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Hot Weather

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Modern World, News, Teens, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , on 06/08/2018 by floroy1942

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All over the world the temperatures are getting hotter, and the there seems no end to it. In Europe the weather is climbing, and it will rise in August. When winter comes there will be cold and snow everywhere and the we will be up to our eyeballs in snow.

The weather is changing and I predict it will the heat will be higher next year. People are dying from the heat all over the world and it is getting worse. In winter there will be many more deaths as the cold grips certain countries.

The number of cars on the roads is getting to be bigger and bigger and we have to stop this. These cars are effecting the weather and we have to reduce the cars on the roads. Some people have four cars for the sons and daughters, and this is effecting the traffic on the road. This has to stop.

In twenty years time we will have electric cars on the road, but that is a long time away. In the meantime the pollution is getting worse by the minute, and we will be suffering with the congestion of the atmosphere. Already there is contamination in the air and people breath it in. We have already seen many people die from lung cancer and this will get worse.

I am glad I am seventy-five and I will maybe see eighty before I die, but the young folk will suffer in the long run. We have to do something about it by reducing the cars on the roads.

Roy.

Temperatures

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, China, Environment, European Union, News, Spain, Traffic, UK with tags , , , , on 31/07/2018 by floroy1942

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Its getting hotter and hotter this year and it won’t end until winter comes, and who knows what the winter will bring. In the Middle East its well over forty degrees, and we can expect close to forty degrees in Europe this August. All over the world it is getting hotter and the weather is to blame.

We are contaminating the skies with our with our gases and car exhausts as never before, and this is causing the hot weather. I predict that it will get hotter next year as the contamination gets worse.

We have to do something about it before all of us die from the extreme temperatures. It will get worse year on year as the climate is clogged up with the poisonous gases that we emit. There are too many cars on the road and we have to make sure they are reduced. The entire world is choking with cars and they are are emitting far too much gas. In Marbella we get traffic jams every day during the summer and this has to stop. Not only Marbella, but all across the world in America, China and many other countries there are traffic jams.

They pollute the atmosphere with their exhausts, and some people in China wear gas masks to stop the contamination from getting into their lungs. This will be world-wide in a few years time. Already people are dying from the contamination with lung cancer.

It is time the governments of the world started reducing the number of cars on the road to stop this contamination. It will take a hundred years for the contamination to reduce and we are surely going to die from the fumes.

Electric cars are the answer for they will not contaminate the atmosphere, but how long before all people are travelling in electric cars. It will take years and years before the whole world is using electric cars, and the contamination will get worse.

But what of the power stations for charging the batteries? We must build new power stations for the hundreds and thousands of cars on the road. They will have charging stations all across the world and they must have power to charge their engines. Prices will rise for the electricity and few people can afford it. This will cut down the number of vehicles on the road and this is a good thing.

We have a long way to go to before the world gets better and it will take years.

Roy.

Heading For Disasater

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, England, Environment, European Union, Health, Human Rights, News, Summit with tags , , , , on 24/02/2018 by floroy1942

What is the world coming to? All across the world we see demonstrations by people, and war. I think the world is going crazy! When I was young the world was at peace with almost no demonstrations, and the only thing was the tension between the West and Russia. But things have changed dramatically in this modern era.

Now we see demonstrations across the world and war in the Middle East, and it never stops. The United Nations have been doing nothing except call for peace between nations and they are completely ignored. We have tensions between Russia and the United States and this could lead to war between the two nations. The Russians are backing the war in the Middle East despite the actions in the United Nations.

It is time for the United Nations to do something about it. All countries have been in agreement with the end to the war in the Middle East, and yet the Russians veto the proposals put forward by all other countries. It is time to stop this, and have to relinquish the moment when Russia can veto all actions taken by the majority of countries. We need to have a majority verdict by all nations, instead of one country being able to stop the procedures taken by the United Nations.

I have lived now for seventy-five years, and the changes in the world have been catastrophic. Things are getting worse and worse as countries fight each other, and terrorism is the only thing that is causing this. Although we have seen demonstrations across the world where people are not happy with their governments and the way they do things. Europe is the only safe conglomerate of nations where we do not see mass demonstrations against the governments. There are of course other countries where peace, to a certain extent is quiet, but not all across the world. In South America we see daily the news of mass demonstrations in countries like Venezuela  where the country is ruled by a despot.

It is time the world returned to peace, and if it is necessary, the United Nations should step in with an international force to stop the fighting in Syria. In other parts of the world the same thing should apply where nations are at war.

All across the world we have seen disastrous weather that is tearing the world apart. Flooding and destruction have been happening and we have to do something about it. Before long the world will become unlivable if this weather continues. It is all due to our contamination of the atmosphere that surrounds us.

There are too many cars in the world and this is destroying our atmosphere. Already in China people are wearing masks to stop the contamination from getting into their lungs, and before long we will see this spreading to other parts of the world.

We have to cut down on the number of vehicles across the world to prevent more contamination. Laws need to be passed where it is necessary to ban diesel vehicles, and all families should only have one vehicle. This will greatly reduce the contamination of our atmosphere, and within maybe fifty years we will see relatively clean air. This will allow people to breath properly and reduce the lung disease of many of our citizens.

