Global warming spreads West Nile virus worldwide - 21 Jul 2009  
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Global warming spreads West Nile virus worldwide.
With the warming of the planet, the West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and can cause meningitis, has expanded its reach beyond the tropics and subtropics of Africa to become a global disease. According to virologists, increases in temperature around the world have created conditions that allow disease-carrying mosquitoes to increase their range of infecting both humans and animals.

Dr. Thomas Mettenleiter, President of the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, explained that numerous cases of West Nile fever have been seen in Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria, with more northerly Germany expecting to see cases soon.

In the United States and Canada, West Nile disease was first reported in 1999 in New York and has since become more widespread. Experts say that if climate change continues unabated, it is only a matter of time before other types of mosquitoes also increase their range and transmit diseases such as dengue and yellow fever. 

Many thanks for your revealing work, Dr. Mettenleiter and colleagues at the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health. We pray that this alarming scenario will be checked by humanity’s awakening to lifestyles that return our planet to harmony and equilibrium.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often graciously provided her insights to help protect the planet from the imbalances caused by global warming, as in the following March 2009 videoconference in California, USA.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: How can we take measures to protect, not from rising sea levels, but also all the similar consequences of global warming? See? When the sea level rises, there will be more mosquitoes and diseases.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Being vegan is our top priority because this provides the most immediate cooling through actions that can be taken by individuals because we are a big group on the planet, you see. Carbon removal is also good and acts fairly quickly, but being veg is something that every single person
in the world can do and immediately.


Caspian states assisted in protecting the environment.
The Caspian Environment Program (CEP) is donating US$5.5 million to help Caspian Sea littoral states in preserving the environment and the aquatic inhabitants of the world's largest lake.

The program intends to aid Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in their management and protection of the Caspian ecosystem while achieving sustainable development goals.

Caspian Environment Program, Heaven bless your generous support of the region’s precious ecosphere. Wishing the Caspian Sea littoral nations abundant success in working together to benefit both humans and the environment.

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