Venus, a case of runaway global warming - 27 Jul 2009  
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Venus, a case of runaway global warming.
Billions of years ago, Earth and her neighboring planets Venus and Mars may have been very similar, all containing oceans and possibly life. However, Venus’ proximity to the Sun, with a resulting massive evaporation of water which generated even more heat, along with an inability to circulate carbon dioxide, caused an intense greenhouse effect that can still be observed today.

Due to conditions such as a further distance from the Sun and atmospheric characteristics that allowed rainfall to recycle CO2 back to the ground, Earth was spared this fate.

However, according to Dr. Louis Irwin, who studies planets like Venus at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA, humans are now hampering the Earth’s ability to curb the excessive accumulation of greenhouse gases.

Dr. Louis Irwin – Professor of biological sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (M): Venus tells us what happens when there is too much atmosphere. The question before us is whether or not Earth will keep just the right amount of atmosphere or whether we will, through human engineering, generate a runaway greenhouse effect by pouring too much CO2, and methane as a greenhouse gas.

We are really filling up the atmosphere with greenhouse gasses too fast to sustain the natural feedback cycles. We are on a trajectory to promote our own demise, that is for sure.

VOICE: Our appreciation, Dr. Irwin for this insight from Venus on Earth’s global warming. May such knowledge help prompt us to actions that restore our precious biosphere.

Concerned for Earth’s survival, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often referred to the past lessons from Mars, as in this August 2008 videoconference with our Association members in Australia.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Once the planet is destroyed, it will look like Mars. It will be like Mars, it’s un-inhabitable. And it takes millions of years, sometimes hundreds of millions of years until any planet recovers, if it recovers at all.

So we have to change it. The quicker we change, the better, and then we can halt the climate change.
Let’s hope we will change the course of the disaster.

I feel positive that people will change; and the vegetarian people will live happily on the world full of abundance, loving and kind.

Global warming reduces salt marsh biodiversity.
A Brown University, USA study evaluated plant life in three salt marshes across the northern state of Maine by creating conditions to increase the surrounding temperature by 1.8 degrees Celsius.

In doing so, the researchers found that the salt marshes showed a rapid loss of plant biodiversity. Specifically, small, flowering plants known as forbes declined and were taken over by grasses such as Spartina patens.
After three years, this warming reduced diversity by 74 percent.  Brown University researchers, our sincere thanks for your careful observations that remind us of the dire effects of planetary warming.

We pray that all humanity awakens to the need for sustaining lifestyles to preserve the richly diverse life of our Earthly home. Supreme Master Ching Hai, who is known for her appreciation of nature’s intricate beauty,emphasized our need to preserve all life 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.
Germany's capital sets trend for electric cars.
Over 100 residents in Berlin are test driving BMW's new Mini-E, a quietly running vehicle that can reach 150 km per hour (93 mph) within seconds. Along with a 75% reduction in cost compared to conventionally fueled vehicles, recharging is also being made more convenient through the installation of sustainable energy charging stations throughout the city.

Way to go BMW for supplying affordable and cleaner vehicles to help citizens tread more lightly on the planet.
Looking forward to seeing many more such green and sustainable carson our roads!

Extra News
UK-based charity SolarAid, which promotes the use of solar energy to help reduce global poverty and climate change, been nominated for Charity of the Year at the Charity Times Awards.

India’s Rajasthan state launches Project Harit Rajasthan, a tree planting program with a goal of 23% green cover across the land, to boost groundwater levels and prevent water shortages.

The July Jazz Festival in Smolyan, Bulgaria, an all-acoustic musical celebration held in the city’s open-air amphitheater, is being performed without electricity to preserve and honor nature.