Osho World Online Magazine :: March 2011 -Judgement and Acceptance
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    Judge the Act, Not the Person

    Once you accept yourself, you will be able to accept others
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Awareness, Acceptance and Love
By Ma Prem Tao

By Ma Anand Bhagawati

Pure Observation without Judgement
By Swami Chaitanya Keerti

Story of the Month
    in the world yet not of the world
Special Feature
    By Sarjano
Care for the earth
    Cap & Share

    News Update

    Steps you can take to help save the environment
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Care for Earth


Whenever it is raining just sit silently, close your eyes, feel the rain falling... the sound of it, the music of it. Be soaked by its sound and its music. And sometimes it is good to go for long walks when it is raining. Just be soaked by it and you will feel very very cleansed. You will feel almost like a god, like an Indra.

Because of very foolish things, people are missing many beautiful things in life. And I have walked miles in rain; it was one of my most loved things. Whenever it was raining I would go for a long walk. In my university days people used to think that I was mad because who goes when it is raining? And I would always feel pity for these people.

One Professor, a professor of economics, once told me, 'Nobody says it to you, but we think you are crazy. When it is raining you always come. When it starts raining, my wife starts waiting for you.' His house used to be the last in the university campus so I used to come to their house and just sit somewhere under a tree in front of their house. So he said, 'It has become a part of a routine -- you never miss. Are you mad?' I said, 'One day come with me. Then only can we compare notes. Right now you don't have any experience.' He was almost fifty and he said, 'That's true... I have never walked in the rain because who will walk and for what?'

I said, 'You just give me one chance. Tomorrow I will be coming -- you follow. For one hour you be with me in the rain and then later on you can sit under a tree and talk about it.' After one hour he started crying. He touched my feet! He said, 'I am sorry that I said you are mad. How much I have missed in my life!' He said, 'It was the greatest experience I have ever had of such freshness, of such freedom, and so much in tune with nature.'

So whenever you can, just go for a walk in the rain. Whenever you cannot -- you are feeling cold or something -- then just sit under the roof and listen to the rain.
The Shadow of the Whip, Chapter-13

Cap & Share

Cap and Share was originally developed by Feasta (the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability) and is a regulatory and economic framework for controlling the use of fossil fuels in relation to climate stabilisation. Accepting that climate change is a global problem and that there is a need to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally, the philosophy of Cap and Share maintains that the earth’s atmosphere is a fundamental common resource. Consequently, it is argued, each individual should get an equal share of the benefits from the limited amount of fossil fuels that will have to be burned and their emissions released into the atmosphere in the period until the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases has been stabilised at a safe level.

This market based mechanism was devised by Feasta in 2005 and 2006, and they have set out the case for the introduction of Cap and Share globally in policy documents. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_and_Share - cite_note-Feasta1-0 It calls for global emissions to be capped at their current level and then brought down year by year at a rate fast enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. Each year, the emissions tonnage involved would be shared equally amongst the Earth's adult population, each of whom would receive a certificate representing their individual entitlement. The recipients would then sell their certificates through the banking system to oil, coal and gas producers who would need to acquire enough of them to cover the carbon dioxide emissions that would be emitted from all of the fossil fuel they sold. Everyone would receive at least partial compensation for the higher cost of fossil fuels that limiting their availability would necessarily involve.

Comhar, the National Sustainable Development Council of Ireland, commissioned a report on the mechanism which incorporates policy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_and_Share - cite_note-AEAReport-1 and economic analysis of using Cap and Share to control emissions in Ireland, particularly from the transport sector. The final report was published in December 2008.

Cap and Share is partly an extension and popularization of the Contraction and Convergence proposal developed by the Global Commons Institute, which also calls for an equal per capita distribution of emissions. Cap and Share differs in that it insists that emissions allocations should be distributed equally to individuals as their right, whereas Contraction and Convergence (C&C) allows governments to decide if this is the way they wish to share out what is, essentially, their national allocation. C&C also allows for (but does not insist on) a convergence period, during which the richer countries would receive higher per capita emissions allowances than poorer countries. Cap and Share says people in rich countries should get the same emissions entitlement as those in poor countries from the start, but suggests that in the early years of the system, a portion of everyone's emissions entitlement should be held back and distributed to governments of countries which were facing exceptional difficulties in adapting to climate change or to low levels of fossil energy use. The governments involved would sell their certificates to raise money for remedial works. For example, the government of Bangladesh might sell its allocation to pay for better defences against rising sea levels.

Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_and_Share

News Update

Warming may lead to spurt in water-borne diseases

The Times of India

WASHINGTON: Global warming could spur the growth of toxic algae and bacteria in the world's seas and lakes, with an impact that could be felt in 10 years, US scientists said on Saturday. Studies have shown that shifts brought about by climate change make ocean and freshwater environments more susceptible to toxic algae blooms and allow harmful microbes and bacteria to proliferate, according to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

In one study, NOAA scientists modeled future ocean and weather patterns to predict the effect on blooms of Alexandrium catenella, or the toxic "red tide," which can accumulate in shellfish and cause severe symptoms, including paralysis, in humans who eat the contaminated seafood. 

