Record heat in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
Seven western European nations from Spain to Russia have been placed under severe heat warnings this week, with temperatures expected to reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, straining health facilities and power supplies.
With temperatures noted to be up to eight degrees Celsius higher than normal across the continent, the World Meteorological Organization has issued extremely hot weather warnings for most of Spain and Belgium as well as the western half of Germany and parts of the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean, the United States East Coast is under the grip of a heat wave that has already claimed two lives and caused fires and power outages. Officials in locales such as New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have called on residents to conserve energy, stay hydrated, and check on vulnerable elderly neighbors and animal companions.
On the western coast of the United States, Washington and Oregon have also faced record-high temperatures recently, and even Canada to the north has reported near-record highs, with some municipalities in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec enveloped in unhealthy smog.
In Asia, wildfires have ignited in central Mongolia due to the prolonged heat and dry weather, claiming three lives and injured six others as of Tuesday, July 6.
Meanwhile, the Aulacese (Vietnamese) National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has reported temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius and the sparking of forest fires in northern and central regions with more of the same forecast for the near future.
In Formosa (Taiwan), this year's highest-ever temperatures have crowded hospitals and clinics with patients exhibiting heat-induced sicknesses and symptoms, with the number of stroke patients rising by up to 30%.
It saddens us to know of the lives lost to the extreme heat and we pray for the protection and resiliency of all those affected.
Our prayers that the equilibrium of our ecosphere may be restored as humanity strives to be more conscientious stewards on Earth. During a June 2009 climate change conference in Veracruz, Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with concern once again for the dangerous conditions
of global warming, while advising of the best action to halt climate change.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The past decade has twice, at least, seen the hottest average annual temperatures ever recorded in our planet’s history. So, we must cool the planet, first and foremost. And one of the most effective and fastest ways to reduce the heat in the atmosphere is to eliminate methane production. Methane not only traps up to 72 times more heat than carbon, it also goes away from the atmosphere much faster than CO2. http://www.connexionfrance.com/heatwave-alert-lyon-rhone-valley-france-high-temperatures-summer-11823-view-article.htmlhttp://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFLDE6670U420100708http://news.discovery.com/earth/heatwaves-they-dont-call-it-global-for-nothing.htmlhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-07/07/c_13387055.htm http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/queens/fdny-battles-fires-amid-heat-wave-20100707-akdhttp://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/07/08/heat.wave/index.html?iref=24hours&fbid=MkDy87-nV7Dhttp://www.euronews.net/2010/07/08/higher-temperatures-on-the-way-for-europe/26-hour record solar plane flight lands successfully.
We can start by cutting down on the biggest methane producer in the world, that is, animal raising. So, to cool the planet most quickly, we have to stop consuming meat in order to stop the livestock raising industry
If everyone in the world would adopt this simple but most powerful practice of an animal-free diet, then we could reverse the effect of global warming in no time.
On the morning of Thursday, July 8, the HB-SIA aircraft of the Swiss Solar Impulse project returned to the same airport from which it had embarked 26 hours earlier. With its most recent flight in April lasting for 87 minutes, this journey of more than a day was achieved as the aircraft gathered solar power through its 12,000 cells during daylight hours to then continue flying through the night without any external fuel.
Calling the flight “gorgeous,” pilot Andre Borschberg stated, “It was unbelievable, success better than we expected.” Swiss entrepreneur and Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard plans a zero-emission trans-Atlantic flight next, followed by a trip around the world by 2013, with the hope being to usher in an age of environmentally friendly air travel. Extra News
Our accolades, Mr. Piccard, pilot Borschberg and crew for the continued success of the Solar Impulse! We can’t wait for more updates as we look forward to travel that is evermore in harmony with nature. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/333786,lands-worlds-night-flight.html http://www.informationweek.com/news/infrastructure/WAN_file_services/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225702746&subSection=News
The city of Seattle, Washington, USA passes a measure requiring that disposable food service ware and packaging from restaurants and businesses no longer sent to landfills but instead is made of material that is either compostable or recyclable. http://earth911.com/news/2010/07/06/seattle-bans-single-use-restaurant-packaging-from-landfills/ http://www.foodbev.com/news/seattle-bans-single-use-restaurant-packaging-from-landfills
Community gardens, which are increasing in number in cities such as Paris, France provide the opportunity for people to sustainably grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as offering natural beauty and relaxation. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/333751,plots-rage-paris.html
Dutch researchers find that cycling is overall healthier than driving a car, not only for individuals who gain the benefits of exercise but for the community as a whole due to its reduced emissions and resulting fresher air. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2010/06/30/Study-Cycling-healthier-for-all/UPI-74251277949578/ http://www.topnews.in/regions/united-states