The trouble is, governments around the world are not doing enough to clean up the atmosphere, and they are afraid to implement the changes necessary. But if we as a human race are to survive on this planet this needs to be done. All nations need to agree on the conditions to clean up our atmosphere, but that will never happen. We will go on in the same old way until the human race is finished.

Roy.

‘Car-less’ Cities By 2050? A New EU Plan.

Posted in Britain, England, Environment, Europe, Germany, Government Spending, Modern World, Spain, Traffic, Travel, UK with tags , , , , , , , , on 28/03/2011 by floroy1942

A possible solution to the problem of cars in city centres has been put forward in the latest report from the European Commission. They suggest that all petrol and diesel cars should be banned from european cities by the year 2050. This would suggest that if you have an all-electric car there should be plenty of parking spaces!

Paris Traffic Madness! 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/TTtsmBYIShATransport

Siim Kallas - A Man Of Vision?

Commissioner Siim Kallas is of the opinion that apart from banning these cars in cities, he would like to see what he calls, ‘middle-distance’ journeys moved from road to rail. He states that all journeys of more than +/- 186 miles could be made by train instead of by car. 

The Commissioner also advocates a 40% reduction in shipping emissions, which he suggests when combined with the saving by vehicles, would reduce carbon emissions by around 60% and reduce our dependence on oil. Without doubt, a lofty target but is it possible? Hmmm! Doubtful!

London Traffic:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/XRh6_D3hslA

The only trouble is, it would take an unprecedented amount of coöperation from governments (something they have never gotten used to), and a major shift in public behaviour (which I doubt will ever happen). At the moment, to travel by train, or even bus, costs an arm and a leg so that is the first hurdle. Second is the fact that with the buses in particular, they don’t pick you up at your door and drop you outside your favourite shop or  bar, and most irritatingly, after a night out they stop running about an hour before you need to journey home. Typical!

People have an aversion to using their legs these days, a fact you can see every day by the lazy so-and-so’s who double park three car lengths from an empty slot or block an exit: “I’ll only be a minute” says he/she! There is little doubt that for many legs are going out of fashion. This has led, inevitably, to our current dependence on the car.

Rome Traffic:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/PyqWPdXZCpc

Damn! Damn! A Jam!

So, first things first! To begin with, bus and train companies would have to lower their fares to such an extent that the general public find it cheaper to use these forms of transport than their own car. It really is a basic economic exercise, if you increase the turnover you can make the same profit achieved by high prices (i.e. 2×50 = 100/10×10 = 100). The only problem with this scenario is that it takes time to generate the numbers that compensate for the reduced prices. During this period it is most likely bus companies would be running at a loss until people took up the offer. Dangerous ground!

Secondly, the logistics surrounding bus routes and train stops would be a major headache in more ways than one. Let us deal with buses first. How do you plan your bus routes, not only through the city, but more importantly the residential areas outside the centre to maximise passenger pickup? If someone lives half a mile from the nearest bus stop they will use the car. Logical! The same goes for anyone who has a long walk to the office once in the city, as few people like to change buses to get to their destination.

In answer to this problem, many major cities like London and Paris have a Metro system which compliments the buses very well, so for this plan to go ahead a massive investment in such a system would be necessary. Whoops! Now we are talking about spending money!

Other cities have tram systems that serve the inner city quite well, but how far would you want to extend the tram network, and how costly would it be?

Bucharest Traffic:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/rzV1LLXOZcc

With train services we have a similar problem. If a train stops at every station to provide the necessary links to the city, the journey becomes intolerably long. If the train does not stop at every station many would-be passengers will use the car. In this day and age, many people travel 30 to 50 miles to work each day, a result of people wishing to live outside the city in surrounding towns and villages. It is a fact that many City of London workers actually live in Northern France and travel daily to work on the Eurostar!

Eurostar

The one thing the report has failed to mention, which has surprised me somewhat, is getting the long distance trucks off the road. Huge 25 ton HGV’s are travelling the length and breadth of Europe 24 hours a day (I hate 24/7) and yet they seem to have been overlooked in the study. It would without a doubt be a huge relief to see all these 16/18 wheel monsters disappear off our motorways, which is something I covered in a post a couple of years ago:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/truck-rail-a-way-to-beat-congestion/

There is little doubt such a move would certainly prompt people into buying electric cars for their daily commute into the city, but therein lies a beast waiting to pounce. Should we see a predominance of electric vehicles, which by necessity will be in their tens of thousands for every major city in Europe, we will without doubt run out of power generating capacity, i.e. electricity!

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/electric-cars-a-viable-alternative/

I must admit, I think the basic plan has many good points and may be some sort of blueprint for the future, but its implementation will be a major headache for governments across the continent, and it will probably never leave the drawing board.

Pity, for at some time in the future the oil will start to run out and then only the mega-rich will be able to afford the luxury of a car. For the rest of us it will gather dust in the garage and become a fading memory of the good times.

Roy.

Update 28/03/2011 1900hrs:

Norman Baker Says: On 'Yer' Bike!

