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Opinion

October 2, 2013

What to do to combat effects of climate change

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5. Establish an alternative and a zero carbon research center in northern Essex County to educate the populace regarding all of the personal and community innovations that are available that reduce carbon emissions, e.g., turning plastic into oil.

6. Dramatically increase the use of public and mass transportation to get around, especially to reduce traffic levels between here and Boston.

7. Put bike lanes throughout the area to encourage non-internal combustion transportation.

8. Recycle the majority of material from the dismantling of any residential or commercial property. Encourage the renovation and use of existing homes and buildings rather than new ones.

9. Seek advice regarding appropriate and sustainable economic and industrial development, e.g., waste to energy for light manufacturing.

10. Grow your own food and shop for local produce. Transportation of food is a significant contributor to carbon emissions

These are just a very few of the steps that we could and should be taking if we were serious about climate change.

Without intending to, the industrial era has created a problem that may take many centuries to resolve.

On the other hand, unforeseen and unexpected technological breakthroughs could reverse the damage much more quickly than I anticipate. Nature is benign.

If we stop introducing wobble into its cycles of behavior, they’ll restore themselves. If we don’t, we are all going to be, literally, in the soup.

Michael Sales

Newburyport

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