A few things we can do to help tackle global warming
KUDOS to our prime minister for speaking out at the recently concluded talks on global warming, declaring that Malaysia will collaborate with other UN member nations to help reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere.
Of course, there is a need to address the following sensitive issues which need someone like our PM to take the lead on and tackle.
1. How do we go about reducing CO2 emissions when the volume of cars on our roads keeps increasing every year by some one million new units?
2. Prominent negative contributions, such as radiated heat and smoke from traffic jams or traffic belching soot on the roads also affect global warming.
3. We use air-conditioners in great numbers for houses, shops, factories and offices and for cars as well. Is the coolant gas used environmental friendly or not?
4. The Government should also set up a watchdog committee to see that hawkers and shopkeepers stop using plastic bags, plastic containers, plastic wrappers, plastic bottles and bowls and cups, as these are non-biodegradable and contribute to global warming.
5. Factories discharging waste gases into the atmosphere must be monitored regularly to ensure that their contents comply with the permitted safety levels.
These are just a few things which the Government should do to kick-start action on containing greenhouse gases.
Lau Bing could stand to know his/her stuff a little better. I won’t be too harsh, as he/she could be just a young ‘un inexperienced in the ways of Wikipedia-ing for information before compiling a letter.
But if you’re Googling your name, Lau Bing, then please know that:
1) Agreed on this, but for different reasons from yours. Rewind the clock 50 years and build up a useable public transport system like Singapore’s. Or barring the availability of Hiro Nakamura, get the government to drop the duty on foreign cars so we can all buy a Prius.
2) Radiated heat is actually supposed to be discounted as ‘urban heat island effect‘. Researchers are supposed to adjust their data to compensate for the local (not global) effects of cities on temperature. However, in practise, they often ignore this fundamental – thus leading to artificial rises in temperature. And FYI, soot fights global warming.
3) A simple Google or wikipedia search would reveal the answer – some are.
4) Plastics that do not biodegrade actually prevent the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – as the carbon is all sequestered into the plastic polymer, which never degrades and thus never releases it. So plastics = good for ‘fighting global warming’, bad for landfills and biodegradation. Try not to mix up your environmental issues.
5) Agreed on this, but for different reasons from yours.
In conclusion, do please take a look at Global Warming is Unfactual (especially the Worldwide Weather section) and see if it changes your views on how much of a threat global really is.