"Our projections indicate that by the end of the 21st century, blooms may begin up to two months earlier in the year and persist for one month later compared to the present-day time period of July to October," said Stephanie Moore, one of the scientists who worked on the study. But the impact could be felt well before the end of this century — as early as 2040, she said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

"Changes in the harmful algal bloom season appear to be imminent. We expect a significant increase in Puget Sound (off the coast of Washington state where the study was conducted ) and similar at-risk environments within 30 years, possibly by the next decade," said Moore. In another study, NOAA scientists found that desert dust, which contains iron, deposited into the ocean from the atmosphere could lead to increases of harmful bacteria in the seawater. 

Researchers from the University of Georgia found that adding desert dust to seawater significantly stimulated the growth of Vibrios, a group of ocean bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis and infectious diseases in humans.

Courtesy:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com


Australia faces worse storms: Climate experts

The Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia will face storms of increasing intensity as a result of climate change, a respected think-tank said Friday as the nation reeled from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Yasi

Yasi, a maximum-category five storm reportedly large enough to cover most of the United States and with winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina, hit Queensland on Thursday, packing winds of up to 290 kilometres (180 miles) per hour. 

Researchers at the prestigious Climate Institute in Sydney said that warmer temperatures were expected to produce more intense torrential downpours like Yasi, particularly in the country's tropical north. 

"For Queensland, this is likely to spell storms and floods of increasing ferocity over a greater part of the state," the Climate Institute said in a press release. 

"Sadly, Australia must prepare for more of these types of catastrophic events and even greater extremes as climate change drives more frequent and more intense wild weather," said John Connor, the institute's head. 

The biggest storm to hit Australia in a century wrought huge damage to small coastal communities, cutting some of them off completely. But while two men were reported missing, there were no confirmed deaths caused directly by Yasi. 

Queensland is still recovering from a record deluge and floods that destroyed tens of thousands of homes and killed more than 30 people last month. 

The Climate Institute is calling for urgent measures to arrest global warming as north Queensland recovers from the twin disasters. 

Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com


'Climate change of serious global concern'

The Times of India

LUDHIANA: Climate change is a serious global issue of great concern to different countries. So said Dr Manjit Singh Kang, PAU vice-chancellor, on the opening day of a three-day international conference on 'Preparing Agriculture for Climate Change' at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Sunday. 

'Green revolution is a path-breaking movement and Punjab has spearheaded it for over four decades,' said Punjab Agricultural Marketing Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, the chief guest. 

Kang, who presided over the inaugural session, said in his presidential address that there are many harmful effects of global warming. He said climate change has been taking place for years. The average temperature of the earth has been on a steady rise ever since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when people began burning fossil fuels for energy. In India, while the wheat crop is vulnerable to an increase in maximum temperature, the rice crop is sensitive to an increase in minimum temperature. 

Acute water shortage, combined with temperature stress, negatively affects both wheat and rice productivity in north-west India, said Kang. 

A key question for agricultural scientists, therefore, is: 'Will climate-resilient agriculture technologies mitigate the effects of climate change?' he said, adding that we need to develop a global consensus on this. Kang said eminent agricultural scientists and climatologists participating in the conference will deliberate on relevant themes including: mitigation strategies, policy and management interventions, adaptation strategies- genetic options/interventions and climate change and biodiversity- extinction and new emergence. 

Lakhowal released the special issue of crop improvement and a souvenir brought out on the occasion. 

After the inaugural session, the chief guest and other dignitaries visited the exhibition put up by various agencies. 

Dr Daniel Hillel of Colombia University, Centre for Climate Systems Research, NASA Goddard Institute for Space StudiesNew York deliberated on 'Climate Change and the Sustainability of Farming Systems', Dr Dinesh Benbi, PAU discussed 'carbon dioxide and methane emission from agricultural soil: sources and mitigation potential', Dr Prem Bindraban of International Soil Reference and Information Centre, Wagningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, deliberated on 'Eco-efficiency in Agro-eco Systems' and Dr Tej Pratap, from SKAUST, Srinagar, gave a presentation on 'Climate Change and Mountain Agriculture: Pinching and Adapting Processes'. 

In session-III (Mitigation strategies-Policy and Management Interventions), Dr Robert Norton, IPNI, Australia spoke on 'agronomic practices and input use efficiency'. The scheduled symposium lecture on climate change was delivered by Dr P K Aggarwal from International Water Management Institute, New Delhi on 'Climate Change: What it means for Indian Agriculture and National Food Security'.

Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Steps you can take to help save the Environment
  • Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will help increase your energy efficiency.
  • Use reusable bags.
  • Up to 20 percent of heating and cooling energy is lost due to poorly sealed or insulated ducts in your home. Make sure your ducts are properly insulated and install weather stripping around windows and doors for a better seal.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reducing your garbage by 25 percent will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 pounds per year. Recycling aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers can reduce your home's impact by 850 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Decreasing carbon dioxide emissions can help stop global warming.
  • Conserve Water: Purifying and distributing water takes lots of energy. You can make simple changes to reduce the amount of water you use. Replacing an older toilet can save about 7,500 gallons of water a year. Fixing a leak in a toilet can save as much as 200 gallons a day. Use low-flow shower heads and turn your water heater thermostat down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. These steps can add up to serious savings on your water and energy bills.
  • Air Dry Your Clothes: Line-dry your clothes in the spring and summer instead of using the dryer.
  • Buy Products Locally Buy locally and reduce the amount of energy required to drive your products to your store.
  • Buy Minimally Packaged Goods: Less packaging could reduce your garbage by about 10%.
  • Plant a Tree: Trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breathe.
  • Turn off Your Computer: Shut off your computer when not in use.
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