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I am sure that as motorists in the HRM you have come across road construction during the summer and during peak traffic hours. Even as a non driver a few years ago I would be consistently late for work, or have to leave very early to catch a bus because of road construction.
This has to change, other major cities in Canada and in the world do roadwork at night to limit the effect on traffic. Its time for the HRM to catch up.
It should not take 60+ minutes to drive from Burnside to Clayton Park, not only is it an inconvenience, but its terrible for the environment. Think of the amount of cars on the road and the amount of emissions being produced. People are not going to stop driving, but if we can make the journey shorter we can at least help reduce the pollution problem.
March 22, 2006
There is an urgent need to tackle Global Warming. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the air is increasing rapidly. The main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide has increased it's concentration by 35% since the industrial revolution and its concentration is rising at over half a per cent per year. As a result the earth has warmed by half a degree Celsius in the last thirty years.
The Arctic is warming much faster than the rest of the world.
The warming is caused by the emissions by human society of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, which absorb infra red light in the lower atmosphere.
Continuing emissions of these gases are causing a grave danger that the Arctic will warm sufficiently to cause the sea ice to melt completely in late summer leading to a runaway greenhouse event.
The best way of avoiding this future is to make huge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions immediately. There should be an immediate global reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, by 35%, but assuming the world will not agree to this Britain should take the lead and make these reductions unilaterally by taxing carbon emissions. Hopefully the rest of the world, especially nations with high per capita emissions of greenhouse gases will follow our example.
Even deeper cuts will have to follow so that global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced over the next few years by 75%.
Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have increased 16.9% in the past decade. The year 2000 saw the highest annual increase in emissions since 1990. It now seems nearly impossible for Australia to reach its Kyoto targets.
Already there is evidence of widespread coral bleaching and unless there is urgent action, we face losing large areas of the Great Barrier Reef within the next 40 years.