Since posting this article more information has come to light via the BBC. It would seem that although this is only a proposal, it has been rejected ‘out of hand’ by the UK Transport Minister Norman Baker who said: “We will not be banning cars from city centres anymore than we will be having rectangular bananas.” In his rejection he said that the EU Commission should not be involved in “individual cities transport choices”. He stated that the UK is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by investing £400m to support electric cars (oops), and by promoting walking and cycling! (Wow Norman, that’ll certainly help!!!)

This attitude doesn’t surprise me, because british politicians have never been able to decide if they want to be ‘in’ Europe or not. Whatever comes out of Strasburg or Brussells is usually met with scepticism and distrust, mainly due to the the negative spin put on it by the British press. It never ceases to amaze me that the idea of a united Europe works for everyone except the bloody British!

 

The Hypocrisy of Government and Global Warming

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, Budget Cuts, England, Environment, Europe, Forests, Government, Government Spending, Insanity, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, Senior Citizen, Summit, Traffic, Travel, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06/12/2010 by floroy1942

Britain Needs Leadership. Not Hypocrisy!

Governments the world over are often accused of hypocrisy, but none can surely be as blatant as that of the British government. Two months ago I reported on a decision by the Tory-Liberal Coalition to sell off Britain’s forests (26/10/2010 – Death Knell for Britain’s Forests) for development to help in cutting the budget deficit, now it appears they have reversed direction, but not as you would expect.

A new government initiative is being trumpeted to spend £4.2 million on planting trees in urban areas. Called the ‘Big Tree Plant’ campaign, it aims at planting 1 million trees in Britain’s towns and cities over the next four years. They claim it will not only be “good for our bank balance but good for our well being“.

Preferable to Concrete!

As a project, I applaud it wholeheartedly but then if planting trees is such a good thing, why do far more damage to “our well being” by turning our forests into holiday parks and golf courses. To me it just doesn’t make sense and I am sure most people will fail to understand the logic.

It is true that people will feel happier walking down a tree-lined street than through a concrete jungle, because trees break up the monotony of bricks, mortar and glass shop fronts. But there is a far more urgent need for trees in an urban area, one that most should know, but few think of: Air quality!

It is no secret that trees, and indeed all plants, feed on the CO2 we pollute the atmosphere with and replace it with life-giving oxygen. In all things there is balance in Nature!

Flooding on the Increase

Check out the news on any day and you will find reports of landslides, flooding, hurricanes and typhoons, drought and severe storms across the world. Anyone over the age of thirty will be able to recall that these phenomena have increased dramatically over the past 15-20 years, and by all accounts are set to get even worse as the years go by.

I have consistently demonstrated on this blog my deep concern for the future of mankind, and the way we are destroying our habitat with harmful emissions and razing the one thing that will keep future generations alive even with global warming, the worlds forests.

I am 68 years old and will not have to suffer the disastrous consequences of our actions today, but I fear for future generations who will. It is not until ALL people realise just what we are doing to our planet, that we will eventually come out of the current global warming tragedy that is overtaking us now.

Of course, apart from the rain forest destruction there is the quantity of emissions we pump into the atmosphere that contribute to global warming. This is another problem requiring drastic action, but sadly, one that no nation seems to want to do more than talk about. They have held Global Warming Conferences now for some years, but as we all know, nothing concrete comes out of them because all countries put their own interests before those of the planet.

Is your Car Journey Really Necessary?

As the effects of global warming start to really bite I can see laws passed world-wide that will for example, limit all families to one car. Currently it is not uncommon for a single family have three and four cars because the parents and their offspring need individual transportation. It is still true today that more than 90% of vehicles on the road have only one occupant!

On the Ground and In the Air!

Air travel may also be restricted to essential journeys only. Gone will be your holiday flights to far-off destinations!

In my opinion, all the wild weather we are currently experiencing is due not only to global warming, but also the irresponsible destruction of the world’s rain forests. In Brazil recently it was reported that the Great Amazon Rain Forest was suffering its first major drought in history. Something must be badly wrong when a rain forest experiences drought.

A Target For Greedy Men.

To me there is little doubt that the Amazon Rain Forest is the main ‘powerhouse’ of weather patterns in the Caribbean, America and Europe. As it has shrunk over the years, so has the weather changed proportionally.

The sad fact is, the Amazon is not the only place under threat, for an identical situation is taking place in Africa and the Far East. There too forests have been decimated, and the weather patterns have changed as the destruction has progressed.

The Scale of Destruction

I am sure the trend can be reversed, and it would not be so difficult if only the will were there. Instead of continuing the wanton destruction of the world’s forests and the ceaseless pumping out of greenhouse gases, we should be doing our level best to reverse the damage we have done.

Many will say; “we need wood” and they are right, but there is nothing wrong in expanding the idea of “Sustainable Forests” that is already working in many countries.

Tackling the greenhouse gas problem is more complicated, but measures such as restricting the number of cars, unpopular as it may be, could help to tip the scales in our favour.

Natural Balance Will Return - But Will We Be Here?

There seems little doubt that Nature will return eventually to a state of balance, but the over-riding factor is, will WE still be here? Food for thought!

Roy.

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