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Falling in Line to Draft a Bit for Better

If we fail to fall in line and draft a bit with the UN climate-change structure starting now, we will not pass on to the next generation a planet that can support human life.

New studies continue to show more health-related costs of exposure to air pollution especially among men who are developing retarded cognitive abilities and especially retarded verbal skills from exposure to ongoing air pollution.

Fighting forward to clean the air, more socially responsible cities are swapping out diesel buses for electric ones with new ones coming on line in city transport networks daily. In the US, for example, more grant money is available for this purpose, but many cities lack leadership and certified professionals to limit emissions without more independent civilian oversight and involvement.

City centers in Europe, including Germany, are restricting diesel engines due to harmful and unnecessary pollution. Meanwhile, in Australia and other places, VW continues to fail pollution tests three years after the diesel scandal uncovered deceptive emission technologies used by VW to hide from government inspectors the real amounts of pollution emitted by VW diesel engines in society and corresponding costs of pollution.

A new global study shows intuitively that internationally wider roads with more lanes without protective buffering at higher speeds lead to three times more deaths to cyclists. Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, had approximately three times more deaths this past year than Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen and Toronto, for example, due to poorly designed eco-infrastructure.

Governments should show more care and love for their people by providing them with safe infrastructure which in turn develops happier, healthier and more productive and independent-minded citizens.

Well-to-sale cycles for crude oil production account for more than 40 percent of carbon emissions in transport, according to a recent study cited in Science. Policies need to encourage innovation and reduced flaring, i.e., direct methane burning as well as lower price per barrel market incentives to clean up this large source of growingly harmful and dangerous carbon pollution.

Country policies like Denmark with electrical on-shore power options and stronger regulation should be studied and adapted where possible. Phasing in cleaner energy and reducing consumption of crude oil based on its horrific carbon emissions compared to cleaner energy sources would also be effective and desirable for many countries.

The US record in this regard is poor and backward as it continually ranks in the top ten for flaring that significantly increases pollutants in our air.

Some countries, including Russia, need to provide better facts to the IPCC, so that proper solutions may be implemented to more effectively improve our air quality by reducing well-to-sale emissions for crude oil production.

Decreases in demand at present would also help prolong our life on Earth.

With record rainfalls this year in many places, more can be done at local and at state levels to harvest rainwater for private and public gardens, for example, and even for farming.

Conservation and innovation can be two important pillars of sound water policies in our time of climate-change as rainfall increases and moves closer to the Earth’s poles.

Rain barrels and irrigation and storage techniques can be brought on line to turn off faucets for these purposes and also reduce demand on water tables to save for times of drought to prevent another Johannesburg.

As the war on plastic continues, including reducing and processing millions of tonnes of plastic washed up on the beaches of Africa yearly, more products are being made from recycling plastic, including, for example, backpacks that rely on 30 used plastic bottles per backpack made.

In addition to creating new products using old plastic, of course, plastic can also be used over and over again many times to reduce consumption, including reusing plastic containers for transporting and delivering water, etc. or individually reducing demand by choosing to not use plastic bags for groceries, etc., in favour of biodegradable paper or long-life, reusable cloth bags.

As we ride on, we are reducing our footprints with care and practice and perhaps most importantly developing stronger moral authority and leadership in our areas but decision makers need to be pressured more to make the right decisions, without empty words, to preserve our way of life for the next generation.

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