Stream and forest ecosystems endangered by climate change - 26 Aug 2009  
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A study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US found that a rare Arctic air mass that froze leaves in April 2007 caused the stream beneath the trees to receive more exposure to sunlight.

This in turn increased the spring growth of aquatic algae, bacteria, snails and other organisms.
However, global warming is causing forest plants and trees to leaf earlier, thus obstructing this seasonal development of biodiversity.

Study author Dr. Patrick Mulholland cautioned that the continuation of such a trend could cause serious disruption to entire ecosystems because the aquatic life no longer receives the timely warmth and stimulation of direct sunlight.

Dr. Patrick Mulholland and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers, we are grateful for your detailed observations.

May people quickly heed such warning signs and turn to more considerate, eco-friendly ways to preserve our Earth’s beautiful biodiversity.

Speaking once again in concern for the fragile state of the planet, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded of humanity’s role in conserving nature during the July 2008 Heart-Touch Tour videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan).

Supreme Master Ching Hai:Everyone knows by now that protecting the environment, protecting the animals, are actually protecting ourselves. So we must protect the environment.

We 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.

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. Be veg. Go green.