Stream and forest ecosystems endangered by climate change - 26 Aug 2009  
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Stream and forest ecosystems endangered by climate change.
A study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US found that a rare Arctic air mass that froze leaves in April 2007 caused the stream beneath the trees to receive more exposure to sunlight.

This in turn increased the spring growth of aquatic algae, bacteria, snails and other organisms.
However, global warming is causing forest plants and trees to leaf earlier, thus obstructing this seasonal development of biodiversity.

Study author Dr. Patrick Mulholland cautioned that the continuation of such a trend could cause serious disruption to entire ecosystems because the aquatic life no longer receives the timely warmth and stimulation of direct sunlight.

Dr. Patrick Mulholland and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers, we are grateful for your detailed observations.

May people quickly heed such warning signs and turn to more considerate, eco-friendly ways to preserve our Earth’s beautiful biodiversity.

Speaking once again in concern for the fragile state of the planet, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded of humanity’s role in conserving nature during the July 2008 Heart-Touch Tour videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan).

Supreme Master Ching Hai:Everyone knows by now that protecting the environment, protecting the animals, are actually protecting ourselves. So we must protect the environment.

We should have more rules, more guidelines, to protect natural habitats. Because sometimes we overlook the long run effect.

Then the consequence is very, very detrimental to ourselves and to the planet, just like what we are facing right now.

People must be more aware of our dire situation and that everyone’s responsible action does help to minimize or stop global warming. We should act fast. Be veg. Go green.

US federal judge rules chicken waste can be regulated as pollution.
Oklahoma State Attorney General Drew Edmondson raised concerns that the 345,000 tons of raw chicken sewage dumped by chicken farms in Oklahoma and Arkansas were the equivalent of untreated sewage from nearly 11 million people and were dirtying Oklahoma’s once-pristine rivers and lakes.

Oklahoma Federal Judge Gregory Frizzell agreed with the state attorney general in a ruling that said the excessive application of chicken waste could be regulated as pollution under federal anti-pollution laws.
Attorney General Edmondson, Oklahoma state and the Honorable Judge Frizzell, our sincere thanks for your concern and just ruling.

May all states be encouraged to act similarly in protecting the environment and the public from the health hazards of animal farming.

Cuba’s youths protect sea turtles.
Students and teachers from University of Havana are now monitoring and protecting four species of sea turtles and their nesting grounds at the Guanahacabibes peninsula in western Cuba.

To keep a closer watch, camps near the turtles' popular places have been established along with night excursions to check on their safety.

Bravo, University of Havana students and staff for your dedicated efforts to protect our marine friends.
With Heaven’s grace and your care for them, may the serene sea turtles flourish always.

Extra News
As part of a Greenpeace Solar Generation project, youth participants in Kenya install solar panels on the Senator Barack Obama School in Kogelo village, as well as on the house of the US president’s grandmother, Sarah Obama.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago in Illinois, USA launches a Green Ramadan campaign that encourages adoption of eco-friendly lifestyle changes, including reduced meat consumption.