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INCREASE.  It furthers one

To undertake something.

It furthers one to cross the great water.

Sacrifice on the part of those above for the increase of those below fills the people with a sense of joy and gratitude that is extremely valuable for the flowering of the common good.  In such times of progress and successful development it is necessary to work and make the best use of the time.  This time resembles the marriage of heaven and earth, when the earth partakes of the creative power of heaven, forming and bringing forth living beings.  The time of INCREASE does not endure, therefore it must be utilised while it lasts.

I-Ching hexagram No 42, thrown 19 November 09



Total carbon emission generated by Shanghai in one year is nearly double that of Sydney and triple that of Tokyo, according to recent research on climate change in Asia and major Pacific cities.

With industry generating more than 60% of local carbon emissions, restructuring of industry holds the key, said experts from Tongji University’s College of Environmental Science.

Preliminary results compared carbon emission and climate policies if Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Bangkok.

According to the research, Shanghai, with the biggest population and the fastest economic growth of the four, discharged more than 5400 tons of carbon equivalent a year. That was the highest total carbon emission of the four cities, and also the highest per unit of gross domestic product.

Sydney had the highest emission per person and per square kilometre.

Shanghai Daily, 17 November 09



Asia Pacific leaders are backing away from a target of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, pledging instead to ”substantially” slash them by that date, the latest draft of their summit statement says.

“The 50 percent reduction did appear in the draft, but it was very controversial,” said Yi Xianliang, counsellor at the department of treaty and law at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is negotiating in the climate talks.

“If the reduction was in this statement, it might have disrupted negotiations,” Yi told a news conference, adding the decision to remove the target was a collective decision.

Hopes have largely been dashed that the Copenhagen meeting will yield a legally binding framework for a new climate deal. Arguments over targets have been a key stumbling block in U.N. negotiations and at other forums, such as the G8.

Reuters, Singapore, 14 November 09

1 comment to Increase

  • Kathryn Edwards

    Isn’t this one of the difficulties of life: how to know what we know?

    How to live/implement it, espousing congruence? Where are the accessible sources of wisdom and guidance for achieving this? What is the benchmark for Right Living?

    I am attracted to Joanna Macy’s proposal that the Great Turning comes from humans’ empathetic and compassionate embrace of fear and anxiety, one’s own and others’, leading to a creative state in the heartmind.

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