As we continue to lead the way in making sacrifices to grow and to manage the global, sustainable low-carbon economy, we can shift down into a more challenging gear and accelerate our responses to climate-change data to minimize suffering and maximize prosperity.
Instead of only gathering all the statistics after destructive weather events and denying growing changes in climate conditions due to increasing emissions, we need to mitigate pro-actively using global standards applying the best results from applicable regions throughout the world with useful precedents to guide policy and decision-making now.
Clean air, water and soil issues are global and transcend borders of any one state and local leaders should follow global trends far more to make better policy.
However, oftentimes policy and decision makers are found out to be not following along on global standards and practices and hiding behind “this is here” and “it has always been that way here” status-quo shucks and irrationally and sickly resist positive change that is also faith and hope based for ourselves and our children.
Polluting here and vacationing there is highly irresponsible and should be heavily taxed.
Once again policymakers refuse to return phone calls and require complaints as they guard the treasury uningeniously.
eTransportation infrastructure now requires not only separation from cars to be safe but also ongoing clean-air measurements with alerts on where not to travel or where to travel and when based on increasing incidences of disease and illness from exposure to poisonous pollution.
With sea levels predicted to rise up to 2.1 meters by 2100 it is critical now to move forward with funding and executing less expensive and ecologically wiser projects that rely on working more with natural processes of nature to protect millions of people living in dangerous coastal areas, including recreating lost marshes from over the last two centuries from unsound urban and residential sprawl that have many benefits with far less costs.
The funding of science in the US is in need of reform. Younger, productive and ambitious PIs with new approaches and ideas need to be more seriously considered. There should be no lottery system for awarding grants this would jeopardize the ethics and validity of professional panels that award grants based on merits for society overall.
However, there should be a cap placed on grants to specific PIs to encourage PIs in critical and new emerging fields to be awarded justly funding.
The system should also be opened more fairly to private entities who at present are restricted from many grants or undergo far more scrutiny and much more compliance.
Once again the priorities of government spending should seriously be questioned and realigned with climate change in mind. Defense spending is now 2400 times as much as spending on NIH.
Investing more and working with the holistic health of individuals would reduce significantly medical costs to the system and develop more vibrant and dynamic individuals to better contribute to our overall well-being in a changing world without borders.
Reducing defense spending would encourage and improve our production at home and abroad in other fields as well, including science and research and development.
Participants in scientific research should seriously consider the positive benefits of one’s own faith in the process as well as on final outcomes.
Independence and openness should be considered more and tangibly rewarded in grant decisions. Too often these words become empty phrases on applications where one never receives responses until further initiating contacts.
It can become a vicious circle with some funders in terms of making revisions based on recommendations to no end in an unending and materially unrewarded submission that builds good-will cache for another.
Many believe that the risk of a world war in the current global dynamic has come to an end. Less defense spending could be better and far more effectively spent on patrolling and maintaining stable borders between states to secure trade routes and trade zones where occasional skirmishes can occur.
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