Historic drought grips Mexico.
In an article published on December 13, 2011, Mexican officials state
that more than one million hectares of crops have now been damaged by
extreme dry conditions, with some farmers saying they have seen hardly
any rain the entire year.
In mid-November, National Meteorological Service General Director Felipe
Adrián Vázquez Gálvez reported that more than 70% of Mexico’s total
area was drought stricken and experts now estimate that 80,000 families
in the state of Chihuahua alone could be seriously impacted.
The government is offering subsidies to small farmers in an attempt to
compensate for their losses, as well as delivering water to remote areas
However, meteorologists have also forecast that the dry weather is
likely to continue throughout the winter. Scientists in Mexico have
begun working to address the issue with fellow researchers in the
southwestern United States, where unprecedented drought also continues
We appreciate the efforts of Mr. Gálvez and other experts in raising
awareness of this urgent drought crisis. May governments and individuals
alike strive to alleviate such conditions through our more
conscientious stewardship of the ecosphere.
Speaking with concern of the planetary emergency during a June 2011
videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the
devastating drought in the nation, as well as what must be done to stop
all the droughts and wildfires Mexico is facing, food security is
really at risk, and climate change – through droughts and floods that
destroy crops – is, of course, a major cause of high food price and food
insecurity. There is a solution. http://www.france24.com/en/20111213-mexican-farmers-despair-over-record-drought
the United Nations proposed
that the best way to bring about cooling, rather than focusing on carbon
dioxide, would be to reduce the shorter-lived global warming agents.
These include methane, black carbon, and ground-level ozone. So we all
should go vegan, and the best is organic vegan.
US researchers report on December 8, 2011 that large Earth tremors such
as the devastating 2010 quake in Haiti are linked to extreme tropical
cyclone seasons, saying that the landslides and erosion associated with
the wet weather set off greater movement along the fault lines.
At the December 2011 Whistler Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada, Best
Documentary Award went to Canadian director Ben Addleman for "Kivalina
v. Exxon," which depicts the challenges faced by indigenous Inuit island
dwellers off the coast of Alaska, USA as they cope with being forced
from their homeland due to the realities of climate change.