Wilkins Ice shelf disintegrating.
The European Space Agency (EPA) has announced that this vast shelf, which had separated from the Arctic Peninsula, is now beginning to break up itself. With a bridge connecting the Wilkins Ice Shelf to the Peninsula having already disintegrated on April 5, scientists are saying that these events represent the most severe polar ice casualty in two decades. David Vaughan from the British Antarctic Survey, said, "There is little doubt that these changes are the result of atmospheric warming on the Antarctic Peninsula, which has been the most rapid in the Southern Hemisphere."
European Space Agency and British Antarctic Survey scientists, we appreciate your careful observations alerting us of the Antarctic’s plight. With Heaven’s grace, may this trend be halted through our swift steps together in greater consideration of all beings.
During an August 2008 videoconference in Vancouver, Canada, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again conveyed her concern for our planet as she called on the public to reverse the damaging effects of global warming by quickly switching to the plant-based diet.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Vancouver Center, Canada – August 24, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The time of disappearing of the ice means also the spelling of trouble for our planet. Of course it would be better if we already saved the planet before the ice melted. But as it is, we can only do the best we can and trying to inform everybody to save themselves by being vegetarian. If the ice melts quicker, then, of course, we have shorter time to save the planet. But nevertheless because people are joining the vegetarian diet, then we still can manage to save the world. Not complete, and not as much as we wanted if we have more time, but still better than nothing.
Coral reefs recover with sufficient protection.
The Wildlife Conservation Society has revealed findings from a study showing the resilience and ability of coral reefs to recover, with appropriate conservation efforts in place. The study, which was carried out by Dr. Tim McClanahan and Dr. Nyawira Muthiga with the cooperation of numerous other international research and conservation institutions, found that Tanzania’s coral reefs recovered greatly from a serious bleaching in 1998. The reefs also proved to be resilient to climate change due in large part to a ban on commercial fishing, which also supported a revival of the region’s ecosystem. Areas where such ban is not in place showed no signs of recovery.
Drs. McClanahan and Muthiga, Wildlife Conservation Society and all other involved experts, thank you for shedding light on the importance of such marine conservation measures as a ban on commercial fishing. We look forward to seeing many more of our ocean regions enjoying similar protection for the renewed flourishing of all marine life.
Bird hospital in India is unique place of caring.
Inside the three-storey New Delhi Bird Hospital, avian species from a range of backgrounds and needs are brought in for medical treatment by people from around the city. When restored to health, these feathered friends are all offered their freedom and can fly away from the building’s rooftop if they so choose. The specialty hospital is run by Jains, members of one of India’s oldest religions, who honor every living thing as a divine being. It is perhaps this loving atmosphere that also attracts the visitors and tourists who come by to see the always fresh, clean facility as well as the supporters who, since 1927, have provided donations that allow treatment to be offered free of charge.
What a beautiful expression of love toward our fellow avian beings! New Delhi Bird Hospital and staff, our appreciation is surely shared by all the feathered friends you care for so well.