October 29, 2011
Canada Loses Nearly Half Her Arctic Ice Shelves to Record Melts
a deteriorating change that is being characterized as likely
irreversible, researchers at the nation's Carleton University and the
University of Ottawa recently reported that the nation's millennia-old
Arctic ice shelves have steeply diminished in volume due to global
warming in just the past six years.
They noted that during the
summer of 2011 alone, Canada's largest ice shelf, the Ward Hunt, split
into two, with some 3 billion tons of ice disintegrating into drifting
Meanwhile, the Serson Ice Shelf almost completely melted, and the frozen Ellesmere Island shrunk by 480 square kilometers.
on the unprecedented loss of such natural wonders, Dr. Derek Mueller of
Carleton University stated, "These unique and massive geographical
features that we consider to be part of the map of Canada are
disappearing and they won’t come back."
During a Nov 2009 video conference in Washington, D.C., USA, Supreme
Master Ching Hai addressed the disturbing consequences of climate
change in the Arctic and other areas, as well as what must be done to
safeguard these precious landforms:
"In the Arctic, North Pole, so much ice has already melted that
scientists are forecasting an ice-free summer within as little as 3-6
years, which would be the first time in one million years - first time
in one million years!
Glaciers across the globe are shrinking
more quickly than researchers ever expected, leaving rivers and lakes
gone, disappearing or drying, with no water for crops and billions who
face food shortages due to water shortages, as well.
ask, what is the main cause of this damage and destruction to the
environment? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not the coal industry or cars or
planes or trains or boats or ships. It’s methane, which is produced
primarily by the livestock industry.
So, sir, to solve this, we do need to move quickly. Be vegan."