Global warming to impact health: study
Global warming may increase kidney disease, heart disease and mental illness. Australian researchers studied the effects of a heat wave in Adelaide to evaluate the public health risks of global warming. They found that the heat wave resulted in a 7% increase in hospital admissions, a 17% increase in kidney disease, and an increase in mental illness of 7%. Professor Kevin Parton of the Charles Sturt University stated the study provided important research for public health planning. Our appreciation, Professor Parton, for this eye-opening study. We pray that appropriate actions are taken to maintain the health and happiness of all beings on Earth.
Arctic summers ice-free 'by 2013'
Scientists say that summer Arctic sea ice could be gone by 2013. Professor Wieslaw Maslowski of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA says the Arctic ice is melting quicker than previous models indicate and could be gone at the end of the summer melt season within five or six years. His findings, announced at a recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, are similar to those of NASA climate scientist, Jay Zwally, who has stated the ice could be gone by 2012. Thank you, Professor Maslowski, for sharing these significant findings with the world. May we all unite in effectively easing the effects of global climate change.
New Zealand glaciers in rapid retreat
Space photos reveal extent of ice loss in New Zealand. Two photos of New Zealand’s glaciers taken 17 years apart provide clear evidence of the extent to which the glaciers have melted. The first picture was taken by a NASA satellite in December 1990, while the second picture shows the same area in December 2007. Glaciologist Dr. Trevor Chinn said that the volume of ice in New Zealand’s Southern Alps had dropped by 25-30%. Our deep appreciation, NASA, for this technology that clearly reveals the dramatic affects of climate warming. May we quickly heed the message and adopt new behaviors and technologies that help us protect our life-sustaining Mother Earth.
Germany and China eye boosting climate protection cooperation
Germany and China cooperate on climate change. Germany’s environmental minister, Sigmar Gabriel, recently visited China for high level talks on cooperative, green projects. In Beijing, Mr. Gabriel attended a conference on climate change and development. He also met with officials from the provincial, environmental, and foreign ministries to discuss sustainable energy, waste management, and other green issues. We respectfully laud your beneficial work together for the environment, Germany and China. May Heaven endow your cooperative, eco-friendly endeavors with great success.
Climate campaign to cost 12.5m euro
Campaign for climate change awareness in Ireland. Four Irish companies – Mary Murphy Associates, Cawley Nea/TBWA, RPS Group, and OMD Ireland – are joining together for a €12.5 million nationwide campaign to help the public understand climate change, its causes and consequences. The two-year program will also support the actions needed for Ireland to meet its emission goals according to international standards. Hats off Dublin firms for this proactive initiative in bringing about awareness and positive change in the community. May God bless the Emerald Isle to continue as a shining jewel of green endeavors to preserve our precious planet.
New climate guide sets crisis in context
The Rough Guide puts climate change into perspective. The Rough Guide series has come up with a new book on everything one needs to know about climate change: causes and implications, current issues, and practical solutions. Robert Henson, climate journalist and author of the book, provides small actions that everyone can take such as buying less bottled water, eating less meat, and switching to low energy light bulbs. A big thank you, Mr. Henson and Rough Guide, for making such information accessible to all. May your readers take to heart your wise advice and recommendations to maintain our planet’s equilibrium.
New 'Green' Energy from Dirty Sources
Energy monitoring as a green way to reduce emissions. In the wake of climate change urgency, demand response companies like US-based EnerNOC and Comverge are being sought after for their software monitoring systems. These systems are designed to alert consumers when energy adjustments are needed to accommodate peak demands, for instance, automatically shutting off a pool pump to save energy for the air conditioner on hot days. EnerNOC and Comverge, we’re grateful for these technological advancements that help us better conserve and share precious energy stores. May you prosper in your innovative efforts to protect our environment.
Study: Plants vital to coastal health
Aquatic plants are re-valued. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently published studies on water flow and aquatic plants. In the past, plants in rivers have been removed because they reduce the speed of water flow, but the new research shows that they are important to the health of coastal waters. Vegetation provides important habitat and removes excess nutrients from the water, which can harm marine ecosystems. God bless you, MIT scientists, for demonstrating the important role of flora and fauna in the precious cycle of life. May we find inspiration and continue to work towards the preservation of Mother Nature to renew the health of our biosphere.
Senate bill requires textbooks to teach global warming
Climate change may become part of science curriculum in California, USA. The lkpassed a bill to ensure that next revision of science textbooks includes information about climate change. Joe Simitian, the bill’s sponsor, declared: "California's students need to understand what's happening and what's causing it. A rigorous program of science instruction has to be both current and relevant, and that certainly has to include climate change." We applaud your insight, California Senate and Congressman Simitian for preparing the youth of today with information to solve these realistic challenges. May our earthly home be saved through education and progressive actions of all global citizens.
80% Efficient Solar Panel?! Works at Night?!
New solar panel works with 80% efficiency. In the United States, scientist Steven Novack has developed a new type of solar panel using nanotechnology to provide an unprecedented 80% energy efficiency rating. The inexpensive new panel consists of tiny nano-antennae which absorb infra-red radiation--even at night time--and turn it into electricity. What a great invention! Kudos and many thanks Mr. Novack for this eco-friendly and efficient way to produce energy. May the Providence grant us with more helpful innovations for our planet’s green progress.
U.S. sees positive mood shift at Hawaii climate talks
Delegates optimistic after Hawaii climate talks. Last Thursday, the second US-led world conference on climate change concluded with a shared commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Representatives from the European Union, the United Nations, and 16 countries from around the world came away from the meeting with a common realization that an emissions reduction agreement was imperative. We salute all the delegates for your sincere intentions and actions to save our planet. May God grace your earnest efforts with fruitful results for the sake of all lives.
NFL planting trees, using clean energy to offset game's impact
US football league greens Super Bowl. The National Football League (NFL) is trying to make this year’s Super Bowl the greenest ever. Environmental initiatives related to the event include planting 10,000 new trees in Arizona and donating thousands of pounds of leftover food to soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Your dedicated commitment to environmental protection is much appreciated, NFL. With teamwork such as this, we surely can move forward in confidence to successfully preserving our Earth.
Human-caused Climate Change At Root Of Diminishing Water Flow In Western US, Scientists Find
Human-caused global warming affects water supply in Western US. Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have long wondered by the water supply in the Western states has been on the decline for the last 20 to 30 years. Their research recently concluded that the cause is humans. Tim Barnett of Scripps said, “The results are being driven by temperature change. And that temperature change is caused by us.” Our sincere appreciation, scientists, for your dedicated efforts in sharing this revealing information. We pray that all governments and citizens will work together to preserve our planet’s natural resources for all Earth’s inhabitants.