Wildfires sparked by drought consume vital habitat in Brazil
In a year that has been marked by devastating flooding, scarce rain in other parts of the country have caused fires to ignite more easily, including one that has devastated the Rola Moca nature reserve in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
Firefighters say that the blaze, which began at the end of September, is the worst in the 17-year history of the 4,000 hectare sanctuary. Ninety percent of the reserve has been consumed, with animals such as rabbits, monkeys and endangered jaguars and wolves having fled.
The fire also forced humans to evacuate as it approached residential areas in the Minas Gerais capital, Belo Horizonte. In addition, large areas of Brasilia National Park were destroyed by wildfires that also began in September, while the nation's capital, Brasilia, endured 107 days of consecutive drought.
We are saddened to learn about the devastation caused by the extreme dry conditions in Brazil. Our prayers for a restoration of balance as humanity returns to harmonious, eco-protecting lifestyles. Speaking during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the destructive effects of climate change, while emphasizing the immediate actions needed to safeguard the planet.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Increased temperatures mean erratic rainfall - either too little or too much at a time - so we have ravaging floods that drown the crops and fires that burn the forest. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/09/26/fire-destroys-80-pct-nature-reserve-in-brazil/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRkL8i7SA-M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ZMhrx4hq8 http://www.jornalfloripa.com.br/brasil/index1.php?pg=verjornalfloripa&id=14602Extra News
If you’re a farmer,you already can feel that the climate is in trouble. There are more frequent droughts, heat waves, floods, storms, frosts, freezes, and locusts than before.
If the world becomes vegan as a group, we can remedy the disasters that affect us globally. The planet will begin repairing itself in astonishing ways that scientists would be surprised.
For example, the ice will stop melting and return to the way it was, green life will appear again, the oceans will be healed as the rainfall and temperature begin to regulate themselves again, produce restored balance.
With over 1,000 sea birds already perished as of October 12, 2011, due to a grounded tanker's oil spill off the New Zealand coast, international teams arriving at the Oiled Wildlife Response Center are working to save endangered species such as the dotterel and other animals like seals. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10758232 http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/en/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=064EB8F9-BD87-8BFE-66B3-B3D8D79431CA http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/12/world/asia/new-zealand-oil-spill-disaster/
Sir Richard Branson, President of UK-based Virgin Atlantic announced on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, that his company is testing a new biofuel for air travel made from industrial steel waste, with plans to develop this and other sustainable sources for permanent use. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2116139/virgin-trials-revolutionary-biofuel-waste-gases http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203499704576624431131763822.html
According to research conducted using data from the US Geological Survey, dangerous earthquakes around the world from January 1 to October 12, 2011 have reached record numbers, with 177 of magnitudes 6 to 9.9 on the Richter scale compared to 149 for the same period in 2010 and 119 in 2009. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/236229-USGS-Reports-Record-Number-Of-Strong-Earthquakes-In-2011