Osho World Online Magazine :: October 2010 - Osho_Responsibility
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Care for Earth

Cosmic Chemistry
 

Between the sun and the earth also there are communication bridges like this, and every moment messages are being passed across these bridges. And similarly, communication bridges exist between the earth and man. So there is a continuous communication between man, the earth and the sun. But that communication is very mysterious; it is inner and subtle. Let us understand something about this also.

There is a research center in America known as the Tree Ring Research Center. If you cut down a tree you will find a number of rings or circles drawn across the cut surface. The beautiful decorative designs in the grain of wooden furniture are due to these circles. This research center has been working for the last fifty years on the formation of these rings.

Professor Douglas, the center's director, who has spent a major part of his life studying them, has discovered a number of facts. Ordinarily, all of us know that the age of the tree can be calculated from the number of these circles. Every year one new ring is born; one new layer is made within the tree every year. If the tree is fifty years old, if it has seen fifty autumns, then there are fifty rings formed inside the tree. But it is surprising to know that these rings also indicate what sort of seasons there were in a particular year. If the seasons were more hot or wetter than usual, the ring formation is broader. If the seasons were cold and dry, the ring is not so wide. It is possible to know when there were strong rains, when there was drought and when the seasons were very cold. If Buddha said that there was good rainfall in a particular year, the bodhi tree under which he sat would confirm the truth of it. Buddha might have made a mistake, but the tree could not. The tree ring will be wider or thinner, indicating the type of season that particular year.

While conducting his research, Professor Douglas reached still another conclusion which was far beyond anything he could have anticipated. He observed that the rings are wider every eleventh year -- and every eleventh year there is maximum nuclear activity on the sun, the sun becomes more active. It is as if it has a periodic rhythm and its radioactivity is at a maximum then. During such a year a tree makes a wider ring -- not in one forest or in one place or country, but all over the earth all trees behave similarly in order to protect themselves from the intensified radioactivity. To protect itself from the excessive power that is released by the sun, the tree grows a thicker skin every eleventh year.

Due to this phenomenon, a new phrase, "climate of the earth," has been coined by scientists. The seasons are different at different places: somewhere it is raining, somewhere it is extremely cold and somewhere it is very hot. But with regard to this eleventh year, this new term, "climate of the earth" was coined by Professor Douglas. Due to the sun's radioactivity every eleventh year, there is a similarity of experience all over the earth. We might not notice it, but the trees do. There is a gradual decrease in the width of the tree rings that are formed after the eleventh year, and after five years there is again a gradual increase in width, up to the eleventh year.
OSHO
Hidden Mysteries, Chapter-6

 
Solar Storm
 

Every 11 years, the Sun experiences a period of massive solar storms, when violent solar flares and vast explosions known as Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) have the strongest manifestations of the entire cycle.

When the ejections reach the Earth as an ICME (Interplanetary CME), they may disrupt the Earth's magnetosphere, compressing it on the dayside and extending the nightside tail. When the magnetosphere reconnects on the nightside, it creates trillions of watts of power which is directed back towards the Earth's upper atmosphere. 

This process can cause particularly strong aurora also known as the Northern Lights (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the Southern Lights (in the Southern Hemisphere). CME events, along with solar flares, can disrupt radio transmissions, cause power outages (blackouts), and cause damage to satellites, GPSs and electrical transmission lines

It will have the peak in late 2011 and mid-2012

The effects on human society have to do mostly with the technological advance than to biological threats, although health hazards are not inexistent.

A solar eruption in December disrupted the Global Positioning System, creating radio bursts that traveled to Earth, covering a broad frequency range. In addition to the GPS system, the December solar flare affected satellites and induced unexpected currents in the electrical grid.

Many government and private institutions have demanded a forecast of the Sun's activity during the storm cycle to help them prevent damage to their infrastructures and business activities, for more than a year, so the NOAA Space Environment Center led the prediction panel and issued the forecast at its annual Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.

Solar Storm Effects on Earth

The impact of Solar cycle on living organisms has been investigated (see chronobiology). Some researchers claim to have found connections with human health.
The amount of UVB light at 300 nm reaching the Earth varies by as much as 400% over the solar cycle due to variations in the protective ozone layer. In the stratosphere, ozone is continuously regenerated by the splitting of O2 molecules by ultraviolet light. During a solar minimum, the decrease in ultraviolet light received from the Sun leads to a decrease in the concentration of ozone, allowing increased UVB to penetrate to the Earth's surface.
The sunspot cycle has been implicated in having effects on climate, and may play a part in determining global temperature.

