New studies in climatology show a curious relationship between intensity of weather events and increases in Earth’s temperature. For example a one degree increase in the Earth’s temperature is believed to increase the intensity of the most intensive weather events, e.g., hurricanes by 6 to 7 percent.
While we ride and lead to improve quality of life at the helm of eco-transport, we are learning to use our deepening expert understanding of nature to work with its superior forces to economic prosperity and to more happiness for more people.
As rainfall patterns shift to the poles with more rainfall closer to the polls generally and less toward the equator and mid-ranges, more natural and ecological friendly means of storing increasing levels of rainfall are being employed, including more human-built marshes with vibrant natural floras, inland ponds, creeks, brooks, rivers, etc. that capture carbon with more dynamic and mature foliage that also lower temperatures and increase oxygen levels, etc. compared to large open asphalt spaces that invert poisonous gases and cause great harm to human beings.
Local government employees continue to gladly accept hard-earned advice and implement recommendations but are slow to come around to paying invoices for services rendered to cover costs of obtaining expertise and developing the IP that is the foundation of recommendations.
In sleepier and slower places, editors cower to the stench of status quo and fail to ride the growing wave of positive solutions to problems of the day in eco-transport, including failing to print editorials urging more readers to complain about negligent officials regarding poor eco-planning and implementation of projects to spur positive change for the better in our outdoors now.
The latest increases in global warming in the US are due to poor policy and denial of scientific realities. However, fiscal necessities to begin mitigating against growing costs of pollution in our time in a truer accountancy, including evacuating flood zones and high-risk fire areas, are forcing governments to ultimately follow the spirit of the Paris Agreement.
At all levels of government, leaders have become reckless as in the case of the Flint water debacle where the move to a new local water supply system had not been properly tested to eliminate known harmful chemicals before being turned on to supply water to local residents.
The state has been forced by federal courts to provide clean drinking water per federal laws as well as provide clean and safe water supply piping. But justice regarding negligent city and state officials is still being served.
Proper planning and implementation steps had been avoided to save money once again in the short term but with longer term costs for recklessness and negligence resulting from poor science and poorer planning and testing.
The recent Nature article on the Johannesburg water crisis is incorrect to rule out water conservation as part of an ongoing solution for any city to deal more effectively with adequate water supply in a changing climate. Conservation can be one part of any dynamic plan for a city to maintain adequate reserve levels.
Recent government grant announcements that focus on only dam monitoring as sole improvements to solve the issue of increasing flooding are too inflexible and too costly.
Human-made ponds, aquifers or marshes, etc., are all important options that deserve funding to provide more dynamic eco-friendly options for more environmental security as well as richer and more vibrant eco-systems in surrounding areas.
As electricity from renewed energy passes natural gas and eventually overtakes oil as our main source of clean energy, cities can begin phasing in small electric all-utility vehicles to clean streets, clear snow, pick up garbage, etc. New small electric micro ferries with capacities for up to 12 people will also transport people.
Currently mass produced small electric engines for such purposes in Europe are improving to distances of 75 miles per charge with load capacities increasing up to 1 tonne, and speeds increasing to 60 miles per hour.
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