Global temperatures 'will rise 6C this century' - 13 Mar 2009  
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Global temperatures 'will rise 6C this century'
Global temperatures to rise much higher than were expected. Two thousand scientists and other dignitaries were gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week to learn of the latest climate change science at what experts are now calling the “End of the World” conference due to the alarming new data. One example included previous predictions of a 2 degree Celsius rise in the world’s temperature, which now appear to be severely underestimated. Conference organizer and University of Copenhagen Oceanography Professor Katharine Richardson stated, “We can forget about the 2 (degrees) C. We are now facing the situation where we have to avoid a 5-6 (degree) C rise in temperature.”

Dr. Katharine Richardson – Marine Biologist and Head of Climate Congress Steering Committee (F): The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations climate panel, got it right. And it turns out, we’re on their worst case trajectory or their worst case scenario that they defined, or maybe even worse. The good news is, it turns out that we have an awful lot of tools in our toolbox already that we can use to immediately begin to combat climate change.

VOICE: Supreme Master Television asked participating scientists what “tools” they believed are the most readily effective.

Dr. Dale Jamieson - Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, USA. Vegetarian (M): It’s only going to be solved if the people of the world demand a solution. And one way of demanding a solution is to begin by changing your own life and reducing your consumption. Reducing our meat is probably the single most effective thing that individuals can do immediately to reduce their greenhouse gas impact.

Dr. John Schellnhuber – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany (M): It would be one of the almost silver bullets, really. It would be very good for the planet.

VOICE: We are grateful, Professors Richardson, Jamieson, Schellnhuber, and all other scientist participants for alerting us to the frightening new data demonstrating the rapid pace of climate change – and for sharing with us the most effective solution. Through our combined efforts, may all people wake up to the need to act now by being veg to save the planet.

Rebroadcast of Live Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Premiere of “The Birds in My Life” – German Edition
October 18, 2008 - Germany

In a videoconference at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, marking the German language premiere of the #1 international bestseller, “The Birds in My Life,” the book’s author, Supreme Master Ching Hai, answered a question regarding how we can halt global warming.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Of course, climate change is the worst threat that we have right now for our planet. This is worse than war. This is worse than even any physical threat that we can imagine. Now, as you know, and many of the people who are knowledgeable know, that vegetarian diet, meaning animal-free product lifestyle, is the best way, the fastest to stop our disaster of global warming and the destruction of our planet. Please be a vegan.

Then we will keep this planet; not only will we keep this planet, but this planet will become more beautiful, more abundant, more glorious, more happy for everyone to enjoy.

Once-plentiful abalone put on endangered list
Black abalone placed on endangered list. Once plentiful in the waters off the coast of California, USA, the black abalone’s population has precipitously dropped due to fishing and the fatal “withering syndrome” disease. The latter, which causes the mollusk’s starvation, has been linked to the higher temperature waters of global warming.

United States government, we are grateful for your protection of the black abalone. Let us quickly transition to compassionate, green lifestyles to ensure the conservation of our vital marine co-inhabitants, as well as all life on Earth.

 Ban on cutting Chinar trees in Kashmir
Chinar trees now being saved in Kashmir. Dating back to ancient times, the Chinar tree is a venerated part of the culture of Kashmir, India. Thus, its recent widespread destruction raised concern among ecologists and environmentalists alike. Their advocacy helped lead to new policies recently passed by the state government, which not only prohibits harming the Chinar tree but requires permission for felling a tree, with five new ones that must be planted for every tree removed and approval necessary even for tree trimming.

Our gratitude, Kashmir, for your wise and noble measures to protect the Kashmir Valley’s symbolic tree. May the biodiversity of our planet flourish in abundance as we continue to evolve towards kinder, eco-friendly ways.

 Solar Energy in Venezuela

Venezuela’s expanding solar energy. As part of the country’s Energy Revolution program, the government is installing solar systems to provide electricity and water purification for over 500 communities, many of which are indigenous or located in isolated regions. Despite having some of the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is actively developing sustainable energy, with other projects including the replacement of 90 million incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. The government also plans to increase the number of clean energy cars this year.

Bravo Venezuela on your stellar advancements in green energy! Blessed be your nation and people in benefiting lives while striving to live in harmony with Mother Nature.