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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Indonesia's Coral Reefs Dying at Alarming Rate




Indonesia's Coral Reefs Dying at Alarming Rate

To read an article at the Time Magazine website which discusses  the fact
that new scientific research indicates that the coral reefs in Indonesia and other
areas of Asia have been found to be dying at an alarming rate click on the link above.

Source of image:http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ 

An article entitled, "Spike In Ocean Temperatures Causes Coral Bleaching off Indonesia" at the website:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS26321455020100819  attributes the
death of these coral reefs to, "A spike in ocean temperatures,",
more specifically they believe it is rising sea surface temperatures in the
 Andaman Sea"  for causing the death of these coral reefs.

The Andaman Sea is located here:



 Source of map:
http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/events/department-news/674/quot-the-most-socially-isolated-people-on-earth-quot/ 

"The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral
Hotspots website shows temperatures in the region peaked in late May, when the temperature reached 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) - four degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees F.) higher than long term averages for the area. NOAA reported Friday that the combined global land and ocean surface temperature made this July the second warmest on record, behind 1998, and the warmest averaged January-July on record." Wildlife Conservation Society Marine Program Director Dr. Caleb McClennen was quoted as saying: "This is another unfortunate reminder that international efforts to curb the causes and effects of climate change must be made if these sensitive ecosystems and the vulnerable human communities around the world that depend on them are to adapt and endure."

(source: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2010/2010-08-16-02.html)

 If this situation does not cause us to be concerned about global warming than
what will? It is time for all the people of this world and all the Governments of this world, regardless of their  ideological foundation to start engaging in action
and requiring the citizens of their countries to start acting in ways which will
not cause global warming to continue and get worse.

What can we do to help reduce the temperature of this planet?
According to the website: http://globalwarming.com/ 

"Obviously there is no one magic solution to the problem of global warming. There are instead hundreds of questions that need to be asked and addressed so as to create an overall Earth plan that will develop our planet wisely. The changes we can make, both large and small when combined will curtail global warming for the better."

At the National Geographic website I found this statement:
"http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-solutions/

"In addition to reducing the gases we emit to the atmosphere, we can also increase the amount of gases we take out of the atmosphere. Plants and trees absorb CO2 as they grow, "sequestering" carbon naturally. Increasing forestlands and making changes to the way we farm could increase the amount of carbon we're storing."

The National Resources Defense Council, which is found in the  United States
suggests we need to do the following to reduce Global warming:

Step 1: Set limits on global warming pollution
Step 2: Invest in green jobs and clean energy
Step 3: Drive smarter cars
Step 4: Create green homes and buildings
Step 5: Build better communities and transportation

(source:http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/solutions/ )

Let us hope that we all can come together and face and deal with this problem of Global warming  collectively, so that this focusing of human intellect,creativity and resourcefulness will result in a reduction of our  Planet's temperature to to the proper levels they once were.
were.

Here is what an expert on this situation, Dr. Reese Halter  suggests:
 Dr. Reese Halter is Founder and President of Global Forest Science, Halter has built an international reputation for initiating meaningful research designed to protect natural resources for future generations. He leads a team that encompasses more than 100 scientists from 29 universities in eight countries:



To read more about Dr. Halter visit the following website:

http://www.drreese.com/info/

What can one person do to help reduce the temperature of our planet? Plenty!
Here are some things you can do:

"You can reduce your personal contribution to global warming and set an example for others by using less gasoline, natural gas, oil, and electricity in your daily life. Your choices about energy and transportation are especially crucial.
The next time you buy a car, choose one that is highly fuel efficient. Your choice of vehicle is probably your single most important environmental decision: for every single gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide go into the atmosphere."

"Instead of driving alone in your car, join a carpool, take mass transit, walk, or ride a bike -- anything that reduces the amount of gasoline you burn."

"The next time you buy an appliance, purchase a highly efficient model. You can tell by looking for the Energy Star, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency."

"Ask your local electric or gas utility to perform an energy audit of your house or apartment. Then put the recommendations into practice."

"Develop a plan to reduce daily electricity use around your home. Ask each member of your household to take responsibility for a different electricity-saving action."

Source:http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/what_you_can_do/

There are also other things you can do as a person to reduce Global warming of
our planet, I cannot mention them all do to the limitations of space and time.

Please visit these websites to learn what you can do:

http://www.globalwarmingsolutions.org/personal-action/

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/take-action/

 http://globalwarming-facts.info/50-tips.html

Experts have told you what you need to do to reduce the temperature of our planet,
it is up to start changing your behavior, following the steps these experts have
given you, so that all of us will be able to continue living on this spaceship we call
Planet Earth!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.