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'Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists fin
28 October 2020 - Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean -- known as the 'sleeping giants of the carbon cycle' -- have started to be released over a large area of the continental slope off the East Siberian coast, The Guardian can reveal. ... The slope sediments in the Arctic contain a huge quantity of frozen methane and other gases -- known as hydrates. Methane has a warming effect 80 times stronger than carbon dioxide over 20 years. The United States Geological Survey has previously listed Arctic hydrate destabilisation as one of four most serious scenarios for abrupt climate change. (more)

COVID's cognitive costs? Some patients' brains may age 10 years
28 October 2020 - People recovering from COVID-19 may suffer significant brain function impacts, with the worst cases of the infection linked to mental decline equivalent to the brain ageing by 10 years, researchers warned on Tuesday [27 October]. A non-peer-reviewed study of more than 84,000 people, led by Adam Hampshire, a doctor at Imperial College London, found that in some severe cases, coronavirus infection is linked to substantial cognitive deficits for months. (more)

Climate change poses growing threats to vulnerable Africa, U.N. says
27 October 2020 - Floods, droughts, hotter weather and a desert locust invasion -- the impacts of climate change are hitting Africa hard, and worse is ahead for the region's food supplies, economy, and health, the U.N. climate agency said on Monday [26 October]. Temperatures have been rising on the continent of 1.2 billion at a comparable rate to other regions, but Africa is exceptionally vulnerable to the shock, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). (more)

Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace
16 October 2020 - Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S., forcing many places to reimpose tough restrictions eased just months ago. ... Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert, said Americans should think hard about whether to hold Thanksgiving gatherings. (more)

Japan supercomputer shows humidity affects aerosol spread of coronavirus
14 October 2020 - A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months. The finding suggests that the use of humidifiers may help limit infections during times when window ventilation is not possible, according to a study released on Tuesday [13 October] by research giant Riken and Kobe University. (more)

Natural disasters surge in past 20 years, likely to continue to wreak havoc: U.N.
14 October 2020 - Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years, taking a heavy human and economic toll worldwide, and are likely to wreak further havoc, the United Nations said on Monday [12 October]. Heatwaves and droughts will pose the greatest threat in the next decade, as temperatures continue to rise due to heat-trapping gases, experts said. ... Drought, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and extreme temperature events caused major damage. (more)

UN warns that world risks becoming 'uninhabitable hell' for millions unless leaders take climate action
13 October 2020 - There has been a 'staggering' rise in natural disasters over the past 20 years and the climate crisis is to blame, the United Nations said Monday [12 October]. Between 2000 and 2019, there were 7,348 major natural disasters -- including earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes -- that claimed 1.23 million lives, affected 4.2 billion people and resulted in $2.97 trillion in global economic losses, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). That's almost double the 4,212 disasters recorded from 1980-1999, the UN said in its new report The Human Cost of Disasters 2000-2019. (more)

Fertilizer use is fuelling climate-warming nitrous oxide emissions: study
7 October 2020 - The rising use of nitrogen-based fertilizers is driving up global emissions of nitrous oxide, a lesser-known greenhouse gas, complicating efforts to limit climate change, scientists reported in a study on Wednesday [7 October]. ... While nitrogen fertilizers have been crucial to boosting crop productivity and improving food security worldwide, they also can cause environmental challenges. Nitrogen in agricultural run-off can feed algae blooms that create coastal dead zones. And in the stratosphere, N2O can break down to form other molecules that destroy the ozone layer protecting the planet from ultraviolet radiation. (more)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.

   
   
   

The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

   
   
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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

   
   
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When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

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