Uruguayans displaced by climate change - 27 Sep 2010  
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Uruguay's National Emergency System has announced that more than 47,000 residents have been displaced by climate change-induced natural disasters such as floods or droughts between 1997 and 2005.

With the country’s economy also affected, the International Organization for Migration has called for a national conference to discuss ways to mitigate the consequences. Official records show that rainfall across Uruguay has increased since 2004, setting off more flooding, while drought periods have also become more extensive.

Meanwhile, the country’s weather models forecast further increases in minimum temperatures and more periods of extreme rainfall.

We appreciate this alert to the further adverse effects of climate change, National Emergency System scientists, and pray that a balanced ecosphere is restored to the Uruguayans and all people through our global adoption of sustainable practices that preserve lives and the Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has long reminded of the urgency of implementing measures to safeguard citizens from such disasters, as in an October 2009 videoconference address to government magistrates in Mexico.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have signs of imminent crisis that are evident in all corners of the world. First, storms have nearly doubled in intensity over the past 5 years With 300,000 fellow human beings now dying each year due to climate change, more than 20 million have been displaced as “climate refugees.”

The number one cause of global warming is: livestock. Recent research tells us that livestock raising is responsible for more than 50% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Livestock is the single largest source of human-generated methane, a greenhouse gas that traps at least 72 times more heat than CO2, as measured over a 20-year period.

Therefore, to rapidly halt global warming, to halt the emission of methane, we must stop its #1 source: that is, livestock breeding.or Becoming vegetarian would be an effective solution to global warming. That is, we have to live an animal-free lifestyle, a compassionate lifestyle.