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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Disasters show 'screaming' need for action - climate chief



UN climate chief Christiana Figueres (pictured above) on Thursday suggested that a recent rash of  weather calamities indicates that nations must come together to create a deal concerning  global warming this year.To read more click on the following link:
 
Disasters show 'screaming' need for action - climate chief

According to scientific studies such as the one mentioned at the following website:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071204121949.htm "a relatively small increase in temperature can have a dramatic effect on day-to-day weather."

"It is easy to look at global warming just in terms of the average increase in temperature, but the effects are much more far-reaching," said  Noah Diffenbaugh, who is a member of Purdue's Climate Change Research Center. "We know from the past that extremes in weather and individual severe storms can be devastating. This study makes a strong statement that a few degrees of global warming could make these severe events much more common than they are today."

"Scientists say that catastrophic weather events — hurricanes, wildfires, floods and drought — will increase in frequency and severity as the buildup of greenhouse gases pushes temperatures higher." (source:http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=14044 )

Source of image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unfccc/4856756739/

Let us hope that  the nations of this world can work together to sign a treaty on Global warming in the near future, or we all face the possibility of having to live with extreme weather patterns and the ramifications of these patterns!

Here is a video which explains why global warming leads to extreme weather patterns: (source of video:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3158371861471168562#  




Dr. Amanda Staudt, Climate scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, has linked inconsistent weather to global warming in her new report, "Oddball Winter Weather: Global Warming's Wake-Up Call for the Northern Unites States.

To view an interview of Dr. Staudt please click on the following link:

http://en.sevenload.com/videos/RSsmA38-Dr-Staudt-Links-Oddball-Weather-to-Global-Warming

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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



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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



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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.