Canada should follow the U.S. lead

Letter writer calls for federal government to act on climate change

The MP report written by Colin Mayes had a column title of Action taken. The report came out shortly after the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

I was very pleased that Mr. Mayes informed readers about the action taken to reduce emissions by the Canadian government. Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 5.1 per cent from 2005. The column  stated that climate change is a fact.

Mayes went on to say that what causes that change is still being studied.

However, 97 per cent of climate scientists agree that man is the main cause of climate change.

The science is easy to understand. There is now 42 per cent more C02 in our atmosphere than before man started burning fossil fuels.

Mayes states that sea levels have not risen. This is not correct.

The World Meteorological Organization, which does scientific studies on ocean levels, reported that sea levels are rising at an increasing rate. CBC News showed film footage of Miami, Fla. where some streets were under water during certain times of the year because of the ocean rising from climate change.

The WMO reported that Arctic Sea ice has significantly decreased this year. Arctic warming is twice as fast as the global average contrary to Mayes’ statement that the polar ice cap has increased.

Since 1978, sea ice cover has declined by about nine per cent per decade. Our MP also mentioned that the polar bear population was at a 20-year high. The World Wildlife Fund contradicts that by stating that there is a 40 per cent population loss for polar bears in Canada. The cause is loss of sea ice caused by climate change.

Mayes states glaciers in the Himalayas are not disappearing. However, studies have been done in the Garhwal Himalayas that indicate that most  central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035. National Geographic reported a study done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that spring fresh water ice break-up in the northern hemisphere now occurs nine days earlier than it did 150 years ago.

Canada’s reduction in greenhouse gases is a good start but we now need to follow the ambitious commitments that the U.S. and China have recently agreed to make.

The U.S. has agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by 29 per cent by 2025 and China has joined with President Obama to also drastically reduce emissions.

Solutions to solve the greenhouse gas problem will be good for our economy as renewable energy will stimulate really good jobs and reduce the enormous tax burden on governments and insurance companies who pay out billions of dollars from damage done by extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Also, technology, such as electric vehicles, will improve our air quality which will reduce health care costs.

 

Terry Dyck

Vernon