Way back in 1971, Osho explained this cosmic phenomena and its impact on the earth. In His discourse on Astrology, Osho says, “Cosmic chemistry says that the entire cosmos is a body. Nothing in it stands apart, all things are joined together. So no matter how distant a star may be from us, when it changes our heartbeats also change. And no matter how far away the sun may be, when it becomes very disturbed our blood circulation is also disturbed. Every eleven years an atomic storm occurs on the sun.  The last time such a great atomic storm and fiery explosions were going on, a Japanese doctor named Tamatto made an amazing discovery. This doctor had been doing work on women's blood for twenty years. There is one property unique to female blood which is absent in the blood of males. At the time of menstruation the blood of women becomes thin, but men's blood always remains the same. Women's blood at the time of menstruation grows thin; at the time of pregnancy also their blood grows thin. This is one basic difference between the blood of men and women, according to Tamatto. But when atomic energy storms were occurring on the sun with great intensity, the blood of men also grew thin. This was a very novel phenomenon. Before this it had never been recorded that men's blood was affected by disturbances on the sun. And if blood can be so affected, then anything can be affected.”

“Present-day physicians are also arriving at the conclusion that when spots emerge and grow on the sun, illness on the earth increases, and that when sunspots decrease, illness on the earth also decreases. We will never get rid of disease on earth while sunspots last. Every eleven years there is great turmoil on the sun and huge explosions take place. When explosions and turmoil occur on the sun, at that time wars and disturbances occur on earth. The wars that take place on earth follow a ten-year sequence. Epidemics also follow a ten or eleven-year sequence. Revolutions also follow approximately a ten or eleven-year sequence.”

 
News Update
 

‘Asian countries should combat global warming'

Indian Express
10 September 2010

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  East Timor President and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has exhorted  Asian nations to take the initiative to combat global warming. He was inaugurating the two-day international conference on global warming, climate change, sustainable development and secular spirituality at Santhigiri ashram here on Thursday.

‘’More than half of the world population belongs to Asia. Hence we are the worst-affected victims of industrialisation. Asian countries have to come up with solutions to deal with the crisis. There is no point in putting the blame on western countries for the grave impact of industrialisation. It is too late for such blame games,’’ he said.

He added that regardless of what Europe did to reduce emission of greenhouse gases, Asian nations had to make use of their tremendous potential. ‘’There was a time when Asia was looked down upon as a place of poverty and misery. But today, we produce the best expertise in various fields. Once we make use of that expertise and blend it with our political will and determination, we can make things happen,’’ he said.

Pointing out that development is a necessity, he stressed the need to devise methods aimed at the positive development of scientific society. ‘’We share a planet that is home to millions of people. Resultantly, there is an ever growing pressure on natural resources. However, we should make sure that our pursuit for development does not leave the planet inhospitable. This can be achieved by the cooperation of the scientific community across the world,’’ he said.

He also hailed India as a nation with tremendous potential. ‘’India has come a long way since Independence. India is going to be the key factor in eliminating poverty and ignorance by building bridges of solidarity and harmony among nations,'' he said. Speaking on the occasion, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said that global warming was no longer a myth or an invention of a few men.

‘’Our planet is getting warmer and we are fast realising this unpleasant truth. The vast amount of industrialisation over the past 200 years is the principal cause for global warming and climate change. We also need to acknowledge that India and China also have their share in this regard,’’ he said.

Tharoor averred that developing nations were the main victims of global warming.

 ‘’Rich nations have got ways to insulate threats posed by climate change whereas people of poor nations are left to suffer. Also, there is an increasing need for such countries to develop. Hence, developed nations should help poor countries in a way that would ensure least possible emission of harmful gases,’’ he said.

The conference is being jointly organised by the Santhigiri Research Foundation and Energy and Resources Institute.

Courtesy: http://expressbuzz.com

 

Kyoto Protocol to continue past 2012: UN climate chief

Economic Times
8 September 2010

NEW DELHI: As hopes for any deal on global warming dims at the Cancun meet later this year, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres today made it clear that the Kyoto Protocol will continue post 2012 as a second protocol since it does not have a "sunset" clause. 

"Yes, it (Kyoto Protocol) will continue to exist as a second protocol because it does not have a sunset clause. It does not end," said Figueres, newly-appointed executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

Figueres, who is in India ahead of the UN meet on the climate change at Cancun in Mexico, was replying to a query on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol which seeks numerical targets for cuts in emissions by rich nations but does not have any emission caps for developing countries. 

"What the governments are negotiating now is the second commitment period. 

"But the Kyoto Protocol continue to exist-- whether there is going to be a second commitment period or whether countries want to take all of the elements of the Kyoto Protocol and put them in a different framework that is for them to decide," she said. 

