a harmful aerosol pollutant emitted in the processing of coal, oil and
industrial processes, a focus on sulfur dioxide levels have brought
drastic reductions in several industrialized nations.
countries such as India and China are also making efforts to reduce
these pollutants. However, a study by the European Commission Joint
Research Center has found that such endeavors are likely to heat the
planet more quickly.
This is because the presence of sulfur
dioxide causes atmospheric cooling, which balances the heat of the CO2
released during these fossil fuel-burning processes, suggesting that
heat from coal, oil and industry has played a smaller role in climate
heating than previously thought.
This finding also corresponds
with a report from Dr. Drew Shindell of the US National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, who evaluated the interaction between methane and
aerosols such as sulfur dioxide.
He also concluded that methane,
generated primarily by livestock and related meat production, was
having a much larger warming effect than previously understood.
appreciation, European Commission Joint Research Center, Dr. Shindell
and all other participating scientists for this insightful finding. May
such research as yours motivate more rapid efforts to reduce
planet-heating greenhouse gases to preserve our environment for future
As in a September 2009 videoconference in South
Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai has highlighted on many occasions that
the most urgent global warming threat lies in sources other than fossil
Supreme Master Ching Hai :
If the goal is to be a truly carbon-free society, we should consider
all the major sources of greenhouse gases emissions. You see, we are
emitting greenhouse gases not just through the fumes from factories,
houses, and cars, but also through the products that we choose to
consume. Besides, CO2 is cancelled out by aerosols, which are released
at the same time from burning fossil fuels. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527481.400-smoke-bomb-the-other-climate-culprits.html http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/earth-environment/article6895907.ece
Even though aerosols
are very detrimental to our health, they actually have a cooling effect
that cancels out the CO2 heat in the atmosphere.
climate problem is not from CO2, is not from carbon dioxide. I repeat,
it’s not from carbon dioxide. It is from other sources, mainly methane.
and foremost, eliminate the single largest source of human-caused
methane, namely, livestock. Stop animal products, then we stop global