Greenland melting faster than expected - 22 Jun 2009  
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Greenland melting faster than expected.

According to a new study led by Dr. Sebastian H. Mernild of the University of Alaska, USA, the melting of Greenland’s ice sheets could be responsible for nearly 25 percent of global sea level rise that has occurred in the past 13 years.

In the study, Dr. Mernild and fellow researchers from the United States, United Kingdom and Denmark found that the world’s seas are now rising by over 3 millimeters a year — a rate that is 50 percent faster than the average during the 20th century.

Ice melt in Greenland is of special concern as the Arctic country contains the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet. Besides affecting coastlines with rising sea levels, fresh water from the melting ice changes the salinity of the world’s oceans, affecting ocean currents and entire ecosystems.

Our sincere thanks, Dr. Mernild and colleagues for this urgent reminder of our need to immediately choose effective actions to cool the planet.

Let us all step together in making green-friendly choices to aid our own survival and that of the Earth.  

During a July 2008 videoconference in Japan, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again offered her insights for the benefit of humanity in speaking of the most important solution for global warming and its related effects.

Supreme Master Ching Hai : I think we’d better heed the warning of the scientists because otherwise it’s not just the ice melt, maybe we will melt also.

I hope not. I hope not! And we are working frantically toward saving the planet. So if we be vegetarian, our good karma of saving lives will in turn reward us with our lives saved.

That’s all I can say.And the more vegetarian people join us, the more time we will have. That is the thing. Well, green technology, planting trees does help, but this is very secondary, very little. But the vegetarian diet will help stop 80% of the global warming and save our lives.


Formosan (Taiwanese) mayor encourages veg for the planet.

Speaking on a famous talk show in an interview about his voiceover part in the Formosan version of the environmental film “Home,” Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin shared that a vegetarian lifestyle is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions and save the Earth.

He thus called on citizens to be more veg by beginning with one vegetarian meal a day. Commenting further on the movie “Home,” produced by French director Luc Besson, Mayor Hau Lung-Bin said that being veg leads directly to the sustainable goal of both environmental and personal health.

We respectfully applaud Your Excellency for your dedication to bringing this life- and Earth-saving message to the public. Wishing many people the inspiration of turning toward the organic plant-based diet to benefit themselves and the world.


Conference develops strategies to address climate change.

This past week, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) collaborated with the India-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to host a summit titled “High Level Dialogue: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific.” Dignitaries and experts from around the world gathered in Manila to discuss ways that
the Asia-Pacific region can cope with global warming.

The meeting was also intended to provide the Asia-Pacific countries’ contribution to present at the upcoming meeting in Denmark in December 2009, when global standards will be set for the successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

Among the guest speakers were United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who participated via video and Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General of TERI and Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI and Chairman IPCC, Vegetarian (M): Very soon the impacts of climate change will far exceed the capacity of human society to be able to absorb them. And therefore it’s essential that we bring about a process by which mitigation of emissions of greenhouse
gases take place rapidly and adequately.

VOICE: Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shared some of her nation’s initiatives in addressing the global crisis.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, The Philippines (F): I have created a presidential task force on climate change. And the chair of the taskforce is no other than myself.

VOICE: One of the main solutions to global warming is turning to a plant-based diet, as experts present confirmed.

Dr. Enebish Namjil, Executive Director of National Renewable Energy Centre of Mongolia (M): If we will become vegetarians, we will contribute a lot to the positive change of the climate.

Nitin Desai, Former Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, Member of the National Security Advisory Board and the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, India (M): Now there is a lot of evidence that vegetarianism is good. Not just for health but it is also for the environment.

VOICE: Our appreciation, Asian Development Bank and The Energy and Resources Institute, for hosting such a noble gathering in these urgent times.

We also thank Your Excellencies and all government officials, policy-members, and scientists for your participation in helping to alleviate the consequences of global warming.

May all people quickly act to resolve the plight of the Earth by turning to caring lifestyles such as the organic vegan diet.