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Monday, May 30, 2011

Greenhouse Ocean Study: a warning of what may be in our future!



According to an article entitled, "Greenhouse Ocean Study Offers Warning For Future" which you can read by clicking on the highlighted title in the first line above,
"The mass extinction of marine life in our oceans during prehistoric times is a warning that the same could happen again due to high levels of greenhouse gases, according to new research." In a study by two
scientists concerning 'greenhouse oceans'—"those that have been depleted of oxygen, suffering increases in carbon dioxide and temperature."

"Professor  Thomas Wagner says the results of their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), has relevance for our modern world: "We know that 'dead zones' are rapidly growing in size and number in seas and oceans across the globe," he said. "These are areas of water that are lacking in oxygen and are suffering from increases of CO2, rising temperatures, nutrient run-off from agriculture and other factors."

"Their research points to a mass mortality in the oceans at a time when the Earth was going through a greenhouse effect. High levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and rising temperatures led to a severe lack of oxygen (hypoxia) in the water that marine animals depend upon."

"What's alarming to us as scientists is that there were only very slight natural changes that resulted in the onset of hypoxia in the deep ocean," said Professor Martin Kennedy. "This occurred relatively rapidly—in periods of hundreds of years, or possibly even less—not gradually over longer, geological time scales, suggesting that the Earth's oceans are in a much more delicate balance during greenhouse conditions than originally thought, and may respond in a more abrupt fashion to even subtle changes in temperature and CO2 levels."

This certainly is shocking and disturbing news! However maybe this news will get all of us out of our complacent attitude toward what is happening on this planet and focus us to work together to deal with this
situation. To many scientists an answer to the problems relating to greenhouse gases involve changing the way we as individuals and as groups act in our World. What can an individual do to reduce his or her Carbon Dioxide Footprint on this Planet? Plenty! Here are  links to some websites  which  provide some of  the ways you as an individual can reduce your Carbon Dioxide Footprint on the planet:

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/minimisecfp.html 

 http://bravenewclimate.com/2008/08/29/top-10-ways-to-reduce-your-co2-emissions-footprint/

To learn more about what a "carbon footprint" is and how it is measured please visit the following website:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint 

To calculate your own individual carbon footpring please visit the following website:

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/individuals.html 

The time to start changing how we behave as individuals and as members of groups  in this World begins now, not tomorrow or next week! Please follow these suggestions as to how to reduce your carbon footprint:

 http://www.carbonfootprint.com/minimisecfp.html

 Source of Graph:http://www.eoearth.org/files/112301_112400/112391/Individual_carbon_footprint.JPG

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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.