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: We should remind everyone to be veg, to invoke the mercy of the Buddhas, and we will be better protected.
The Sixth Conference of Parties (COP-6) to the Nairobi Convention was held this past week in Kenya’s capital, where environment ministers of 10 African countries sharing the Western Indian Ocean gathered to discuss how to better manage coastal and water resources.
The region’s rich ecosystem of mangrove forests, sea grass beds, coral reefs and over 11,000 species of plants and animals, has been unfortunately degraded by human activities resulting in high amounts of pollution.
With participants’ agreement that over 80% of coastal environmental contamination originates from East African land activities, two initiatives were launched by the meeting’s conclusion: a protection protocol and an action program, both of which seek to restore the marine ecosystem.
Assisting in the goal are the Global Environment Fund and Norway, donating US$8 million to the project and the United Nations donating US$3 million.
Many thanks and Heaven bless Global Environment Fund, Norway, United Nations Environment Program and all participants of the Nairobi Convention for this important dialog and encouraging initiatives.
Through such noble leadership, may the precious Western Indian Ocean ecosystem be preserved to share her beauty for many years to come. http://www.coastweek.com/3313-ocean.htm http://www.namnewsnetwork.org/v2/read.php?id=115188
Scientists at US-based computer and technology company IBM announce the discovery of a method for creating biodegradable plastic that saves energy through the use of organic catalysts and can be repeatedly recycled for greater sustainability.http://www.france24.com/en/20100309-ibm-makes-earth-friendly-plastic-plants
In his new film “The Fourth Revolution – Energy Autonomy.” German film director Carl Fechner documents communities around the world that are demonstrating green success in adopting different forms of sustainable energy. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=german-film-offers-answer http://www.fastcompany.com/1603011/a-hopeful-response-to-gores-inconvenient-truth
Climate scientist Georgina Griffiths of New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research states that the country’s largest city of Auckland has experienced the driest three-month period since records began 50 years ago. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10634429 http://www.niwa.co.nz/
Conservations measures are being recommended following a study in western Canada’s Okanagan Valley that found the water supply to be the lowest per person in the nation, with climate change and high usage causing continued resource loss. http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/vernonmorningstar/opinion/89557287.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okanagan http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/pentictonwesternnews/news/89561242.html
China's state-owned leading food processor, the National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation, pledges full support for the "Low Carbon Family, Modern Lifestyle," including promotion of the plant-based diet in benefiting health and the planet. http://jiu.cenn.cn/info/nid_32204.html
Oscar award-winning Canadian film director James Cameron conveys the urgency of tackling climate change to avoid global suffering, noting the record success of his movie “Avatar” as evidence that the world is ready to take meaningful action. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/international/James_Cameron_warns_of_urgency_to_protect_environment.htmlhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8550154.stm
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that a lack of regulated standards for such terms as “free range” creates a falsely favorable impression for consumers who are unaware of the often-inhumane conditions and treatment experienced by the animals. http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2010/s2856547.htm