The developed nations are pushing for a new treaty other than the Kyoto Protocol that makes major growing economies like India and China to take up the binding GHG emission cuts, a move opposed by the latter citing their need to walk on carbon path for sustainable development. 

The UN climate chief also said that though there were not nuch expectations from Cancun but we read it that "countries are assuming their responsibility, that they're being realistic, that they're being productive, that they're being constructive and that they're counting on very clear outcomes from Cancun." 

Figueres put the onus on the governments to decide the timeline for implementation of the agreements they want to give, as it is "completely in their hand. 

She was also of the opinion that Carbon Development Mechanism (CDM) market can be worked beyond the Kyoto Protocol framework. 

The CDM) is one of the "flexibility" mechanisms in the Kyoto Protocol by allowing the Annex I countries to meet part of their caps using "Certified Emission Reductions" (CER) from green projects in developing nations. 

"Should the Kyoto Protocol go into the second period, the CDM would of course the mechanism there... but that's not the only possibility for it... 

"The additional possibility of the CDM is that the CDM or some other market whatever the market they want to call it can also be the part of the broader agreement...If the governments want it to be..." she said.

Courtesy: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

 

Globe trotting at what cost?

By Geeta Padmanabhan
The Hindu
21 September 2010

British author and filmmaker Pamela Nowicka says tourism is bad. And, explains why

Tourism is bad — the kind where a bus-load of people jets across the planet to be in 11 places in 10 days. It's bad for the climate, worse for the resources of host countries and devastating for local livelihoods, says Pamela Nowicka, British author and filmmaker. Who'd have thought, uh? In her book “The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism”, her documentary “Climate Change? No Thanks!” and during post-screening Q&A sessions, she takes readers / audiences on a journey that ends in establishing tourism's connection to global warming, climate change and exploitation. Pamela was in the city recently to screen her documentary.

Reality bites

With one question — “Who really profits from tourism?” — Pamela scores off popular notions of the ‘benefits' of tourism. During her research for the book, she found enough material to make a case that unbridled tourism depletes resources! More proof came during her travels. Tourist have turned towns into recreational areas. One spends two weeks in Malawi or Kenya in total luxury, support for which comes from PR campaign subsidies and easy loans. Infrastructure for big hotels comes at a subsidy to promote tourism. Are local people part of these decisions? Where tourism facilities are built, local residents are shooed away. Where do they go? Are there provisions for alternative jobs?

Tourism is a mass exercise, expected to double in a decade; it works on a huge profit margin. Naturally, glossy image management lures you to a “paradise”, which must not be home. Going abroad, eating out, sleeping in a strange bed, buying hideous trinkets, having ‘perfect moments' — we think it's a reward for our 24 x 7 workdays. But, do we think about the consequences? What we do is ecocide, planet death, she says.

And, its effects are visible — rising temperature, unpredictable monsoon, rising sea-level, water shortage and increased risk of the likes of malaria and dengue…

Tourism is a volatile industry that depends on political and economic considerations. “And, of the money earned, I'm astounded to find how little (only the ‘leakage'!) reaches the local economy,” she says. Tourists get killed; fishing villages turn into swanky tourism resorts… Tourism brings neither education nor experience. It takes a lifetime to learn about a country, its culture, its people. Yes, places do live by tourism, but only where it's carefully regulated to make it work for the people. Overall, tourism is unsustainable, she asserts.

Pamela's film attempts to highlight the two extremes — shortage of water as opposed to luxury. And, points to the hidden cost of enjoyment. As, Goutham, an activist, says in the film: “Jetting around the world does create problems; brings in climate change. More planes are coming to India, and rainfall has come down.” Many others in the film echo similar sentiments — tourism income is not enough for us, say the villagers. They add that villages have lost living and farming space. A boy says: “There are no glaciers in Kashmir, no water here for farmers. All these cars and bikes cause air pollution.” A woman says she has to stay home waiting for the water tankers. A farmer struggling with a 600-ft borewell says: “August is now a dry period; our wells do not fill up. Why don't you read about India in books, on the Internet? Why come here?”

It's all a myth

Pressing concerns! Says Pamela: “We continue to increase consumption on a finite planet. There's no magic to set this right.” Her research makes the claim that tourism fosters cultural understanding, a myth. “You return entrenched in stereotypes. With whom are tourists interacting in Mahabalipuram? Other tourists? No broadening of the mind takes place.” Find the paradise in your backyard, change your lifestyle, she suggests. “The change is with the tourist. Why don't we all make a difference?”

 “Climate Change? No Thanks!” was filmed entirely in Tamil Nadu, and features tourists from the U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia

Courtesy: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article740288.ece

 
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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