In various regions
of the world, huge tracts of trees are perishing. Scientists have
observed that a common factor of their often sudden demise has been
increased heat and drought.
Across western North America, for
instance, forest die-off has been especially disastrous, with ７０,０００
square miles being lost in the Canadian and US Rocky Mountains to beetle
infestation as warming temperatures cause the insects to move to higher
and higher altitudes.
In Australia, a recent report stated that
nearly a third of the trees had died in a ２０,０００ square-mile savanna
area, while a study in Russia of ９,４００ square miles of tree-covered land
also observed significant losses, with hot, dry conditions in forested
regions like Siberia bringing extreme wildfires in eight of the last １０
In Africa, climate change is being identified as the
cause of demise for local trees such as the quiver tree, camel-thorn,
and the giant ３０-foot-tall succulent known as euphorbia.
when alive, these wondrous lungs of our Earth are continuously
absorbing carbon dioxide, US Geological Survey ecologist Dr. Craig
Allen, who has studied forests around the world, warns that as the trees
perish, they actually become a source of greenhouse gases. We thank Dr.
Allen and all international researchers for this reminder that our own
well-being is truly linked to the health of the world’s forests.
we all attend now to their silent calls of distress through our own
swift adoption of more life-sustaining ways. Supreme Master Ching Hai
has long highlighted the need to care for the ecosphere, including the
world’s trees, and shield them from the tolls of global warming, as
during a videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan) in July ２００８.
knows by now that protecting the environment, protecting the animals,
are actually protecting ourselves. So we must protect the environment.
should have more rules, more guidelines, to protect natural habitats.
Because sometimes we overlook the long run effect. Then the consequence
is very, very detrimental to ourselves and to the planet, just like what
we are facing right now.
Ching Hai: People must be more aware of our dire situation and
that everyone’s responsible action does help to minimize or stop global
warming. We should act fast.http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2252
Be veg. Go green.