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Improving Public Policy to Change Climate for the Better

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The discovery of nine new mosquito species, including ones capable of surviving frost, once again proves the miracle of nature and its inherent ability to adapt, survive and thrive in climate change.

We should ban spraying antibiotics on citrus and other agricultural crops because it does not address the root cause of diseases and is short-term. Spraying would also likely weaken immune systems in human beings as well as increase resistance to treatments in humans using antibiotics.

After the overwhelming confirmation of the new law strengthening arms control in New Zealand, other countries also need to follow suit and to strengthen not only legislation but also the culture of peaceful resolution of issues.

Synthetic biology’s promise to replace petro fuels with non-polluting environmentally friendly ones as well as replacing fatty meats with tastier proteins should be encouraged with better public policy, including legislation and financing to improve our plight and well being. Increasing taxes and fines on fossil fuel producers as well as for convicted fraud in advertising from food companies would generate more revenues to invest in synthetic biology research and development.

A recent FTC ruling against an Indian publishing house for among other things not fulfilling terms of contracts with researchers and writers offers a precedent to level the playing field between writers, researchers and publishers. All too often, contracts need to be reviewed and publishers reminded of their obligations when after taking money they should be far more obligated and proactive in supporting their client’s interests to mutual benefit.

With more than 14 extreme weather events in the US in 2018 and each costing over USD 1 billion due to ongoing changing climate from ongoing increases in fossil fuels, it is critical to work further at mitigation, including at state and local levels, through adding science advisors to political administrations tasked with mitigation, prevention and response as frequency and intensity of weather events increases in changing climate.

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