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Greenland is melting even faster than experts thought, study finds
22 April 2019 - Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level rise, according to a new study. With global warming, the island will lose much more, threatening coastal cities around the world. (more)

Mexico murder rate rises in first three months of 2019
22 April 2019 - The first three months of 2019 have seen a 9.6% increase in murders in Mexico, official figures suggest. The figures from the National System for Public Security are particularly worrying as 2018 had the highest murder rate since Mexico began keeping records of homicides. (more)

Philippines rocked by deadly 6.1-magnitude earthquake
22 April 2019 - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Bodega on the Philippine island of Luzon on Monday [22 April], according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake could be felt in the capital of Manila as well as other parts of Luzon. CNN Philippines said that at least 52 aftershocks have been recorded. Skyscrapers swayed from the force of the quake, causing frightened office workers to flee the high-rise buildings in the capital. (more)

US: Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline
22 April 2019 - More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and bumblebees were also taking a toll on the lesser studied bee species in New Hampshire. ... Bees are critical pollinators, and about a third of the human diet comes from plants that are pollinated by insects. (more)

'Decades of denial': major report finds New Zealand's environment is in serious trouble
21 April 2019 - A report on the state of New Zealand's environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl. Environment Aotearoa is the first major environmental report in four years, and was compiled using data from Statistics New Zealand and the environment ministry. (more)

'Their birthright is being lost': New Zealanders fret over polluted rivers
21 April 2019 - According to a recent poll, water pollution is now New Zealanders' number one concern: 82 percent of respondents said they want tougher protections for waterways, ranking it as a priority above the housing crisis, the rising cost of living, and child poverty. ... According to the environment ministry, two-thirds of all rivers are now unswimmable and three-quarters of New Zealand's native freshwater fish species are threatened with extinction. Cow effluent and fertilizer run-off are significant polluters of inland waterways, as are beef, sheep, and deer farming. Mass deforestation and the extensive clearing of native wetlands has also played a significant role. (more)

Microplastics found in 'pristine' Pyrenees mountains
16 April 2019 - Scientists have found that a secluded region in the Pyrenees mountains -- previously considered pristine wilderness -- is covered with airborne microplastics. A team from Strathclyde and Toulouse universities spent five months in the area, which straddles France and Spain. They estimate that each day an average of 365 tiny plastic fragments or fibres settled on every square metre of land. The nearest major city -- Toulouse -- is about 75 miles away. (more)

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists
13 April 2019 - The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. ... The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, walling off villages. But not this year. ... Rapid, profound changes tied to high atmospheric temperatures, a direct result of climate change, may be reordering the region's physical makeup. Ocean researchers are asking themselves if they're witnessing the transformation of an ecosystem. (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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